Practical Strategies for Teaching Online

Practical Strategies for Teaching Online

Switching from face-to-face instruction to a distance learning environment may sound like a scary concept if you are not well-versed in technology. You may even find yourself wondering how you can quickly learn and apply the necessary tools to begin your virtual classroom, utilize one of the many online teaching platforms, find the most useful apps to keep your students engaged, and keep your cool in the process. Don’t panic!


What is an Online Learning Environment?

Online learning, e-learning, and distance learning are not new concepts. The first accredited online school was established in 1994, and the term ‘e-learning’ has only been around since 1999. By 2014, approximately 98% of public colleges were offering fully online learning programs. As of 2020, approximately 90% of all U.S. corporations are now using online learning.

While these statistics help put the prominent role of e-learning into perspective, how can you successfully transition your brick and mortar instruction into a successful and thriving online environment? Will your class instruction look the same? How will you ensure your students are engaged? Should students really spend an entire day in Zoom calls?


How to Approach an Online Learning Environment

Distance learning, virtual education, Zoom classrooms, or hybrid instruction are all terms you have now heard on daily. While this type of teaching might have started as crisis teaching and not distance learning, you are still an influential teacher.  You can make a difference in your students’ lives, no matter the location of the learning environment.

However, this change brings the added challenges of ensuring you reach all students, including the traditionally compromised students, such as English learners and students living in poverty. You will need to leverage your tried-and-true teaching skills and adopt technology to provide targeted supports for all students. You must keep on target with your school’s learning targets and standards. How will you accomplish these seemingly daunting tasks and maintain your positive mindset?


Benefits of the course Practical Strategies for Teaching Online

In this course, Practical Strategies for Teaching Online offered by Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, teachers and administrators will receive essential hands-on tools and evidence-based strategies to equip them to deliver an effective distance learning environment for their students. You will be able to lead your students through a successfully executed school year, regardless of the grade level you teach. You will also develop positive teacher-student relationships, build credibility with your students and parents, prepare assessments, and meet your learning targets. Additional topics include a wide variety of instructional approaches through synchronous and asynchronous learning, discussion of equity challenges related to distance learning, reduced busywork, prioritizing curriculum that engages students, and much more.

By developing skills to keep a positive mindset, manage your workload and workspace while teaching from home, and cultivate a virtual-class community, here are some other topics that will allow your students to remain engaged and thrive 

Topics include:

  • Develop learning intentions for students
  • Create a classroom management plan for distance learning
  • Identify expectations for synchronous and asynchronous distance learning
  • Prepare your distance learning environment
  • Build teacher-student relationships and peer-to-peer relationships
  • Define and establish teacher credibility
  • Create a flow of lessons specifically designed for distance learning
  • Identify success criteria
  • Create conditions for engagement and supported learning
  • Coach and facilitate learning in a distance learning environment
  • Understand the socioemotional links to feedback
  • Leverage your understanding of crisis teaching to make your school better


Practical Strategies for Teaching Online Course Contents

Successful completion of Practical Strategies for Teaching Online will lead to long-lasting benefits for yourself and your students. It may also impact your professional career by allowing you to leverage your new skills towards salary advancement, license renewal, or recertification. Students are encouraged to seek approval from their district or state before enrolling.

Contents include:

  • Mindset matters- focus on what you can control
  • Embrace the opportunity to rethink distance learning
  • Establish rules and routines for a distance learning environment
  • Building class community
  • Basic components of a digital learning plan
  • Seven C’s of effective classroom management
  • The first days of distance learning school
  • Teacher-student relationships from a distance
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Teacher credibility at a distance
  • Creating engaging tasks
  • Planning instructional units for distance learning
  • Feedback, assessments, and grading
  • Making learning better for students and teachers

Through this three-semester credit course, Practical Strategies for Teaching Online, you will develop the tools necessary to diversify your instructional approaches, including resources for those who teach young children in a distance learning environment. The curriculum of this course is made explicitly for busy K-12 educators and administrators. All content is self-paced, written in a user-friendly format, and accessible online 24/7 or via PDF format delivered directly to your email inbox.

Practical Strategies for Teaching Online can be applied toward the Teaching in the Online Classroom Certificate offered by Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne. Other popular courses options for this timely certificate include:

For more detailed information about the certificates offered at Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, visit

Note, the University of La Verne is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Since requirements may vary, students should check with their school district or state department of education before enrolling in a course.


How to Register

The course Practical Strategies for Teaching Online, offered by Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, is completed online or via emailed PDF format. All books and materials are mailed to the student regardless of the format selected. Featuring online chat support and quick grading turnaround times, the course is open for registration at any time during a semester. Upon completion, students receive graduate, non-degree semester credit on official transcripts from the University of La Verne, an accredited university in La Verne, California. 

Registration is simple and can be done online or over the phone. Courses are offered on a rolling basis during three standard semesters, and you can begin whenever you are ready! Courses are offered ongoing during three semesters. Students may enroll in up to a maximum of 15-semester credits at any time during each semester.

The registration dates are:

Fall: September 1 – January 31

Spring: February 1 – May 31

Summer: June 1 – August 31

Our course, Practical Strategies for Teaching Online, offers a wealth of easy-to-use tools, resources, guidelines, and support to help you navigate the waters of online learning! Now is the time to seize the opportunity to discover how these practical strategies can be applied to your online learning environment!  








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