Resources that support your online teaching

Artificial Intelligence virtual assistants are in use at several universities, providing invaluable assistance to students and faculty.

Examples of lessons created in augmented or virtual reality and easy access to a large repository are described.

Suggestions for activities and exercises to include after video micro-lectures encouraging student engagement, reflection, metacognition, and recall are given. 

The importance of providing visual communication in online classes is stressed, along with tips for video creation.


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General has recommended that Western Governors University return over $700 million dollars in federal financial aid, citing insufficient faculty interaction in the online courses they provide.

OER has contributed to retention and diminished costs in a community college, leading to a Z-degree.

The University of Pennsylvania introduces a new digital simulation platform, allowing experiential learning based on cases and lectures.

The writer advises improving teaching with discussion, connecting with students, acting as master to apprentice, and coaching.  

Three faculty developed a tool to see course through a diversity lens, with the syllabus being a starting point for difficult discussions on inclusion and related issues.

An instructor uses plagiarism detection, videos, and project meetings to combat cheating and to help ensure identity of her students.

Virtually Inspired has showcased a fun and engaging free game-based learning application, CSI: Agent on a Mission, used in statistics courses at Singapore Management University.

Suggestions for creating higher-level interactivities in online courses are provided, including game-based learning.

Four online course design and teaching authors provide suggestions for effective and engaging online instruction.

Ten online teaching suggestions are provided, including reflection questions for the instructor.

Jeff Selingo predicts major changes to the institutional model of higher education to better align with lifelong learning needs.  

Students want information fast, especially on financial aid, and are often on a tight schedule to choose their institution. A related issue is that they are generally behind in instructors’ expectations.

Institutional administrations endeavor to assure standards on online offerings as well as student support; major organizations now provide an infographic of advice.

Physical therapy students collectively provide four conceptions of “feedback,” based on their experiences.

Ten tips are provided for online classes, illustrating stiffness of recent conference calls; tips include preparing students and achieving relevance.

Ohio institutions are using 3D holography in online courses, including wearable equipment.

 For our inaugural news digest, we are bringing Virtually Inspired to your attention, an amazing collection of ways that teaching and learning are enhanced by technology, including an example of live video conferencing that allows you to experience the Great Barrier Reef from your home.