A Free Stanford Course on How to Teach Online: Watch the Lectures Online

Ear­li­er this month, Stan­ford’s Online High School offered (in part­ner­ship with Stan­ford Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies) a free, five-day course “Teach Your Class Online: The Essen­tials.” With many schools start­ing the next aca­d­e­m­ic year online, this course found a large audi­ence. 7,000 teach­ers signed up. Aimed at mid­dle and high school teach­ers, the course cov­ered “gen­er­al guide­lines for adapt­ing your course to an online for­mat, best prac­tices for var­ied sit­u­a­tions, com­mon pit­falls in online course design, and how to trou­bleshoot stu­dent issues online.”

The videos from “Teach Your Class Online: The Essen­tials” are all now avail­able online. You can watch them in sequen­tial order, mov­ing from top to bot­tom, here. Or watch them on this Stan­ford host­ed page. Day 1 (above) pro­vides a gen­er­al intro­duc­tion to teach­ing online. See top­ics cov­ered in Days 2–5 below.

Please feel free to share these videos with any teach­ers. And if any­one watch­es these lec­tures and takes good class notes (ones oth­er teach­ers can use), please let us know. We would be hap­py to help share them with oth­er teach­ers.

Final­ly, just to give you a lit­tle back­ground, Stan­ford’s Online High School has oper­at­ed as a ful­ly-online, inde­pen­dent, accred­it­ed high school since 2006. Stan­ford Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies pro­vides open enroll­ment cours­es to adults world­wide. All of its cours­es are cur­rent­ly online. For any­one inter­est­ed, Cours­era also offers a spe­cial­iza­tion (a series of five cours­es) on online learn­ing called the Vir­tu­al Teacher. It can be explored here.


Day 2

  • Get­ting Spe­cif­ic: Sit­u­a­tions and Tools
  • Sci­ence: Labs in Online Ped­a­gogy


Day 3

  • Online Class­room Exam­ple Clips
  • Build­ing and Main­tain­ing a Class­room


Day 4

  • Review of Sub­mit­ted Sam­ple Les­son Drafts
  • Trou­bleshoot­ing Obsta­cles to Suc­cess in the Online Envi­ron­ment


Day 5

  • Math: Using Writ­ing Tablets and White­boards
  • Mod­ern Lan­guages: Tips for High­ly Inter­ac­tive Class Dur­ing Which Stu­dents Active­ly Speak and Write in the Tar­get Lan­guage
  • Human­i­ties: Pro­duc­tive Class­room Con­ver­sa­tions About Chal­leng­ing Sub­jects
  • Clos­ing Thoughts


Relat­ed Con­tent:

1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

How Schools Can Start Teach­ing Online in a Short Peri­od of Time: Free Tuto­ri­als from the Stan­ford Online High School

“I Will Sur­vive,” the Coro­n­avirus Ver­sion for Teach­ers Going Online

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  • Lanie P. Plaza says:

    Inter­est­ed wants more strate­gies and tech­niques on how teach­ing online

  • farah qaiyum says:

    Need ideas for PE class­es online please

  • Heba Abass says:

    I’d like to join teach­ing online course .

  • William T.N. Dormue says:

    Thanks to the Admin­is­tra­tion Atlantic Inter­na­tion­al Uni­ver­si­ty for the help they con­tin­ue to pro­vide for peo­ple around the world may God blessed the AIU

  • William stephen Ayul says:

    how will i get my cer­tifi­cate since am in Africa spe­cial­ly in south Sudan in which i can­not have access to dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tion

  • Folasade Haastrup says:

    I would be glad to join this class as I look for­ward learn­ing about online teach­ing. I would be con­sis­tent and punc­tu­al in class.

  • Folasade Haastrup says:

    I look for­ward learn­ing from this class.

  • Folasade Haastrup says:

    Online teach­ing is what I have been won­der­ing how it’s done. It would be an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn from this class

  • Folasade Haastrup says:

    Being a com­pe­tent teacher and a lucra­tive one is what is one of the rea­sons why I would love to join this course.

  • Folasade Haastrup says:

    In this 21 cen­tu­ry, teach­ing in class and pass­ing knowl­edge has gone beyond chalk and board. Also, sit­u­a­tion of the whole world being in the pan­dem­ic has lim­it­ed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to teach one on one, so, there’s is a need to learn a new plat­form to pass knowledge,since phys­i­cal meet­ing is lim­it­ed. Hence, a need for a good teacher to keep in touch with her stu­dents on a world stan­dard way of reach­ing them, there is a need to learn how to teach online, to reach these stu­dents.

  • Folasade Haastrup says:

    For the con­ve­nience of both teacher and the stu­dents, there is need for a teacher to learn how to teach the stu­dents in this com­fort of what­ev­er they choose and also her own com­fort and still teach apt­ly.

  • Folasade Haastrup says:

    I look for­ward learn­ing from this class!

  • Samal says:

    I want to take this course

  • Brenda Revayi Bere says:

    I want to take this course to improve my biol­o­gy lessons

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