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. 

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.

Facilitating Group Discussions: Understanding Group Development and Dynamics (pdf)

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.

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

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.


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.

Time Management Module (coming soon


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.

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

  • EDUCAUSE Review is a monthly journal focused on why IT matters to higher education.
  • the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, a community of institutions and organizations working to advance learning through IT innovation.

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.

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.


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.