Teaching Online Together

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.

About the Teaching Online Together Program

The goals of the Teaching Online Together (TOT) Faculty Learning Community are to 1) catalyze instructor interest in creating engaging online courses at UD, 2) develop a network of peer-support for further faculty development in online course design, and 3) create a shared, UD-specific understanding of best-practices in online teaching. Instructors will work together, and with CTAL staff, to help each other understand the principles of high-quality asynchronous online learning as described in the literature and to build out online modules of instruction for their classes by using a suite of UD-supported educational technology tools and video platforms. Additionally, support is available to prepare instructors responsible for teaching a course even if they were not a part of the course design and/or building process.

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

Benefits of Participating

TOT offers its participants the opportunity to enhance their online teaching and be active members of a learning community at the University of Delaware.

        • As a participant, you will create a structured and personalized multi-week program designed to help you refine your online teaching skills, and/or explore new digital teaching practices, assessments, or technologies. You will use this time to design a new course, redesign an existing course, explore new asynchronous learning strategies, apply the latest in UD’s standards for high-quality online courses, etc.
        • You will benefit from pursuing your (re)design in a community of other participants and educational development specialists. We will meet twice weekly during the first 4-weeks, and then once weekly for the remainder of the program.
        • Joining the TOT program requires a time commitment of approximately 10-hours weekly during the first 4-weeks, and then 1-hour weekly after your course is launched.
        • Upon completion of the program, you may be invited to leadership and service opportunities within other CTAL programs, and contribute to a community of practice that promotes effective online pedagogy among peer instructors.

Program Activities

As a TOT participant, you will engage in a variety of program activities sequenced to develop and refine your online teaching skills over a multi-week period based on the semester of instruction (May 4 – July 7, or June 8 – Aug 21, or July 13 – December 22). These activities will help you make more effective and efficient use of your time designing an online course, planning synchronous sessions, building asynchronous modules, and reflecting and writing about your teaching.

        • Customized TOT Plan – You will develop a personal TOT plan that has two purposes. The plan begins with mastering the principle of backward design, including the development of authentic assessments that are well-suited to online modalities.  Second, your Plan will involve the practical work of designing (or redesigning) and building an online course that you will offer in a condensed summer term or full-length fall/spring term.
        • Individual Consultations – You will meet weekly with a CTAL consultant to reflect on your project. The first consultation will provide an opportunity for you and the consultant to design a customized development plan.
        • Course Design Materials + Guides – TOT provides the foundation for materials, guides, and research articles to inform the design process. All course materials are provided for participant use asynchronously.
        • Zoom Discussions – Each week, you will meet with other participants over Zoom to share experiences, challenge each other’s assumptions, and support each other’s pedagogical experimentation.
        • End-of-Semester Zoom Reflection – At the end of the program, you will have a chance to reflect on your growth as an online instructor and share the results of your time with other participants.

Why Participate?

Engaging in the Teaching Online Together Program will help you:

        • Learn from the teaching experiences of colleagues at the University of Delaware.
        • Develop and improve materials for online instruction.
        • Develop skills that will enable you to analyze and improve your online teaching over time.
        • Enjoy the community of educators at UD.


Applications for the Teaching Online Together Program are accepted by nomination only. Graduate instructors are eligible, as are all faculty: tenured, tenure-track, and continuing- track.

Nomination Process

Nominations from the College of Arts and Sciences are accepted directly from the Dean’s Office. Nominations should be emailed to ctal-info@udel.edu, and include:

        • instructor name and UD email address
        • course title and catalog number
        • term course will be offered
        • if nominating a graduate instructor, dean/chair should identify a supervising faculty member

Instructors from other colleges who are interested in seeking nomination are encouraged to email Matthew Trevett-Smith, Director, Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning mtrevett@udel.edu.

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

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