Instructional Design and Online Teaching

Learn How to Teach Online

Online Teaching Best Practices Course

Online Teaching badgeThe Online Best Teaching Practices course is a two week, completely online course that is offered three times per year (August, December, April). This course is designed for Viterbo instructors who are new to teaching online or in a blended format, and are planning to teach this type of course in the future. This course will introduce instructors to effective strategies for teaching online and advocate for effective use of the Moodle course management system.

All instructors who take or plan to take this course must complete two self-paced Online Course Design Modules. The modules can be done anytime prior to or during this course, and can be accessed by self-enrolling.
Instructors taking this course will: 1) learn to effectively use the basic aspects of Moodle technology (discussion board, grade book, announcements, email) needed to teach a course online and 2) apply knowledge of best online teaching practices to create an online course syllabus, learning outcomes, and course activities and assignments. The goal of this course is to provide and teach all of the instructional and technology tools instructors will need to successfully teach an online or blended course, encouraging interaction via videos that foster instructor presence, discussions that foster student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction, and activities that foster interaction between the student and the material being studied.
All instructors who are new to teaching online or blended classes at Viterbo should complete this course (note: this course is only available for instructors affiliated with Viterbo University).  There is no fee for taking this short training course, and there is no opportunity for obtaining course credit.  This course will be taught in an entirely online format; there are no face-to-face meetings required. All instructors who successfully complete thise course will be recommended for online teaching approval, so there is no need to fill out an online teaching approval application separately if you plan on taking this course.

The next online teaching course will be offered from Monday, August 13 to Sunday, August 26.

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Please feel free to email the course instructor, Cari Mathwig Ramseier ( at any time if you have questions regarding the next course offering.

Online Teaching Expectations

As an online instructor, you are expected to use Moodle to provide online presence (via video or other instructional means), materials (files, links, or videos), as well as facilitate communication between students (discussions, class work). For online courses, submissions and feedback should be done via Moodle for academic integrity.

In addition to the Online Course Design Modules, tutorials and videos are available that will help you learn how to utilize the many features of the Moodle LMS. These instructional materials can be found from the Moodle login page, under “Instructor Resources” then “Moodle Help and Tutorials” or via The guides are comprehensive, covering the many features of Moodle and providing tips for using Moodle effectively. You are expected to post grades throughout the term of the course using the Moodle gradebook, so that might be one of the first tutorials to complete.

If you have questions regarding how to learn Moodle, please contact