Faculty Resources

These resources can help you be successful as an online faculty member. You will find online forms, information about course quality, best practices, how to preventing cheating, free and open learning content (textbooks and courseware), Web 2.0 tools, student conduct, and more.


Online Course Development and Quality Checklists


Academic Integrity


Professional Development


Website Hosting

Free Web Tools and Tutorials

Teaching Practices and Tips

Online Pedagogy and Teaching

Online Classroom

Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching produced by the University of Central Florida



  • Retention In Online Courses: Surviving The First Week - "The learning environment must be easy to navigate, feel psychologically nonthreatening, and lead to the least amount of frustration as possible. This implies fewer LMS buttons and fewer choices at the beginning of the course so the learner does not feel overwhelmed and wondering where to start."
  • 7 Strategies to Make Your Online Teaching Better
    1. Let the technology help you, not hinder you.
    2. Anticipate the difficulties.
    3. Incorporate synchronous opportunities.
    4. Give extra feedback. Then give more.
    5. Prove you are not a dog.
      On the internet, nobody knows you are a dog
      "On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog." - "Internet dog" by Wikipedia
    6. Provide support for self-regulation.
    7. Encourage play.
  • Improving Student Retention (pdf) - The key to improving student retention and persistence is to focus on improvement at two levels: the institutional level and the student level.
  • 2011 student retention practices at four-year and two-year institutions - Compare your outcomes, practices, and policies for student recruitment, marketing, and student retention.
  • Prevent Student Drops - Online and in-person orientations, welcome message, individual contact, student success, completion, and retention...

Course Content

Video Clips

Create Video
  • lynda.com Instruction
    First time users must sign up at  https://www.lynda.com/email-signup (use your @fhda.edu account)
    Instructional Design Essentials: Creating Video Training - 1 hour 11 min
    • Difference between video training and classroom instruction
    • Plan your content to anticipate your audience's needs and questions
    • Write meaningful objectives, script movies, and select software and a good location for recording
    • Delivery styles that create successful elearning experiences
    • Edit your videos and share them with students
  • Create Your Own YouTube video clips - Learn how to make an introductory video clip and insert it into Etudes and Course Information and create more personalized videos to introduce course concepts throughout the quarter.
  • How to Create a Video Slideshow on YouTube - Within YouTube there is a free tool for creating audio slideshows. You supply the images and YouTube supplies the audio track. You can pick from thousands of audio tracks to match to your slides. After adding your slides and selecting an audio track you can add speech bubbles to your slides.
  • How To Make Your 1st YouTube Video With PowerPoint - Straight forward video on how to create a simple but effective video on YouTube using compelling marketing tips (create a promo video to sign up more students)
  • Screencast-o-matic - Screen capture recording plus audio recording
  • Anatomy of a video file - Learn about Codecs and containers (8:46 min)
Storage at 3C Media Solutions
If you choose NOT to use YouTube to host your video you may use 3C Media Solutions to store your videos. 3C Media Solutions is a free service that is available to all California Community colleges. After you sign up for an account you may request the option of uploading videos. Besides storage it offers the following services:
  • 3C Media On Demand
  • 3C Media Streaming Live Online
  • Podcasting
  • Media storage (creates links/embed code to be added to online course content for video display)
Next Steps
Video Tips

PowerPoint Presentations


Instructional Design Consultation

What is an instructional designer? An instructional designer is someone who understands how people learn and can help identify learning needs and implement solutions to improve learning outcomes. Instructional designers are skilled at organizing educational materials in a way that makes them easier for learners to digest and are frequently well-versed in educational technology and multimedia.

Why consult with an instructional designer? You’re:

  • Designing a new course or redesigning an existing course
  • Seeking advice on how to address a specific learning need (i.e. incorporating more formative or immediate feedback opportunities into your course, identifying ways to create more active learning opportunities)
  • Interested in flipping your classroom
  • Looking for ways to make your course content more engaging

Contact Heather Garcia for instructional design consultation.

Additional Services

MyPortal in Banner

  • Learn How to Use MyPortal and Banner
    • Contact Susan Malmgren at malmgrensusan@fhda.edu or x6133
  • To report technical problems with MyPortal, submit a Technical Problem Report Form
  • For assistance with other technical problems, please submit a Ticket to the District's Call Center for technical help:
    • Telephone: (408) 864-8324
    • Email: techhelp@fhda.edu
    • Please DO NOT use the Call Center for Etudes issues, instead visit Etudes for Faculty or call us at (650) 949-7388
Last Updated November 05, 2015
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