Few suggestions for Self Care.

Strategies and Tips for Successful Online Teaching.

In this six-part series, SAGE author and education expert Dr. Linda Dale Bloomberg shares strategies and tips for successful online teaching. She covers multimodal strategies for synchronous and asynchronous delivery of content, shows how to engage students who may feel isolated or who may be struggling, discusses how to adopt an accessible and equitable instructional approach, and offers a handout that instructors can give to students on the first day of class with tips for student success in the online environment.

Active Learning by Dr. Jim O’Connor

How to Give Your Students Better Feedback Through Technology

Holly Fiock, an instructional designer in the College of Education at Purdue University, and Heather Garcia, an instructional design specialist at Oregon State University Ecampus, have written
an extensive article focusing on providing student feedback through the use of technology.

The article is broken down into 8 sections:

    4 Key Qualities of Good Feedback
    2 Time-Saving Approaches
    When to Use Audio or Video Tools for Feedback
    When to Stick to Text Feedback
    Tips on Getting Started
    Common Pitfalls and Smart Solutions

I was very impressed with how this article discussed challenges from the instructor’s perspective, as well as sound suggestions and advice for providing effective feedback.

You can access this article via the following link:


Rewarding… Reflections on Completing “Designing Online Courses for Accessibility”

You know that feeling when you complete something and reflect on how rewarding it was?

Well I just finished the online canvas course titled, “Designing Online Courses for Accessibility.” I really liked it.  I took about 4 hours total to complete and taught me so much.  I loved how it was presented and the content was understandable for a topic I did not know much about.

The course looks at strategies to make online content to be both Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.  Note that this does not just apply to online, hybrid, and/or blended courses.  Under federal law ALL online content that is posted in a learning management system – like Canvas – should be compliant with both ADA and 504.

If you get a chance this summer please take this course.  Debbie Millican did an amazing job and if nothing else this provided me a wonderful template on how to use Canvas to deliver a course.  Debbie is the Instructional Designer for the College of Health and Human Services Touro University, Nevada.  The course is free and self-paced online.  Enjoy…

Rolly Kali-Rai
College of Pharmacy
Touro University California

Faculty Development Opportunity – Designing Online Courses for Accessibility

Good Morning All!
I wanted to bring to your attention a self-paced course that was created by Debbie Millican, an Instructional Designer for College of Health and Human Services at Touro University Nevada.

The course looks at strategies to make online content to be both Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.  Note that this does not just apply to online, hybrid, and/or blended courses.  Under federal law ALL online content that is posted in a learning management system – like Canvas – should be compliant with both ADA and 504.

The course itself is self-paced, and using badges for its assessment.
Faculty can self-enroll in the course be going to:


If you have any questions, please let me know.

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.

Becoming A Better Online Instructor

Dear Colleagues,

According to Flower Darby, a senior instructional designer at Northern Arizona University, in a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

“Whether you’ve taught online a lot or a little, chances are you didn’t enjoy it as much as teaching in person. Maybe you didn’t experience that fizz after a particularly invigorating face-to-face class. Indeed, according to a 2017 Educause survey, only 9 percent of academics prefer to teach “in a completely online environment.” That means a whopping 91 percent of us don’t. And I suspect that a good majority of that 91 percent would prefer to teach anywhere but online.

Clearly, many academics don’t see the value of online courses. Almost none of us set out to be great online teachers when we decided to go to graduate school. We’ve spent years in campus classrooms, but we don’t have the same depth and breadth of experience in the online classroom, as either students or teachers. Most of us don’t know how to teach online or how to get better at it — and we may not be motivated to learn. Even more likely, we may not feel like we have time to learn.

For all of those reasons, you may not feel fully invested in your online teaching practice. Yet it can be just as rewarding as teaching in a bricks-and-mortar classroom, if in different ways. Good teaching is good teaching.”

This article is full of great advice for making online teaching more effective, engaging and satisfying.

See the entire article at:


Questions or comments?

Jim O’Connor Ph.D.

Quick Resource – Teaching Online

A quick note for today…   Here’s some great references for online teaching:


Jim O’Connor Ph.D.