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.


Academic Integrity



Online Course Development and Quality Checklists

Online Course Quick Check
Checklist to review the quality of an online course

Professional Development

Website Hosting

Web Tools and Tutorials - Free

Teaching Practices and Tips


Online Classroom

Online Pedagogy and Teaching


  • 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...

Self-paced Tutorials and Seminars

Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching (University of Central Florida)
Learning to Teach Online (Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd.)
  • Learning to Teach Online project - free professional development resource designed to help teachers from any discipline, whether experienced in online teaching or not, to gain a working understanding of successful online teaching pedagogies that they can apply in their own unique teaching situations.
    Learn about the project
Quality Online Course Series (Northern Illinois University)
  • YouTube video series - archived online workshops about online course quality standards and tips for designing quality online courses at NIU
Self-paced tutorials (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities)

Video Content

Create more personalized videos to introduce course concepts throughout the quarter! Learn how to add video or audio to a PowerPoint and get pointers on best practices and how to caption your videos.

Learn how to use video effectively in your online course

To view the following video you must sign in to lynda.com. If you do not have an account you can get a free account at 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
Video Tips

Create a Video

Create your own videos

PowerPoint Presentations

Media 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


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

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Last Updated December 02, 2016
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