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Center for Faculty Engagement (CFE): Online Teaching Resources

Teaching Excellence & Engagement

Online Teaching Resources

Requirements & Options for Teaching Online

The purpose of this page is to explain what training is required to teach online in order to be in compliance with University guidelines regarding teaching online and using the learning management system (LMS).

Currently, there are two guidelines that relate to faculty and the LMS. 

Minimum Online Expectations -

This applies to all faculty teaching face-to-face courses. They are expected to use the LMS (Canvas) to post, at a minimum, their course syllabus, faculty information, and textbook information.

Faculty Requirements for Online Teaching -

This applies to all faculty teaching online. It outlines the basic training categories:

  • Aligning measurable learning objectives, assessments, and activities
  • Engaging students in learning
  • Creating appropriate assessments of student learning
  • Effective use of course technology

It outlines the categories for re-certification training that must be completed every two years:

  • Awareness of copyright issues
  • Awareness of usability and accessibility (ADA) issues
  • Managing workload
  • Integrating emerging technologies into the design and delivery of online courses




Review the Accessibility panel discussion, and the handout for the session. Also look for announcements about workshops on making accessible documents offered by Steven Hill, the Technology Accessibility Specialist for the Technology Enhanced Learning Department


Using Styles In Word to Make Accessible Documents

These 4 Videos from Microsoft (Links to an external site.) explain:

  • How Microsoft's Style Ribbon works
  • How to change styles to fit your preferences
  • Benefits of using Styles.
  • Help & Training.

Other Resources

Office of the Texas GovernorMaking Accessible Documents (Links to an external site.)

This page has a list of how-to tutorials for making accessible documents.


Faculty Focus

IT Accessibility, Texas A&M University

National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCSAE)

Paciello Group

Universal Design for Learning


WebAIMProper Heading Order for Accessible Documents (Links to an external site.)

When tagging documents for ADA compliance, you need to use the styles in the proper order.

The instructions from Web AIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) explain how to order your styles for correct tagging.

WebAIM Section 508 Checklist (Links to an external site.)


Hoonuit: Click on the Help button on the left side menu (global navigation menu), then click on Hooonuit. It offers a number of topics related to making accessible documents.


Assessment Resources

Assessment Basics

Faculty Focus articles:

Texas A&M University Faculty Resource on Assessment. (Links to an external site.)Contains helpful materials on the following:

  • Assessment Overview
  • Designing Effective Test Assessments
  • Using Alternate Assessments and Rubrics
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques
  • Grading

Association of American Colleges & UniversitiesAssessment Resources (Links to an external site.)

AAC&U develops and advances assessment practices that deepen, integrate, and demonstrate student learning, through advocacy of learning-centered assessment policies, support for campus work to develop meaningful assessment approaches, and experimentation with common e-portfolio frameworks.

University of Wisconsin-Stout, Faculty Resource on Rubrics for Assessment. (Links to an external site.) 

Offers rubric suggestions for:

  • portfolios,
  • cooperative learning,
  • research process/ report,
  • PowerPoint,
  • oral presentation,
  • web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects.

Authentic Assessment Toolbox (Links to an external site.)Jon Mueller. Professor of Psychology, North Central College. 2004 MERLOT Classics. Copyright 2014

IDEA Papers (Links to an external site.) are a national forum for the publication of peer-reviewed articles pertaining to the general areas of teaching and learning, faculty evaluation, curriculum design, assessment, and administration in higher education.