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Teaching Online: A Practical Guide, Second Edition
Susan Ko, Sylvan Online Higher Education
Steve Rossen, University of California at Los Angeles
Guide to Resources

In this section we have gathered together the various resources mentioned throughout the text, organized them into a few simple categories, and added a number of other references. Our intent is not to be exhaustive, but rather to concentrate on sources that are useful and practical. Most of the sites and texts listed here include their own hyperlinks or references to other resources.


Learn the
A good site for learning the basics of web navigation, how to download files, and much more.

Offers a "How-to Library" with sections on authoring of web material, design, multimedia, and more, as well as feature articles and reference guides.


Beaudin, Bart. "Keeping Online Asynchronous Discussions on Topic." Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 3, no. 2 (November 1999)
This article presents results of research into techniques used by instructors in managing asynchronous online discussion.

Bratina, Hayes, and Blumsack. "Preparing Teachers to Use Learning Objects."Technology Source (November-December 2002)
Defines and describes digital "learning objects" and how they can be used in education.

Frydenberg, Jia. "Quality Standards in eLearning:AMatrix of Analysis."International Review of Open and Long Distance Learning (October 2002)
Analyzes quality standards for online education and organizes them into nine categories.

Grabe, Mark, and Cindy Grabe. Integrating the Internet for Meaningful Learning. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
A fine introduction to strategies and resources, aimed at K-12 educators.

Asynchronous Discussions:Importance, Design, Facilitation and Evaluation
This November 2002 article by Tracey Smith focuses on organizing and facilitating asynchronous discussions in online classses. Institute for Higher Education Policy. Quality on the Line: Benchmarks for Success in Internet-Based Distance Education.

Michigan Virtual University, Standards for Quality Online Courses
Link to "Overview," which explains the basis of MVU's evaluation of online courses. Includes a somewhat complex "Course Evaluator" checklist, based on instructional design principles, and accessibility standards.

O'Bannon, Deborah, Jill Scott, Margaret S. Gunderson, and James Noble. "Integrating Laboratories into Online Distance Education Courses." The Technology Source: Case Studies, January-February 2000
A short article about the challenges of providing hands-on lab activities in online courses.

Palloff, Rena, and Keith Pratt. Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom:The Realities of Online Teaching. San Francisco:Jossey-Bass, 2001.
Divided into two main sections:"Rethinking Education for an Online World" and "Teaching and Learning in Cyberspace."

Scaling Up Class Size in Web Courses
Joan Morris from the University of Central Florida offers strategies for handling workload in online courses.

Schrum, Lynne, and Sunjoo Hong. "Dimensions and Strategies for Online Success:Voices from Experienced Educators."Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 6, no. 1(July 2002).
Reports on a research study and includes a survey of experienced online educators and suggested strategies to ensure student success.

Virtual Resource Site for Teaching with Technology
A resource site, sponsored by the University of Maryland and Bell Atlantic, offering case studies and examples of the use of web-based media (including web pages, audio, video, and animation) in different teaching approaches and learning activities.

Winiecki, Donald J. "Keeping the Thread: Adapting Conversational Practice to Help Distance Students and Instructors Manage Discussions in an Asynchronous Learning Network." DEOSNEWS 9, no. 2 (1999)
Winiecki compares the patterns of face-to-face and online asynchronous conversations and suggests some strategies for more effective communication.

Creating a Syllabus

Address Diverse Learning Styles
One of the Method Guides from the University of Washington's Catalyst resource site, this page offers a number of useful suggestions.

DVC Learning Style Survey for College
Prepared for the Web by Suzanne Miller of Diablo Valley College in California, this site explains various learning styles and offers a survey to determine your preferred learning style.

Instructional Design Models
Martin Ryder at the School of Education of the University of Colorado at Denver offers this collection of links organized according to different models or theories of instructional design.

Instructional Design for Online Course Development
From the Illinois Online Network, this page explores topics related to instructional design and development of online courses. The information is presented in clear and easy-to-read fashion for nonspecialists.

Learning Styles and the Online Environment
This Illinois Online site offers a short explanation of learning styles and a collection of links to other resources on the subject.

Middle East Politics Simulation
Home page for Macquarie University's extended role-playing simulation for students of Middle East politics. Students work in small teams and respond to scenarios posed.

Teaching and Learning Styles That Facilitate Online Learning
The Australian National Training Authority sponsors this site on designing online courses with diverse learning approaches in mind.


Rubrics for WebLessons
This site defines and explains how to create rubrics. It focuses on rubrics for WebQuest activities but has general applications and offers many links to examples and related resources.

Using Scoring Rubrics
Explains the principles behind rubrics and contains a link to sites offering examples. From Mary Allen of California State University.

Using Scoring Rubrics
Site from San Jose State that explains advantages to and problems of using rubrics and contains examples of rubrics for writing assignments.


Anlon: Products and Services
Links to descriptions of Anlon's course management tool.

Details on Blackboard software.

Centrinity Products
The entry page for information about FirstClass software.
Convene's online distance education program.
The home page for eCollege's varied products and services.

Based on a web site originally created by Bruce Landon and now maintained by C2T2 and WCET "to help educators evaluate and select online delivery software"; offers reviews, comparisons, and links to the major providers of course management software.

Embanet Corporation
The home page for Embanet's tools for online learning.
Offers a free system for discussion forums.

Information about IntraLearn's software platform for online learning.

LearningSpace Website Homepage
learningspace Introduction to LearningSpace's "distributed learning environment."

NetMeeting Home
Information about Microsoft Windows NetMeeting conferencing software.

Nicenet's Internet Classroom Assistant
A free course management tool.

Information about TopClass software.

Web Based Learning Resources Library
Maintained by Robert Jackson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this site contains information on many types of web educational resources. See especially the sections on "Asynchronous Web Based Software Suites" and "Synchronous (Real-Time) Web Based Training Solutions."

Overview and demonstration of the WebBoard software.
Home page for information about WebCT's course management software.


Links to information about Adobe's many well-known products, including Acrobat, Acrobat Reader (a free download), Photoshop, and PageMill.

Animation Projects
This page by Ed Stephan, offering a sampling of his animations, is an inspiring demonstration of what can be done with animation software.

George Mason University's Workshop Materials
How to use Dreamweaver, Photoshop, PowerPoint on the Web, and WebCT, plus tips and tricks for using the Web in a course.

A Guide to the Educational Use of Multimedia
Charles Sturt University in Australia offers this guide to interactive, computer-based multimedia, including principles of design and evaluation.

Interface Design
Tom Lawson of Charles Sturt University in Australia provides an introduction to interface design comprising three parts: "Interface Design and Human-Computer Interaction," "Web-Site Design," and "Web-Page Design."

LView Pro Home Page
A useful and relatively inexpensive image-editing program.

Home page for the manufacturer of Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Flash, Shockwave, Director, and other popular software products.

Paint Shop Pro
The image-editing product from Jasc Software.

Ulead Systems
Home page for the company that makes Ulead SmartSaver, a useful image-compression tool. Web Page Composers

Microsoft's web page composing tool.

Netscape Composer
Composer is a useful composing tool included in the Communicator web browser; a free download is available. Sound

A manufacturer of computer microphones and other peripheral equipment.

Access to information about the RealProducer software for streaming audio.

Microsoft software that can be used for narrated slide shows.

Apple's well-known software for narrated slide shows, video, music, and other types of multimedia presentations.

RealSlideshow and RealPresenter
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These sites will lead you to information about RealNetworks' software for slide shows. Multimedia Resources

The gateway for arts, design, architecture, and media information.

Cross-disciplinary listing of subject resources.

Internet guide to engineering, mathematics, and computing.

Links to online humanities resources.

Resources for health and medicine.

Social science information gateway.

Quiz Making

Hot Potatoes Homepage
A useful, free suite of software for creating web-based quizzes and exercises.


The World Radio Network provides "on-demand" audio programs from radio stations all over the world.

Community Resources
WebCT's Community Resources include "Academic Subject Resources" for different subject areas. Good source for evaluated, high-quality web resources.

EcEdWeb: Economic Education Web
Links to resources and lesson plans for incorporating web resources on economics and related topics.

Educational Object Economy
Follow the links to the EOE Learning Community and then to Learning Objects and the educational Java applet library.

The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)
Lesson plans, curriculum units, and other education resources on the Web, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

The ImageBase, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
A searchable collection of art.

Internet Scout Project
An annotated and continually updated site reporting on selected educational web resources.

National Archives Online Exhibit Hall

The National Geographic Map Machine

A bilingual (Spanish and English) site dedicated to contemporary photography. News and Magazine Sources

The Economist

The Internet Public Library: Online Newspapers
A searchable resource that offers links to news sources worldwide, by country and language.

Maclean's Online

The New York Times

Sources for Information on Technology and

Distance Learning

The Chronicle of Higher Education
A weekly journal replete with articles and job listings for instructors. Distance learning resources are accessible to nonsubscribers.

CIT Infobits
index.html A monthly emailed newsletter dealing with news and developments in technology and education; edited by Carolyn Kotlas at the University of North Carolina.

An excellent site for news of technology developments, reviews, and downloads of popular software.

A good source for daily articles dealing with business and technology.

Distance Education Clearinghouse
Offers definitions of distance learning and links to other distance education resources.

Educause Publications
Periodicals and newsletters, many available online, from the organization concerned with information technology use in higher education.

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
A refereed electronic journal covering theory, research, and practice in distance learning.

Teachers College Record
Columbia Teachers College online journal.

The Technology Source
Webzine with thoughtful articles dealing with teaching and learning online. Archives all past articles.

The TLT Group
Affiliated with the American Association for Higher Education, this site offers resources, news, and the AAHESGIT listserv, used by instructors worldwide.

This popular portal and directory offers quick links to a multitude of news and media sources pertaining to computers and the Internet.

Guides to Web Search and Evaluation

Bare Bones 101
From Beaufort Library at the University of South Carolina, a tutorial on searching the Web with specific information on getting the most out of different search engines. Updated in January 2002.

Evaluating Web Resources
Jan Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate at Widener University's Wolfgram Library offer checklists for evaluating sites and teaching modules on related subjects.

Search Engines
From Illinois Online Network's "Pointers and Clickers" technology tips (October 1999), a succinct explanation of the differences among different types of search engines.

Thinking Critically About World Wide Web Resources
Esther Grassian of UCLA College Library provides a checklist of questions to ask in evaluating a web site.

This Maricopa Community Colleges site offers tutorials on web searching skills, as well as links to other guides and tutorials. See especially the link to "What a Site!", which focuses on how instructors can find and integrate web resources into student activities.

Computer-Based Simulations

Coglab, Purdue University
Cognitive psychology demonstrations, designed mostly for specific classes. To see demonstrations, use guest as the user ID and password. (Note that with guest access, you cannot save data on the server.)

The Java Gas Turbine Simulator
The University of Toledo College of Engineering offers a gas turbine simulator that students can manipulate.

Solar System Simulator
Sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, this simulator allows one to view parts of the solar system.

Virtual Chemistry
Research students in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford maintain this site, which features online interactive experiments. Access is free.

Virtual Labs & Simulations
Designed for high school students, but suitable for many college courses as well, this site provides links to virtual labs and simulations in physics, math, chemistry, and other sciences.


Copyright Clearance Center
One of several online services that will help you find a copyright owner and secure permission to use material.

Copyright Considerations
Sponsored by the University of Iowa, this is a well-thought-out selection of links dealing with various issues of copyright, fair use, and intellectual property.

The UT System Crash Course in Copyright
Provided by the University of Texas, this is another well-designed and comprehensible site dealing with copyright and intellectual property. The "crash course" is extremely useful.

Search for "password protection" to find useful information about the subject.


DEOS Listserv Archives
DEOS-L is a popular listserv for distance educators. This archive allows you to search through recent and past archives of messages.

Discussion Logs for EDTECH
EDTECH is one of the lists of the H-Net mailing list discussion network. This site contains a log of its discussions.

League for Innovation in the Community College
Offers a searchable database for descriptions of the league's presentations and contact information for presenters.

A free resource community, offering links to online learning materials, including peer-reviewed materials, as well as comments from Merlot members.

Office of Learning Technologies
The entry point for a useful site sponsored by the Canadian government, offering a wealth of information for instructors and learners as well as a listserv database.

Tapped In
A mostly synchronous (real-time) forum for K-12 educators, especially those with an interest in technology and education.

Selected Training Programs for Online Teaching

Blackboard Faculty Development Program
Two courses on online teaching methods, strategies, and instructional design, using Blackboard course management software. Uses Teaching Online:APractical Guide as its main text.

California State University, Hayward, Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.
Also offers an M.S. in online teaching and learning.

Eteaching Institute Online Courses
Online courses in online teaching methods and strategies using the eCollege course management software.

Illinois Online Network, MVCR Online Training Series
A series of online courses, primarily for Illinois Online Network members, but open for those outside the state as well. MVCR stands for "Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality."

Michigan Virtual University, Online Instructor Program
A six-week course on online teaching and course development.

Nova Southeastern University, Graduate Teacher Education, Online Curriculum and Instruction Series

UCLA Extension, Online Teaching Program
Sample Orientation Programs

Illinois Online Networks' "Online Learning: An Overview"
Addresses student concerns and offers tips about how to be a successful online student.
Choose the tab for "How Online Learning Works."

Online Survival Guide: A Basic Guide to the Internet for Online Students and Faculty
The California Virtual Campus (CVC)Online Survival Guide is a resource document in PDF format that is available to any college requesting it from the CVC. It includes information on a variety of basic skills needed to take an online course, such as how to use browsers, handle attachments, and download plug-ins, as well as a glossary of terms commonly used in connection with online courses and the Internet. It may be duplicated as long as correct attribution is made to CVC Regional Center II at Rio Hondo College and to Suzanne E. Frederickson.

Portland Community College's "Online Learning Orientation"

TCL's Online Orientation
Choose the "Online Students" tab and then the "Online Orientation" link. This is an orientation within WebCT via a publicly accessible account that provides a general orientation to online courses at Technical College of the Low Country as well as a hands-on tour of WebCT features.

University of Central Florida
See "Are Online Courses for Me?" and "Now What?" pages.