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Quality Teaching Online

This section provides access to resources that address important concepts and aspects of developing quality online courses and delivering effective online instruction.

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Open Educational Resources & Copyright

Observation
Teacher Observations & Evaluation

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Quality Teaching Online Resources and Tip Sheets

Privacy
Internet Safety & Privacy

Open Educational Resources

OER & Copyright - Image designed by FreepikThese resources can be used to provide programs and instructors with guidance on accessing and using open educational resources for online teaching and learning.

  • #GoOpenVA By Virginia Educators, For Virginia Educators. A collaborative initiative that encourages educators to create, share, and access openly-licensed educational resources (OER, also known as open education resources).
  • OER Commons: Searchable collection of OER to support teaching and learning needs.
  • Edutopia: An educators’ guide to open educational resources with information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, and sources for lesson plans and activities.
  • OER - Open Educational Resources: Big List of Resources: A collection of resources that include completed courses material, material broken down by subject, and resources for images, books, and multimedia, and much more.
  • Introduction to Open Educational Resources: Self-paced online course on using OER (EdTech)
  • Copyright: Resources about how media can be used legally in the classroom and online.
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Teacher Observations & Evaluation

Observation and Evaluation Resources ImageThese resources can be used to provide program administration guidance regarding developing and/or modifying teacher evaluation plans for remote instruction.

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Quality Teaching Online Resources and Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets - Image designed by FreepikResources and tip sheets that provide guidance to support programs and instructors in implementing quality teaching online.

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Tip Sheets

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching that works to create equal opportunities for all learners.
  • Student Engagement: Student engagement has to do with students’ meaningful involvement in their own learning that incorporates behavioral, emotional, and cognitive aspects.
  • Safety: Internet safety means protecting oneself and others from online difficulties that may jeopardize personal information, lead to unsafe communications, or even affect an individual's mental health and well-being.
  • Goals Objectives Outcomes: Tips for defining and writing goals, objectives, and learning outcomes in adult education.
  • Feedback: When giving feedback, building rapport with learners is an important first step to ensuring that feedback can be effective and support learners in achieving their goals.
  • Distance Education: This tip sheet provides guidance for terms used in adult distance education programs in Virginia.
  • Digital Literacy: Tips to access and build student digital literacy skills.
  • Course Set Up: Recommended course elements to improve learner experince.
  • Building Community: An online community helps motivate students, fosters learning, and gives learners a sense of belonging.
  • Accessibility: Creating accessible content is not just for individuals with disabilities. The aim of accessible content is improved access for all.
  • Netiquette: Netiquette is a word that describes the do's and don'ts of online communicating. Basic courtesy and common sense are generally the rule of the day when communicating whether face-to-face or through the Internet.
  • Materials Technologies: Select materials that support those learning outcomes: materials that are level-appropriate, aligned to student goals, standards-aligned, and accessible to learners.
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Resources for Equity, Inclusion, Safety, and Privacy in the Online Classroom

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