About online courses
This document is part of a larger collection of documents on online instruction from the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring's Instructional Resources KnowledgeBase. See more online instruction documents from that collection.
An overview of online courses
How does the online environment impact teaching? How is teaching online different than teaching face-to-face courses? What knowledge, skills, and technologies are needed to transition to an online course?
These questions are explored and answered in the “About Online Courses” topics. Overall, the aim is to provide a foundation to build upon in developing knowledge and skills in online teaching. Review the following important topics to learn more:
- The online environment — explores why the environment is significant, the increase in online courses, and what a quality online course is.
- Online instructor roles — explains the managerial, social, pedagogical, and technical roles instructors need to juggle.
- Transitioning to the online environment — presents information and resources about what makes a successful instructor and a successful course.