Best Practices - Overview


The instructor of an effective and enjoyable online course generally does these things well: prepares students for the course before it starts, designs the course to provide conditions for higher-order thinking and exchange, maintains strong instructor visibility, and creates effective learning communities. The Best Practices outlined here will help online instructors design and deliver an instructionally and pedagogically sound online course. They are based on the State of California Online Educational Initiative (OEI) rubric for evaluating online courses as well as information from SRJC's Distance Education Department, SRJC's policy manual, and other sources of current research into online course design and delivery. 

Design Rubric & Checklist

See the OEI's latest Course Design Rubric (PDF) and a condensed Self-Assessment Checklist (.docx) based on the OEI rubric for your use.

Lesson Planning & Instructional Strategies

Click to download and edit the Unit Planning Table (Word document) and Lesson Planning Table (Word document) as flexible yet systemic tools to design lessons that align with Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Methods of Evaluation listed in Course Outlines of Record (COR)

Teaching with Technology

See additional resources in our Multimedia Creation and Distance Education: Teaching Tips courses in Canvas for an introduction to multimedia tools available to you and to join online discussions with SRJC faculty.

Also see our online training module Canvas as a Pedagogical Platform. You can also sign up for a 1:1 consultation with our Instructional Designer, Liz du Plessis.

Best Practices in Detail

Follow the links below for detailed descriptions and tips for putting Best Practices into action: