Plan, Prepare, Teach
In online learning, all course activity is completed online with no in-person on-campus activity required. Plan, Prepare, Teach is a framework to expedite online course development and delivery to move beyond remote teaching toward engaging, student-centered learning. The framework emphasizes applying evidence-based practices for learners, aligned with learning outcomes, while ensuring accessibility for students.
Additionally, there are recorded workshops to assist with online learning.
Designing your course: explore Planning Your Course: A Decision Guide to think about situational factors affecting your design.
- Determine your learning outcomes
- Make sure your syllabus is updated and reflects how you will teach in an online setting
- Identify gaps (in course content, technical skills, readiness and comfort, etc.)
- Consider active learning strategies to engage your students
- Use this worksheet to create an assessment plan for your course
- Visit the Library Support for Remote Teaching Page for assistance with library resources
- Check guidelines for weekly teaching time expectations* by course duration and credits
- Check time estimates for instructional and learning activities* to plan student activity times
* The weekly teaching time expectations and time estimates for instructional and learning activities above were developed by Pennsylvania State University. The guidelines and estimates also match New York State Education Program policies.
Familiarize yourself with available technology tools and resources for online teaching.
- Create and assemble your course content to support your activities
- Use the video tool comparison table to decide which options best address your course
- Create video lectures and recorded sessions or interviews (including captions) using Zoom (live sessions), Panopto (record lectures), and/or Kaltura (share video content)
- Create or modify downloadable course materials (Office, PDF, etc.) to ensure they are accessible to your students
- Use other digital options as needed to engage and assess your students online or in person, such as PowerPoint Voiceover (to record a slide show with narration), Gradescope (to streamline and standardize paper-based, digital, and code assignments), iClickers (to poll students), Digication (to create digital portfolios)
- Ensure that your course content is accessible to maintain an inclusive online teaching environment.
- Build or reorganize your Canvas course with the flow of your students' learning path in mind and ensure your content is accessible (Review a course example)
- Evaluate your course by using the Online Course Readiness Checklist as a guide
- Promote an inclusive environment
- Make accommodations
- Facilitate group activities in both online and in-person settings
- Deliver your assessments and promote academic integrity
Please email us with any questions or for more information on these and other resources for teaching online.