Moving your course to distance learning

Blog Post created by jkerski-esristaff Employee on Mar 16, 2020

Teaching online entails more than recording face-to-face content and placing it in an online environment.  Pedagogical shifts need to take place while keeping student learning, course goals, and program objectives at the forefront.  Fortunately, GIS has a 20-year history of online education, so there are successful models to follow.   Advice for teaching online is widely available, and selected resources are below.   And although designing a online course takes time and planning, don’t try to design a perfect online course right now.  Focus on what is essential. Realize that many students will access materials on their phones and with limited internet, so videos may not be practical.  Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.


Selected guidelines about teaching online: 


Recent advice about placing your courses online in light of the health emergency: 


Resources for converting to online courses from several universities: 



Lessons learned from years of online teaching, from Muki Haklay, University College London: 



Brief guidance from Inside Higher Ed: 


For more tools, books, data, and other instructional resources, see attached.  Updated 20 March 2020.