Online Teaching

This Online Education Course Design Recommendations guide is available for download to aid faculty in delivering high-quality online courses.

Where do I start?

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Post resources, tips and strategies for online education as well as post your own questions about online education that fellow users can post answers.  There is a searchable archive that you can also view to see if your question has already been addressed.

SPHHP has a number of resources, including the streamlined Online Education Course Design Recommendations and syllabi templates. Consistent look and feel among all our online classes is helpful for students and faculty. For a quick overview, see the Quick Start Guide section below.

For more comprehensive guidance, please see the Center for Educational Innovation's offerings.

Quick Start Guide for Online Courses

A consistent look and feel between all SPHHP online coursework is helpful for students because they will know what to expect and where to find all course materials.  It’s also helpful for faculty because course management is easier when everything’s uniform.

Here’s a brief document outlining how to organize your UBlearns course site.

Online Education Course Design Recommendations

Use the guide below for information on increasing the accessibility of your course content, tips on moving seated courses to online formats, and a recommended style guide to set up an online course and use UBlearns for online content.

What's in the guide

  • Getting Started with Online Teaching
  • UB Supported Software for Online Courses
  • Moving a Seated Course to an Online Format
  • Weekly Activities in Online Courses
  • Learning Management Software – UBlearns
    • How to set up the course menu, home page, syllabus & instructions, weekly activities, weekly content folders, and additional course content
    • Year over year date management
    • Available resources for UBlearns
  • Course Components
    • Lecture Video Length
    • Recording Video Lectures
    • Video Lecture Analytics
    • Readings
    • Additional Videos or Podcasts
    • Assignments & Activities
  • Document Accessibility
    • Quickest/Easiest Steps to Make a Document More Accessible

Online Course Syllabi Templates

Use the instructional template below to guide your development of a syllabus for courses delivered online, or in a hybrid format (a mix of online and seated activities).

Download the blank template to create your online or hybrid course syllabus.

Center for Educational Innovation (CEI)

UB’s CEI has a host of new tools available, including designing an online course, building the course in an online environment, and teaching online. Each of these modules include examples, how-to videos, and other content that will facilitate creating or moving a course online.

CEI also includes a page on preparing a seated course to move online for short periods of time, in case of severe weather conditions or other emergency events.

CEI Faculty Consultations

CEI now offers faculty consultations, or one-on-one sessions with CEI designers to address teaching challenges, discuss pedagogical strategies, refresh or design online course content, and connect with faculty in the growing teaching community at UB.