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


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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

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