What is Preparing to Teach Online?

Preparing to Teach Online is an online, asynchronous instructor-led course that takes fifteen weeks to complete. The course proceeds according to a course schedule and covers the regulations that govern distance education at TCU, online course design best practices, and strategies for successful online teaching and student engagement. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion. Successful completion of preparing to Teach Online is one of the TCU requirements to teach online.

What are the benefits?

During the fifteen-week online course, participants learn how to prepare for online instruction, develop course-level student learning outcomes, create engaging activities, build assessment rubrics, design accessible course content, and learn best practices for communicating with online students. Many of these strategies can also be applied to face-to-face instruction at TCU, thereby strengthening an instructor’s overall teaching toolkit. Instructors will develop their skills by beginning to build a fully online course in TCU’s Learning Management System and by creating a syllabus for a future fully online course.

Course Overview

During the Course

Participants will work in a TCU Online course, completing weekly learning activities and will also begin developing their accessible online course. As part of the coursework, participants will develop a syllabus for their online course.

Participants should dedicate three hours a week to this course. See below for an outline of the course content:

  • Module 1: Learning in Context
  • Module 2: SACS, SARA, and TCU Standards
  • Module 3: Backwards Design & the Role of the Online Instructor
  • Module 4: Learning Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • Module 5: Assessing Student Learning
  • Module 6: Accessibility in Online Courses
  • Module 7: Engaging Learners
  • Module 8: Instructing Your Online Course
  • Module 9: Course Assessment
  • Module 10: Developing Your Course in TCU Online

After the Course

All participants who complete Preparing to Teach Online will receive a certificate of completion.

This online course is one of the TCU requirements to teach fully online (TCU Online Boot Camp is the other requirement).


Who can Register

Any TCU instructor, staff, graduate student, or post-doc can register for the Preparing to Teach Online. This is a free professional development opportunity the Koehler Center provides to the TCU community.

How to Register

Registration for Preparing to Teach Online is on our Events page. You can also call the Koehler Center at 817-257-7434.