Online-by-Design: A Table of Contents

Some of us are just days away from the start of our Fall semester. And whether that is already fully online or hybrid or in-person, it’s likely that your classes may end up being fully online. Successful online teaching is very different from successful in-person teaching, and while no one expects a novice to be great at it immediately, there are simple steps you can take now to help students learn better and help yourself maintain your energy for teaching. Sustainable, enjoyable teaching this fall is possible, even now. To help, I’ve created a table of contents for blog posts related to online, remote, and pandemic teaching that I’ve written over the last few months. It appears below.

Thanks to AGT fans and supporters who suggested I create an easier-to-navigate guide to my writing about online teaching. The current organization system grew organically as I wrote near daily from March through June about pandemic teaching, remote teaching, and online teaching. You’ll now find links in each post connecting it to the one before and after it, which it much easier to work through the Online-by-Design blog series, which takes you through all the steps of designing an online course.

Woman Reading in a Garden, 1902 - 1903 - Henri Matisse -

Above, Woman Reading in a Garden by Henri Matisse, 1902-1903 shows a white woman  wearing a sleeveless white top and a blue skirt leaning over an open book sitting on a table. In her hair is a pink bow or flower, and green foliage appears behind her.

The links below are in near-chronological order, with some skips (when, for example, I was sharing news about something not related to online teaching) and some pre-pandemic posts about online teaching included.

All posts are tagged, so to read by topic, select a tag.

If you find these posts useful, let me know! And if there are other topics that you would like to learn about, please ask. If I’m not the person to answer them, I’ll help find someone who can.


    1. START HERE: Building an Online-by-Design Course
    2. Framing Your Online Course
    3. Choosing Materials for Your Online Class
    4. Choosing Assignments for Your Online Students
    5. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: Office Hours and Contacting the Instructor
    6. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
    7. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: Sensitive Material
    8. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: Grades and Grading
    9. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: Privacy Policy
    10. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: Classroom Interactions and Recording
    11. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: Revisions and Agreement to the Syllabus
    12. Policies for an Online-by-Design Course: University Requirements
    13. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: How to Get Help
    14. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: Mandatory Reporting
    15. Policies for Online-by-Design Courses: Due Dates, Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Work
    16. Beyond Policies and Schedule: Other Requirements for Your Syllabus
    17. Your Syllabus Checklist
    18. Who are your online students?
    19. 8 Things You Probably Won’t Like about Teaching Online
    20. And 8 Things You Might Just Love about Teaching Online
    21. Building Your Online Classroom Shell: Level 1 and Level 2
    22. Building Your Online Classroom Shell: Level 3: Lessons and Assignments
    23. A Reminder of Who is Hurt by Insisting that Students Share Images of their Personal Lives
    24. Building Your Online Classroom Shell: Final Steps
    25. Teaching Them How to be Online Students: Suggestions for Lessons and Assignments
    26. Gender Bias will Still Happen in Remote Teaching
    27. Managing Email in an Online Classroom
    28. Privacy from Apps in Online Classrooms
    29. Privacy, Equity, Accessibility: Reducing Risk of Harm
    30. Protecting Privacy in Synchronous Activities
    31. Welcoming Students to Their Online Class
    32. Be Kinder than You Think Your Students Need
    33. Curbing Cheating Online: Understanding Why Students Cheat
    34. Curbing Cheating Online: Remote Proctoring
    35. FERPA Updates in the time of COVID
    36. Curbing Cheating Online: The Problem of Ringers
    37. Plagiarism Detection Software IS Academic Dishonesty
    38. Curbing Cheating Online: Creating a Culture of Academic Integrity
    39. Why and How to “Handhold” in an Online Classroom–For Students’ Sake and Yours
    40. Successful Grading in an Online Classroom
    41. Ten Time Saving, Stress-Reducing Tips for Online Teaching to Implement Before Your Semester Even Starts
    42. For students’ sake, use your LMS’ gradebook
    43. Helping Students Stay Motivated in Online Courses
    44. Teaching an Online Class You Inherited
    45. Teaching a Class of Someone Else’s Design: The Threat of Online Teaching to Intellectual Freedom and Freedom of Speech
    46. Teaching a Course Someone Else Designed: Helping Students through a Disruption
    47. Some Suggestions for Online Exams and Quizzes
    48. A Strategy for Curbing Online Cheating: Test Banks
    49. Preparing Classes to Continue if You are Ill
    50. Preparing Classes to Continue if You are Ill
    51. How to Grade Discussion Boards Efficiently and Get Even Better Conversation from Students
    52. Please Don’t Require Synchronous Work in Your Remote Classes
    53. Why Discussion Boards can be More Effective than Synchronous Conversations in Digital Classrooms
    54. Robust Discussion Boards Begin with Great Questions
    55. Setting the Tone for Discussion Boards
    56. You Probably Don’t Know Your Students as Well as You Think You Do (and That’s Okay, but You Still Have to Design for Their Success)
    57. Maslow over Bloom
    58. Allowing for a Grief Mindset
    59. Please do a bad job of putting your courses online

Like what you read? Support it! Now’s a great time to support academic mothers, especially with the necessary closure of schools and child care centers.

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