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 video conferencing and members join by video or audio from wherever they can. It 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 the first Friday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom
Date Topic Presenter
Sept. 8, 2023

Infusing DEI into Online Course Quality: A Focus on Belonging

Ashlie Sarsgard
Oct. 6, 2023

How Faculty and Students can Use Edge Copilot--A Generative AI Assistant

Cory Stephens

Nov. 3, 2023

Considerations for Teaching International and Nonnative English Speakers

Carlos Faerron Guzmán and Carol Gizell Velandia Pardo


Dec. 1, 2023

Infusing Coaching Tools and Strategies into Your Teaching

Erin Hagar
Jan. 5, 2024

Faculty’s Experience Using ChatGPT: A Panel Discussion

Leo Kenefic, Scott Riley, and Isabell May

Feb. 2, 2024

Open Stax: An Open Education Resource for Faculty and Students

Emily Gorman and Tiffany Buckley

March 1, 2024

Using Virtual Reality in Online Classrooms

Scott Riley

April 5, 2024

Universal Design for Learning in Online Courses

Tanya Thomas

May 3, 2024

Strategies for Inclusive Teaching in Online Spaces

Diane Forbes Berthoud


The OTC will resume in September. We’d love your input on topics you’d like to see covered in the upcoming academic year. 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

Navigate to Past Event Recordings to locate additional resources for each session recording.