Online & Hybrid Teaching

Online courses are designed a priori to be delivered completely online, with no in-person participation among instructors or students. This is different from providing remote access into the classroom for courses that are taught in-person but have students participating from outside of the classroom (e.g., students who are unable to return to campus, are in quarantine, etc.).For help deciding on how to teach your course this spring, see our Teaching Mode Decision Guide.

If you are new to teaching online at Cornell, we also offer resources for getting started.

Teaching In-Person with Remote Students

Because this teaching scenario involves students in the classroom and students attending remotely, you will engage students in ways that you might not have experienced before. Students will have various ways of responding to you and the class. It takes time to develop this facilitation skill, and we present information and resources to help smooth the transition to teaching in this format.

Online Teaching

In online teaching, all course activity is completed online with no in-person on-campus activity required. Designing an online course means thinking through the interactions you want students to have during the preparation phase, as well as building in flexibility from the beginning through an adaptive course design, what we call resilient pedagogy. To get started, see Plan Your Online Course.

Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the classroom is a response to the idea that class time can be used to engage students in learning through  active learning  techniques, rather than through delivering lectures alone. This can be effective for online & hybrid teaching to help build community through active learning activities during class building on content delivered outside of class time.

Labs, Seminars, & Studios


Instructional methods for assessing and teaching concepts from a laboratory-based course may include topics like using methods and equipment, analyzing results and data, and conducting experiments.


The typically smaller size of a seminar allows you to take advantage of a wide range of options in engaging with course materials.


Teaching an online or hybrid studio class presents a unique set of challenges, and the strategies below can help you run one synchronously (with you and all students present online at the same time) in a remote environment.

Instructor/Student Rapport

Whether teaching entirely online or in a hybrid setting, building and maintaining instructor-student rapport requires a few adjustments to strategies used in a traditional, in-person course. See these resources for setting expectations & communicating with students as this process may feel strange in the new environment. Also, you can take some important steps to make your hybrid or online course inclusive and build community.

The new environment can also change the atmosphere around academic integrity. Learn ways to promote academic integrity in these settings.