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Instructional best practices

large icon - best practicesOur staff and faculty are involved in a number of professional organizations and are constantly learning about new ways to improve online courses. These instructional best practices are great ways for you to improve assessment in your online course, connect with other faculty, and design interesting and engaging courses.

What Works Well in Online Teaching at PCC guide


Get to know your faculty mentor
Connect with these experienced online faculty for great ideas specific to your discipline.
Discover quality course design
Learn what we expect when reviewing a new online course.
Identify library resources
Don’t reinvent the wheel. Your faculty librarians have a wealth of resources tailored for your course.
Discover strategies for teaching online
Online courses are more than just content. These strategies will help your online students.
Enhance your course with media
Media can improve your course, support your learning objectives, and add your personal voice.
Discover professional organizations
Connect with professional organizations that are focused on online learning.
Improve your course management skills
These tips can help you foster an active course without spending too much time online.
Engage your students
Engaged students are more likely to meet course outcomes.
Evaluate your course for cheating opportunities
Look at some factors that may make it easier to cheat in your course.

Recent topics

Adding a Q&A Widget to your course
November 23, 2015
D2L Homepage with a Q and A widget in top rightRondi shares how to set up a Question and Answer widget in your D2L course to help students find the answers to common questions and also ask questions anonymously if they aren't comfortable with email or public discussion posts.
Easy visuals with Canva
November 16, 2015
Easy visuals with CanvaCreate visual components for your online content with Canva. It is easy to learn, has user friendly drag-and-drop interface and will get you professional looking results after few min of work.
Designing News items in D2L
November 9, 2015
Designing News items in D2LImprove your use of the News tool in D2L.
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