1st Edition

A Pocket Guide to Online Teaching Translating the Evidence-Based Model Teaching Criteria

    84 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This pithy yet thorough book provides an evidence-based guide on how to prepare for online teaching, especially for those who are making a swift transition from face-to-face to online instruction.

    Guided by the Model Teaching Characteristics created by The Society for the Teaching of Psychology, this book covers important topics like: how to adapt to expected and unexpected changes in teaching, how to evaluate yourself and your peers, and tips on working smarter/optimizing working practices with the resources available. The features of the book include:

    • Practical examples exploring how to solve the typical problems of designing and instructing online courses.
    • Interactive "Worked Examples" and "Working Smarter" callouts throughout the book which offer practical demonstrations to help teachers learn new skills.
    • Further reading and resources to build on knowledge about online education.
    • End of chapter checklists which summarizes suggestions about how to be a model online teacher.

    This essential resource will provide support for teachers of all levels and disciplines, from novice to the most experienced, during the transition to online teaching.



    1. Apples and Oranges, But Still Fruit: Model Teaching Universals and Differences

    1.1. Confessions of Three Skeptical Teachers

      1. The Background of Model Teaching
      2. What is Model Teaching?
      3. How is Teaching Different Online?
      4. Becoming a Model Online Teacher

    1.2. Stop, Think, Reflect: The Model Online Teaching Checklist for Training

    1.3. Tips For Continued Learning About Model Online Teaching

    2. Students Interaction with Content

    2.1. Adapting Student Interaction with Content in Online CourseInteraction with Content Through Student Learning Objectives

      1. The Syllabus and Your LMS is a Vehicle for Course Content
      2. Interaction with Content Depends on Course Design, Structure, and Clarity
      3. Model Online Teachers use Course Templates to Organize Content
      4. Special Considerations for Online Interactions with Content
      5. Broadening Instructional Methods

    2.2. Stop, Think, Reflect: The Model Online Teaching Checklist for Student Interaction with Content

    2.3. Tips For Continued Learning About Students Interacting with Content

    3. Student to Student Interaction

    3.1. Adapting Student-to-Student Interaction: How to Build a Community of Online Learners

      1. Establishing Student-to-Student Interaction Through Discussions Forums
      2. Fostering Student Community with Online Discussion

        Communicating Discussion Expectations

        Fostering Student Learning with Online Discussion

      3. Create Collaborative and Cooperative Online Learning Opportunities
      4. Establishing a Community of Learners Necessitates Mitigation of Student-to-Student Conflict

    3.2. Stop, Think, Reflect: The Model Online Teaching Checklist for Student-to-Student Contact

    3.3. Tips For Continued Learning About Student-to-Student Interactions

    4. Instructor-to-Student Interaction

    4.1. Adapting to Online Instruction to Promote Instructor to Student Interaction

    1. Use the Syllabus to Interact with Students
    2. Use Various Instructional Methods and Skills to Interact with Students
    3. Practice Effective Online Teaching Skills
    4. The Great Debate: Do Model Online Teachers use Synchronous or Asynchronous Learning?
    5. Interact with Students via Student Evaluations of Teaching
    6. Interact with Students Through Student Feedback

    4.2. Stop, Think, Reflect: The Model Online Teaching Checklist for Instructor-to-Student Interaction

    4.3. Tips For Continued Learning About Online Instructor-to-Student Interaction

    5. Online Assessment

    5.1. How to Adapt Assessment to Online Instruction

       a.    The Process of Assessing Student Learning Online

              Communicating Learning Objectives

              Alignment of Learning Objectives, Assignments, and Activities

             Providing Constructive Feedback Online

             Making Assessment-based Changes

        b.   Teaching Effectiveness Assessment Process

    5.2. Stop, Think, Reflect: The Model Online Teaching Checklist for Assessment

    5.3. Tips for Continued Learning About Online Assessment




    Aaron S. Richmond is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA. He studies how humans learn and develop and the application of this knowledge to classroom instruction and assessment.

    Regan A. R. Gurung is Professor of Psychological Science and Director of the General Psychology Program at Oregon State University, USA. His research focuses on reducing prejudice, racism, and sexism, and the factors influencing learning.

    Guy A. Boysen is a Professor of Psychology at McKendree University, USA. His scholarship emphasizes the teaching of psychology, professional development of teachers, and stigma toward mental illness.