Teaching Online: Faculty & Instructor Guides

2020 has challenged us in ways we didn’t expect. We have seen faculty, staff, and instructors across the Stanford community come together to support one another, as we all do the best we can to support our students.

As students adjust to online learning, they may be grappling with issues like anxiety, social isolation, and the loss of routines and experiences that make up the usual fabric of university life. Our extended education learners may be experiencing similar stresses, as well as possibly unemployment, financial stresses, and family and childcare responsibilities.

The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) is here to help faculty and instructors create engaging online learning experiences that support your students wherever they may be in their educational journey.

Our Stanford Online Course Creation Essentials guide takes you through a series of key considerations when moving your courses online. The guide will be useful for all, including those looking to organize their plan for online instruction who may be feeling overwhelmed by the sea of available resources.

This guide includes a Quick-start checklist, to help you get organized:

In addition, faculty and instructors often ask how to share their handwriting in Zoom. We share two ways to do that in our How to Share Handwriting in Zoom guide.

Whatever resources you use to create and manage your online course, remember that you don’t have to adopt every good practice ever invented. Above all, be your authentic self, acknowledge that you are all learning together, and remind your students that you are here to support them in their educational journeys.

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The Stanford Center for Professional Development, a part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Technology and Learning, supports online and blended teaching and learning, both for campus-facing students and extended education learners.