Guide to Establishing an Online Teaching Program

Online classes are a prominent part of the education landscape, with special interest from both students and college administrators. But little is available to help faculty members navigate the resources, compensation structures and pedagogical concerns unique to the virtual classroom.

It is our hope that this guide will help fill that gap and facilitate the application of the science of teaching and learning to online psychology classes.

Faculty Preparation

Know about the online teaching environment before you commit yourself.

  • Take an online class and get a student's perspective. 

  • Test your knowledge of technology and support. 

  • Understand the time commitment and recognize advantages, such as freedom to set your own schedule, less paper and less commuting.

  • Learn to maintain academic integrity. 

College Support

Colleges need to ensure appropriate support for qualified faculty is in place.

  • Offer faculty members training in best practices and rubrics to use on their classes.

  • Compensate faculty members for course development. 

  • Pair a faculty member with an instructional designer.

  • Provide other IT support. 

  • Reduce class size. 

Student Support Services

Students participating in online classes need support readily available and easy to access.

  • Offer an assessment tool so they can evaluate their readiness to take a class online.

  • Offer writing assistance at the same level as their traditional student colleagues.

  • Provide technology assistance. 

  • Offer opportunities for campus life.