The Online Teaching Guide was developed by faculty members from the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) under the guidance of the Duke Center for Instructional Technology (CIT).  The work of this group culminated in this resource for faculty members who want to enhance their ability to plan effective online learning experiences for students. This guide serves as a user-friendly and practical tool to assist faculty in planning and implementing online courses.

The work of this group was guided by the principles of teaching and learning proposed by  Chickering & Gamson in 1987. Those principles include: Student-Faculty Contact, Cooperation Among Students, Active Learning, Prompt Feedback, Time on Task, High Expectations, and Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning. You will find that these principles are incorporated throughout this resource guide.

For those new to teaching online, we recommend starting at the beginning and working your way through all sections of the guide in order to get a broad overview of what you will need and some examples that may be useful to you in deciding how to design and teach your online course. For those with more experience teaching online, we still believe that this information is relevant but you may want to review or search for specific information or new tools that you wish to explore further.

This resource guide was built during the CIT fellowship (2010-2011) with DUSON, under the guidance of Shawn Miller and Haiyan Zhou. The faculty fellows are Jane Blood-Siegfried (group leader), Sharon Hawks, Brenda Nevidjon, Beth Phillips, Nancy Short, Terry Valiga, Allison Vorderstrasse, and Kathy Wood. Rita-Marie Conrad and Elizabeth Flint provided editorial assistance.