Online Teaching Resources

eLearning Tools

eLearning Toolkit: ITRC and eLearning Technology teams in ITS have developed a collection of eLearning concepts and technologies available at Western.

A collection of  instructional tools, new ideas, and good practices for effective use of technology in education, compiled by TSC staff.


Western University Guidelines on the Use of Online and Digital Resources (pdf) - from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on charging fees for online and digital learning materials.

Online Discussions

Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation - a resource guide with practical suggestions on facilitation tips, content suggestions, time management strategies and more.

Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussion - includes strategies for effective dialogue, designing activities, and assessing participation.

How to Prepare and Moderate Online Discussions for Online Learning - best practices for increasing the quality of online discussions.

Resources for Successful Online Teaching

22 Tips for Better Teaching Online - a list of traits that will help you excel at teaching online and allow your students to reach their potential. 

Learning to Teach Online Episodes - a series of short videos on a variety of topics including context, planning, teaching. Also includes case studies on podcasts, blogs, online lectures, wkis, large classes and more.

Rubric for Online Instruction - a tool that can be used to create or evaluate the design of a fully online or blended course.

10 Ways to Help Online Learners Succeed - specific things instructors and course designers can do to improve the learning outcomes from students studying online.

Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever - Based on the AAHE's 'Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education," this article applies Chickering and Gamson's fifty years of research to the challenges faced (and overcome) by online instructors.

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in an Online Environment - Provides best practices, tips, and resources on planning online learning assessments in the following areas: Alignment, Clarity, Feedback, Reflection, Integrity and Technology.

TSC Presentations

Inserting Video into PowerPoint (QuickTime, 35 MB)
Mike Atkinson, Faculty Associate, Teaching Support Centre
Reflections Newsletter No. 68, April 2013
Videos can make your presentations come alive. But what's the best way to launch a video file from PowerPoint? This video clip will explain the three methods that are available to use to add video to your lectures.

The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever
Dr. Michael Wesch, Kansas State University
Keynote speaker at the Technology in Education Sympoisum, Western University, March 2013 

A Guide to Technology Enabled Learning
Debra Dawson, Director, Teaching Support Centre
Presentation delivered at the Innovation and Productivity Roundtable, Fanshawe College, July 2012


Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors (Contact North) is a resource for post-secondary educators in Ontario to find the latest information on new technology and new developments in online learning, as well as practical tips and tools to help them integrate technology in their teaching in a way that improves the learning experience for their students.

Coursera - offers opportunities to gain experience as an online learner through free online classes on a huge variety of topics.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Highlights:

Faculty Focus - extensive collection of articles on higher ed teaching strategies. in particular, see the Online Education and Teaching with Technology sections. Also offers a free e-newsletter.

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
The AACE encourages scholarly inquiry related to information technology in education and the dissemination of research results and their applications.

Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
The goal of Merlot “is to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity and quality of peer reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty designed course." It is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected along with database of faculty who have used these multimedia resources. The site also allows the sharing of advice and expertise about education with colleagues.

Teaching, Learning, and Technology
A non-profit group focused on improving teaching and learning in higher education.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a valued source for professional development, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership association, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Although not directly related to higher education many of these resources can be applied to university instruction .