New to Teaching Online

If you are new to teaching online or new to teaching in general, IDA has the resources to get you started on the right note. From pedagogy to technical "How-To" training, think of this as your one-stop-shop for online teaching training. Browse the links, materials, and resources listed to begin your journey. Have questions or need additional assistance, email IDA.

Getting Started

  1. First (Ever!) College Teaching Assignment discusses how to begin your first teaching assignment and what first steps to take for success.
  2. Preparing for Your First Online Course discusses how to prepare for teaching your first online course and what information is critical to know as you begin.
  3. Getting Started with Blackboard describes Blackboard as your Learning Management System and provides resources available to you as the instructor.
  4. Blackboard Tutorial Videos are short, step-by-step tutorial videos describing a variety of technical tasks in Blackboard. A text-based Blackboard Guide is also available.
  5. Adding Internal Structure to Your Courses explains the benefits of establishing an internal organization and structure for your Blackboard course.

Next-Level Training and Tips

  1. Establish Your Authority in the Classroom provides tips and training on learning to establish your authority in your new classroom.
  2. Constructive and Effective Grading describes helpful practices and tips for grading your students' work effectively.
  3. Don't Fall Prey to Imposter Syndrome explains what "Imposter Syndrome" is, who can be effected, and how to overcome and/or avoid its effects.
  4. The Importance of Creating a Presence in Your Course describes why creating a presence in your courses is critical and how it can be done effectively both online and in the face-to-face classroom.
  5. Dealing with Distractions and Disruptions in Class addresses how and why distractions and disruptions impact the modern classroom, along with how to handle them when they do.
  6. Create Video/Audio Lectures for Your Students provides step-by-step training on the use of Panopto (a lecture capture tool provided through WSU) to enhance the learning content in your course.
  7. Use Zoom for Synchronous Meetings and Virtual Office Hours provides technical training on using the Zoom (conferencing) tool, where to obtain it, and how to use it for your course.

If you are interested in a face-to-face training session, stop by the open IDA Labs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., located in the Ablah Library C-Space or contact