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

Top 10 Secrets of Successful Online Educators - a  list of “must have” traits to make online students feel that distance is not a barrier, but an enabler of an enriched learning experience, and to enrich the instructor’s experience.

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

Tips for Successful Online Teaching in Traditional Universities
This article written by Dianne Conrad of the University of New Brunswick Library divides instructional roles in to teaching, managing and supporting functions.

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.

Nine Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning
From the AAHE Assessment Forum, this article describes nine principles and offers advice and guidance for designing assessment strategies and approaches. This is useful for both the online and face-to-face instruction.

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 App of the Week 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 group organizes Teaching Learning with Technology Roundtables (TLTR) which facilitate diverse groups of people working together to institute educational improvement.

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 .