School of Professional Studies

Pedagogical Resources for Online Teaching and Learning


On the Brown University Campus

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

For teaching and pedagogical support, visit the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Through its programs, services and publications, the Sheridan Center explores a variety of pedagogical approaches and offers support to all members of Brown's teaching community. Honoring Brown University's long-standing commitment to teaching, the Center recognizes the diversity of learning styles and encourages reflective, independent, life-long learning.

Online Teaching and Learning Organizations

The Sloan Consortium

Sloan-C, a consortium of individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to quality online education, provides workshops, webinars, publications, and resources relevant to online teaching and learning. Sloan Consortium Annual Conferences include the International Conference on Online Learning, Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, and the Blended Learning Conference and Workshop. Sloan-C’s Effective Practices are built around Five Pillars of Quality:  Access, Learning Effectiveness, Faculty Satisfaction, Student Satisfaction, and Scale.

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) focuses on advocacy, research, professional development, and networking for K-12 online teachers. The Guide to K-12 Online Learning offers advice to those starting an online program. iNACOL hosts the Virtual School Symposium each year and publishes National Standards for Quality Online Teaching.


Educause is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. The Blended and Online Learning Group provides a number of resources to support the field. Educause holds a number of conferences, seminars, and institute programs.

Resource Journals

American Journal of Distance Education
Educause Quarterly
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL)
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN)
Journal of Distance Education (JDE)
Journal of Educators Online (JEO)
Journal of Interactive Online Learning (JIOL)
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT)
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration (OJDLA)
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning

What’s Happening with Online Learning at Peer Institutions?

The following examples are by no means exhaustive, but this is a good place to start.

Accredited Online Degree Programs

Columbia University
Columbia University Teachers College offers an online program in Computing in Education. The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science offers a number of online masters degrees through their Columbia Video Network.

Dartmouth offers a professional online Master of Healthcare Delivery Science degree.

Harvard University
Harvard’s Extension School offers a blended solution through which students take at least 16 of 128 courses in the classroom. The remainder of courses can be taken online to apply to a graduate degree in liberal arts, biotechnology, information technology, journalism, management, mathematics for teaching, museum studies, and sustainability and environmental management.

Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University offers a wide range of fully online programs including engineering and public health.

The Stanford Center for Professional Development offers online master degrees in a number of engineering fields.

Penn State
Most state universities offer online courses and many offer full degrees. Penn State’s World Campus offers a particularly diverse set of online certificates and degrees.

Open Educational Resources

Many institutions are providing free online access to course materials, syllabi, lecture videos, and lecture notes. Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Universities are Opening Up Access to Their Courses by Taylor Walsh offers insight into the rationale behind this effort. What is most interesting is the diversity in delivery formats. A few examples are shared below.

MIT’s Open Courseware provides syllabi, lecture notes, and all of the course materials necessary to study independently.

The Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon offers a growing range of courses, primarily in math and engineering complete with learning modules and interactive exercises.

Open Yale Courses are generally in the format of video lecture.

Webcast Berkeley provides video lectures of virtually all their course offerings.