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Self Paced Option for Teaching Online Now: SPOT ON. Launches July 15th

Why Teach Online at UD?

A well-designed online course will engage and motivate students to learn during asynchronous modules as well as during optional synchronous sessions; moreover, the asynchronous activities offer students significant intellectual engagement. Asynchronous components allow students to learn about course concepts, generate new ideas, solve problems, think creatively, and interact through hands-on activities. Additionally, the instructor can provide effective feedback in response to student questions and quickly identify and correct misunderstandings.


SPOT ON is a self-paced, open registration version of the Teaching Online Together program. Just like in TOT, participants will be able to review the principles of backward design and learn how to apply them in an online setting for any mode of course delivery, be it fully online, hybrid, or emergency remote. Our program includes structured self-reflection grounded by the specific context of your course, and well as an opportunity to review and expand your approach to teaching online. Many of these elements will help you develop flexibility and intention beyond a single course and throughout all of your teaching. 

TOT SPOT ON contains 5 instructional modules, and 3 resource modules.

Instructional Modules

  • Backward Design
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Scaffolding and Sequencing
  • Communication and Alignment
  • Access and Equity

Resource Modules

  • Student Resources
  • Resources for Online Instructors
  • Course Materials

TOT: SPOT ON resources are available for the entirety of the Fall 2020 Semester. You can return to pages as many times as you want and access modules in any order.

The Teaching Online Together program is co-designed and supported by the Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning, the UD Library, Museums and Press, and UD Online.

Each Wednesday, participants are invited to join CTAL, PCS, and Library facilitators for an unstructured discussion session. All are welcome.

Is TOT: SPOT ON the right opportunity for you?

SPOT ON is great for instructors in a variety of teaching situations. Here are some questions that SPOT ON might help you answer:

  • What do I do about my traditionally administered final exam (e.g. Scantron sheets…) in an online or hybrid class?
  • How can I organize my learning activities to adapt to different teaching situations in the fall?
  • I haven’t chosen a textbook yet; how can I figure out what to do online if I don’t have a textbook adopted?
  • What kinds of student engagement work best in Canvas? 
  • How can I customize Canvas to reflect my teaching style?
  • How can my students productively collaborate in an online environment?

Whether you are considering joining TOT: SPOT ON or not, you already have access to the customized this SPOT ON Course Development Checklist to see where your course currently stands and where additional support would be most beneficial. 

How do I join TOT: SPOT ON?

TOT: SPOT ON is open to all UD faculty members with teaching responsibilities, as well as graduate students and postdocs who will be serving as instructors of record at UD. You can request to be added to the course by clicking on the “join” button on the right. This self-paced course is a Canvas course and it will launch on Wednesday July 15th. Once you are added to the course, you can begin working through the modules at your pace. The resources provided on the SPOT ON Canvas site will remain available throughout the Fall semester.

Comments or Questions should be directed to Matthew Trevett-Smith, Director, Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning

SPOT ON Checklist

This checklist will help you to review a current course or Canvas site and identify aspects of your design that may need updating.