Whether you’re new to distance learning or an experienced online teacher, you can find free online training resources to fit your needs.
Are you a “face to face” classroom teacher considering shifting to online education?
Or are you an online teacher interested in the latest technology to make your online courses more effective?
For example, some online schools offer free training modules to help campus-based teachers learn how to transition to cyber-classrooms. Other organizations offer tips on designing online classes and teaching with technology.
Originally developed for Texas Woman's University, this course includes modules showing how to design a course, along with explanations of best practices for distance education.
7) Effective Online Teaching - Faculty Quick Tips
Seven Pace University online instructors give their best advice about being an effective online educator. Go to iTunes U's Pace University page and select "Faculty Contributions" to access these videos.
8) MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
MERLOT provides a large, peer-reviewed collection of online curricula and other resources, as well as forums and publications aimed at online educators. Search the MERLOT database for “distance learning” to find links to material to help you plan and design effective online classes.
9) Free Textbooks for Online Courses - Community Colleges Online
The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (OER) is a great site that assists faculty who are developing online courses for community or junior colleges in finding and utilizing free online textbooks, learning modules, and creative commons resources for distance learning courses.
10) Sloan Consortium Effective Practices
The Sloan Consortium studies and funds online education. The consortium’s Effective Practices site is a way for online educators to share techniques, strategies, and practices in online education that have worked for them. Practices are peer-reviewed before being put on the site.
Guide to Finding Work as an Online College Instructor