Online Teaching Community

A virtual faculty professional learning community.


The purpose of the Online Teaching Community is to share creative teaching ideas, best practices and policies, and ideas for research in online teaching. The group is interaction-based and the content we discuss is up to its members — so bring your questions and issues and the tips and tricks you’ve learned along the way.

How We Meet

To honor the fact that this is about “online” teaching and to make this accessible to faculty who are out of state, we offer the meeting online. We use WebEx conferencing and members join by video or audio from wherever they canIt is informal, so eating lunch is encouraged! 

Why We Meet

In each meeting, the aim is to discuss any questions and issues group members bring to the table that week (about 75 percent of the time), as well as to provide some information on specific topics of interest to group members raised in prior meetings (about 25 percent of the meeting). We share resources and have a listserv for accessing shared documents.   


Meetings are held on Fridays from 12 - 1 pm via WebEx
February 7, 2020 Giving Effective Feedback to Students Dr. Shani Fleming
March 6, 2020 Creating Engaging Videos Dr. Isabell May
March 20, 2020 Transitioning to Online Teaching Dr. Michelle Pearce
April 3, 2020 Using VoiceThread in the Online Classroom Ashlie Kauffman
May 1, 2020 Addressing Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Dr. Lynn McPherson, Dr. Isabell May, Ashlie Kauffman
Call For Proposals June-August 2020
September 11, 2020  Tips for Developing a Quality Online Course Kevin Engler
October 2, 2020 Tools for Facilitating and Evaluating Group Work Dr. Larisa Odessky
November 6, 2020 Using Video as a Teaching and Social Tool in Online Courses Eric Belt
December 4, 2020 Flipped Classroom Models in Online Teaching Ashlie Kaufmann
January 8, 2021 Introduction to Advanced Tools in Blackboard Nichole Schumaker
February 5, 2021 Using Self-Reflection in Online Courses Dr. Larisa Odessky
March 5, 2021 Creating Accessible Content in Online Courses Becky Menendez
April 2, 2021 Reflections on Engaging Students in an Asynchronous Online Learning Environment Paul Mulhern
May 7, 2021 Hybrid Online Learning: Mixing Synchronous and Asynchronous Methods  Dr. Jim Kucher


The OTC will resume the beginning of September. We’d love your input for topics you’d like to see covered in 2020-2021. Please email Dr. Michelle Pearce at with your ideas. Feel free to nominate yourself to present on a topic. The presentations are informal, run for about 25 minutes, and cover topics relevant to online teaching.

Please contact Dr. Michelle Pearce at if you are interested in joining the Online Teaching Community.   

Session Recordings