Teaching Online Services

Support From Your Assigned Instructional Design Consultant

Like most universities that offer online courses, RIT provides workshops and technology training for new online faculty. Unlike these other universities, we assign an instructional design consultant (or IDC) to each and every online faculty member.

The IDC-faculty relationship begins the moment the faculty member is tapped to teach online, and ends only when they leave RIT. Department chairs and heads can rest assured that their online faculty have continuous, personalized support from experienced professionals. Our team is extremely well versed in online education: collectively, we have 35-plus year’s experience in helping online faculty to succeed

Each IDC not only coaches and advises their assigned faculty, but also project manages for them an array of critical support services and resources. These include:

  • Beginning-to-advanced technical training in myCourses, our superb course management system, and RIT’s other supported technologies
  • Single-point media development services for producing, acquiring, and captioning all digital media
  • Single-point librarian services for researching and obtaining copyright permissions for course e-reserves, databases, and other instructional materials
  • Single-point proctoring support for both online faculty and their students
  • Single-point administrative support for managing online course resources, such as textbooks, course packs, and lab materials

If you would like to be assigned to an Instructional Design Consultant, click here to make an appointment or call 475-2551.

Comprehensive Online Faculty Development Program

In addition to the continuous, personalized support provided by your assigned instructional design consultant, Teaching & Learning Services (TLS) provides a comprehensive online faculty development program that consists of the following components:

  • TLS provides an expanding array of consultations and workshops on Adobe Connect, RIT’s real-time web-conferencing tool
  • TLS organizes the annual two-day Faculty Institute on Teaching and Learning (FITL), which always include sessions devoted to online course design and teaching
  • Other regularly offered workshops include: Getting Started with Adobe Connect, Second Life: Educational Uses at RIT, Confluence Wiki Basics, and Getting Started with Online Teaching: An Informational Session
  • TLS offers Essentials of Online Teaching between the sixth and the eighth week of every quarter. This course is a three-week sequence of online learning activities that simulates a student’s perspective in an online class, yet has online course design and facilitation as its subject matter
  • To learn more about and to register for these events, please visit Events Registration


To talk with an Instructional Design Consultant about teaching online, click here to make an appointment or call 475-2551.

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