School of Professional Studies

Best Practices for Teaching Online

Teaching Online?  Be Wise: Master These Best Practices!

The Brown Online team worked with University faculty from the online Pre-College Program to establish a set of best practices for teaching online. Not surprisingly, they are consistent with those long established in the field of distance education. If you plan to teach an online course, adhering to these guidelines will help ensure both your and your students’ engagement, enjoyment, and success in the course.

1. As you design your online course, consult with an Instructional Designer (ID)

2. Help your students be successful online learners

3. Engage with your students early and often

4. Review and comment in discussion forums daily

5. Provide effective feedback

6. Manage your time wisely