Support for Developing and Teaching Online Courses

Online learning is an important component of RIT’s long-term strategy. The Teaching & Learning Studio (TLS) of the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) is ready to assist RIT faculty who want to explore this exciting way of connecting with new and different student populations.

TLS is committed to supporting RIT faculty in all areas of online learning. We supply tools, resources, and guidance that faculty can draw on during each stage of the online process.

If teaching online is new to you, you can start by meeting with one of the Instructional Designers at TLS. Click here to request a consultation.

Online course design

As an online instructor, you will probably continue to use many of the same teaching philosophies and principles that you have found successful in the classroom. Your current course design may need only minor modifications to work effectively in an online learning environment.

Meeting standards

This tool helps you convert traditional classroom seat time into online activities that fulfill Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) course requirements for student contact.

Designing an Online Course

Even if you have designed online courses before, Designing an Online Course provides opportunities to learn from and share ideas with your colleagues. To find out about the next offering, contact Michael Starenko at mssetc@rit.edu.

Sample Online Course

The Teaching & Learning Studio has developed a myCourses shell with examples of best practices in action. 

Teaching Elements

Teaching Elements are just-in-time, web-based resources for faculty to explore innovative teaching practices and academic technologies.

Design Tools and Templates

In preparing for semester conversion, TLS developed a set of course planning and design tools that faculty can use to design online courses, including an Online Course Plan to lay out weekly activities.

TLS Instructional Designers are always available to help. Click here to request a consultation.

Online course production

TLS staff can help you ensure that your course materials and resources students that are accessible and effective in an online format.

myCourses Support and Training

RIT's learning management system, myCourses, houses all online courses at RIT. We offer web-based myCourses documentation and online tutorials as well as individual training.

Online Course Shells

RIT faculty can copy these myCourses shells containing structural elements for best practice online teaching into their courses.

Course Preparation Checklist

This list of common myCourses tasks can help ensure that your online course is ready for your students.

Customizing Your Course

RIT faculty can customize the “look and feel” of their courses with custom home pages, activity icons, and custom navigation bars.

Faculty teaching courses in fully online certificates are encouraged to apply elements and standards to create a common brand for RIT Online (in development).

Training Events

Our Event Calendar can keep you informed of training opportunities in myCourses and other academic technologies.

Gotcha Guides

Academic Technology Gotcha Guides are short video instructions to avoid some common issues with our supported academic technologies.

TLS Instructional Designers are always available to help. Click here to request a consultation.

Teaching online

Online instruction combines the teaching practices that you already use successfully with others suitable for a virtual learning environment. TLS staff can provide best practice examples and support.

Working in myCourses

Faculty can learn to use the RIT learning management system, myCourses, and other academic technologies that support online learning in classes, individual sessions, or online.

Real-time support

Faculty can obtain technical support for myCourses and other supported academic technologies through our Help Desk.

Help Desk hours of operation

Teaching in an Online Format

In this online course, faculty can learn and experience some best practice techniques of online learning. Contact Marybeth Koon at mjmetc@rit.edu to find out more.

TLS Instructional Designers are always available to help. Click here to request a consultation.

Support for your online students

Because online students can be separated from campus, faculty, and other students by both space and time, RIT has created number of online supports for them.

Proctoring

Faculty can include proctored quizzes and exams in their online courses. You can find information about online proctoring here.

myCourses and academic technology technical support

Students in fully online programs and certificates can contact technical support for myCourses and other supported academic technologies through our Help Desk.

Help Desk hours of operation

Online Writing Commons

The Online Writing Commons is designed to provide RIT Online Learning students with resources and written feedback to improve their writing.

Virtual Campus

RIT offers a host of services for online students, ranging from an assessment to gauge readiness for learning in an online environment to technical support. through the virtual campus portal.

Ensuring quality

The Teaching & Learning Studio offers an Online Course Design Rubric that faculty can use to ensure that they have included elements of best practices in their course. (Coming soon!)
TLS Instructional Designers are always available to help. Click here to request a consultation.