Online Teaching: Pedagogy

New CET Resources

Online assessment (without proctoring)

Creating LGBTQ+ inclusive learning environments

Discussing Controversial Political Issues

What to Say: Communicating with Students Who May Need Additional Support

Teaching online and FERPA

Raise Your Hand Function in Zoom 

Live Transcription in Zoom

Resources and Support from the USC Libraries (video)

Planning Your Online Spring Course (video)

Setting Up Your Blackboard Grade Center

Practical Inclusive Methods for Online Social Science Courses
Practical Inclusive Methods for Online STEM Courses
Practical Inclusive Methods for Online Humanities Courses
Practical Inclusive Methods for Online Studio and Performance Courses

Zoom High Fidelity Music Mode

Sources for free images that can be used for presentations and documents

Time zone chart for scheduling live sessions

Blackboard course templates to give instructors a head start on preparing their online or unground course

Course Models for Fall Instruction

Flipped Course Model is important to developing effective online courses that have both synchronous and asynchronous components. The flipped course model can also assist planning for hybrid online/onground courses in the fall 2020 semester.

Hybrid Streaming Model provides a hybrid format for face-to-face and online students. Students may attend face-to-face synchronous class sessions on ground, or participate online, either synchronously (streaming) or asynchronously (Blackboard). The instructor provides simultaneous instruction for students participating both in class and online.

Residential Model  provides examples for how residential experiences may be planned, and a list of considerations for instructors who will be teaching residential experiences–meaning they will teach students in person in a physical classroom at least part of the time during the semester and follow university and departmental guidelines for physical distancing.

Table of Contents

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General considerations

Course workload


Plan your online course

General course structure

Develop course learning objectives

  • Writing learning objectives reviews important factors in developing effective learning objectives.
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy is a model for examining student learning goals that many faculty find useful in developing their courses
  • The learning objectives FAQ answers common questions faculty have about the development and uses of learning objectives

Plan assessments aligned with the course learning objectives

Plan synchronous and asynchronous course components

Create course policies consistent with online teaching

Review syllabus

  • The CET syllabus evaluation tools help faculty identify areas for improvement in their own syllabi. Checklists are available for a variety of course types: online and unground, synchronous and asynchronous
  • The diversity & inclusion syllabus checklist can aid in ensuring that syllabi are consistent with diversity, inclusion, and equity goals.


Prepare your Blackboard course site


Create assignments and tests

Develop aligned assessments

  • The course alignment grid is a practical method for ensuring that your course is coherent and achieves your learning objectives
  • Planning online assessment reviews principles of developing and conducting online assessments
  • Selecting online assessments provides an overview of types of assessments used in online courses and their typical applications
  • Open-book exams reviews the design of exams that allow students to access resources such as textbooks and the Internet
  • Test question design reviews types of questions common in online tests and tips on their use.
  • Handwritten student work provides procedures for having remote students submit work that is typically not digital in nature, such as handwritten equations and drawings

Compose assignment descriptions

Prepare online assessments and exams

Make discussion forums in Blackboard

Develop rubrics


Provide course content to your students via Blackboard and Zoom

Blackboard organization

Lecture in online courses

Provide resources


Plan discussions in Bb Discussion forums or live Zoom sessions


Plan Zoom sessions

Active Learning Facilitation

Effective groupwork


Manage student accommodations


Conduct live Zoom sessions


Share Zoom recordings


Administer exams


Provide feedback to students on graded work