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Instructor Resources

New to Online Teaching?

Online learning at University of Toronto occurs in many contexts including enhancement of face-to-face classes, blended formats or fully online courses. CTSI offers a range or resources and supports for faculty who are involved in the design, development and teaching of program components within this rapidly evolving landscape in higher education. Follow the links below to locate research-informed guidelines, resources, examples, instructions and more to support online teaching and learning.
Other information resources include:

Online Course Design Guidelines

The following guidelines provide a roadmap for instructors during the course design process or as a “self-evaluation” tool to assist instructors in revision of an existing online course using the rubric and suggested examples. This research-informed framework highlights key components essential to a high quality learning experience for students.

  1. Learner Support and Resources
  2. Course Overview and Introduction
  3. Instructional Design
  4. Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
  5. Online Organization and Design
  6. Accessibility and Universal Design


Engaging Students Online

There is no single technological solution that applies for every student, every course, or every instructor. Engaging of our students requires development of a range of approaches that link pedagogy, content and technology to structure appropriate strategies our learners. The resources linked below are provided as starting points for exploration of theory and practice in effective online teaching and learning.

Theory and Practice: The Big Picture
Learning from research and advice from leaders in the field.

Online Teaching: Example Activities
Ideas and examples from the field using a variety of tools and methods.

Spotlight: U of T Faculty Share Strategies
Examples of instructional strategies used by U of T Faculty to engage their students through online course activities.

Profiles in Innovation
Instructors and coordinators discuss innovative online projects at the University of Toronto.


Teaching and Technology



Video Resources for Teaching

Dr. Stephen Murgatroyd, Contact North | Contact Nord’s Chief Innovation Officer has developed a series of four short videos (10 – 12 minutes in length) to help faculty and instructors teaching online and at a distance address four critical issues:

  • Five Challenges of Teaching Online
  • From In Class to Online
  • Rapid Course Development
  • Four Developments in Assessment

Watch one or all of the videos.


UofT Online Teaching & Learning Community

The objectives of the Online Teaching & Learning Community (OTLC) are to foster a community of practice that includes all aspects of online teaching and learning (including flipped and hybrid approaches), and to promote professional development through regular, informal meetings both online and in person.

Anyone from U of T (faculty, staff and students) can join this growing community of practice. If you have an interest in e-learning pedagogy, including online, blended, and flipped methods, you are welcome to take part.

View the website for more information:



Online Teaching Resources

  • Online Course Design: Checklist of components for use before, during and after course design
  • Accessibility Guidelines: Tips and advice to ensure you are reaching all your students
  • Alternative Online Environments: Guidelines for those considering moving beyond Blackboard
  • Resources for Online Learning: Many resources to support online teaching and learning from the Learning Technologies Network.
  • The Sloan Consortium: Includes publications, resources, membership and conferences around helping learning organizations improve the quality, scale, and breadth of their online programs, according to their own distinctive missions
  • eLearning at UBC: Resources and information for teaching and learning online as well as emerging technologies and e-portfolios.
  • Canadian Virtual University: Consortium of institutions offering online programs.
  • Creative Commons: Non profit organization which "provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."
  • Academic Technology Resources (CTSI): links on community organizations, funding opportunities around technologies, instructional design, journals and research.