Online Teaching Guide, by CIT Nursing Fellows

Thinking about teaching an online/distance-learning course? Already teach online – but need fresh ideas? The Online Teaching Guide, developed by eight faculty from Duke’s School of Nursing (led by Dr. Jane Blood-Siegfried, Clinical Professor as part of a CIT Fellows Program), includes information on online course planning, implementation, evaluation and several other examples and resources.

We believe that the guide will be beneficial not only to nursing faculty, but also to other faculty who teach online or blended courses. The faculty in the Duke Environmental Leadership Program have already referenced the guide while they revise an online faculty handbook and research formats of teaching modules for their own program.

According to the “About” page in the Guide,

The [CIT nursing fellows’] work was guided by the principles of teaching and learning proposed by Chickering & Gamson in 1987. Those principles include: Student-Faculty Contact, Cooperation Among Students, Active Learning, Prompt Feedback, Time on Task, High Expectations, and Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning. You will find that these principles are incorporated throughout this resource guide.

For those new to teaching online, we recommend starting at the beginning and working your way through all sections of the guide in order to get a broad overview of what you will need and some examples that may be useful to you in deciding how to design and teach your online course. For those with more experience teaching online, we still believe that this information is relevant but you may want to review or search for specific information or new tools that you wish to explore further.

The entire guide is available at