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Online Teaching & Learning


Stony Brook University has been offering distance education/online/computer-mediated learning for over 15 years and has recently made online learning a university strategic priority. For more information on our campus online efforts, see the Provost's website for Online Education. 

With this growing interest and excitement in finding new ways to deliver instruction, engage students in the virtual classroom and provide access to students around the world, faculty are seeking new opportunities to try technologies that enable teaching at a distance.  

  • Getting Started

    Getting started? Make an Appointment with CELT Staff!

    Faculty often question how an online course can preserve the personality and rigor of a traditional course. Our instructional design staff can show you how to make your online course meet all the academic standards you strive for in your face-to-face classroom. Here's what to expect from a meeting with our staff:

    1. We’ll discuss your content and objectives for using technology-enabled teaching and learning. We’ll ask you to describe how you currently teach the class, discuss your student learning outcomes, and determine which technologies you're most comfortable with. Please send your syllabus in advance, so we're prepared to offer you constructive advice and guidance about transforming your course to an online setting. 
    2. We'll help you determine whether your course can best be translated into the online or hybrid medium and we'll develop a timeline for moving you toward your goal.  
    3. Why reinvent the wheel? We will help you locate re-usable materials (called "learning objects") in your discipline that you can use in your online course.  
    4. Depending on your knowledge and comfort with distance learning technologies, you can meet with our technology support experts who provide training on how to use Blackboard, VoiceThread, Adobe Connect, SB Capture, and more.  
    5. We will introduce you to any grant opportunities available through our office.
    6. Teaching in a new medium and delivery mode is a process, so we'll also discuss the assessment and revision process that will follow your initial build-out of the course. Just as in your face-to-face classes, there is a learning curve for developing, refining and tweaking a high-quality online/blended or technology-mediated course. 

    Not sure how to label your course delivery model? Check out the Online Learning Consortium's updated list of course delivery definitions:

  • Making the Shift

    Making the Shift

    Our Staff Can Save You Time

    We know that your goal is to create the best possible educational experience for your students, and that simply putting all your F2F materials up on Blackboard is not an effective approach. Converting a class into an online format requires careful thought and preparation, and leveraging the experience of the TLT staff will save you time – time developing, time reviewing, and time researching.

  • Creating a Syllabus

    Creating a Syllabus

    Creating your first online syllabus – or your tenth – can be a more of a task than you may realize. 

  • Training

    Training for Teaching Online

    Whether you're new to online teaching, or a veteran, these training resources will help you step up your online game.

    The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT): Whether it's syllabus development, assessment, learning new technology tools, or selecting course content to motivate student engagement, CELT offers one-to-one consultations, group training for your department, and a variety of workshops that will transform how you manage and deliver your course. Upcoming Events are also listed on the CELT home page.

    In addition, CELT offers a full-blown Online Faculty Training immersion workshop for instructors preparing for a specific semester. This 5-week training is delivered via Blackboard three times a year:

    • mid-October for faculty scheduled to teach online in Winter or Spring terms
    • mid-March for faculty scheduled to teach online in the Summer term
    • early June for faculty scheduled to teach online in the Fall term

    Alternative training opportunities:

  • Best Practices

    Best Practices Begin with Course Design

    CELT endorses quality online course design through both Quality Matters(QM) and Open SUNY's Online Course Quality Rubric (OSCQR). Interested in attending a workshop on quality online course design? Contact us at

    Quality Matters is a proprietary rubric and cannot be shared outside of our campus. Stony Brook is a QM subscriber campus and can provide faculty with training on how to use the QM rubric and advice on how to build an online course using QM Best Practices. The Faculty Center's instructional designers utilize QM Best Practices in their course design training and consultations. They are certified QM peer reviewers and trainers. Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to the continuous improvement in online education.

    Similarly, Open SUNY's Online Course Quality Rubric is a research-based review instrument for revising and guiding the design quality of courses in addition to conducting internal peer reviews.

    Want to Know More?

    Instructional Design (Illinois Online Network) An ever-changing collection of articles related to teaching online (including Tip of the Month), basic resources, and spotlight issues.

    Rubric for Online Instruction (Cal State Chico, 2009) This site is designed to illustrate what a high quality online course looks like. It also offers the option to view exemplary courses in which instructors have implemented the rubric.

  • Research and Resources

    Research and Resources

    Many faculty want to explore the research and best practices for online teaching and learning. We've provided a non-exhaustive list of research in this field--and please check back! This is an evolving site and we're always posting something new!

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