Teaching Online

Online course tour for faculty

Faculty members at our University engage students in enriching learning experiences. Through personalized attention and dedication to quality, faculty provide the opportunities for our students to develop the skills, knowledge, and perspectives that will allow them to succeed.

Instructor's time online

Prepare a weekly calendar to make the best use of your time online.

  • During the first week of class, it is important to log-on every day. Students are most likely to need assistance during this time. Technical problems should be referred to the Help Desk or (702) 895-0777.
  • Students pay attention to your online presence and absence. Successful instructors engage students frequently through interactions and activities.
  • Establish a routine. Successful instructors address students' needs in a timely manner.

Intervene Early

The level of a student's online activity is predictive of a student's course grade and success in achieving learning objectives. Research shows that instructor engagement is a primary factor in student success. During the first few weeks of class:

  • Check student activity by viewing the Student Tracking report (available under theTeach tab/Tracking tab).
  • Contact inactive. When students, who are not participating are contacted by concerned instructors, they are more likely to complete the course.
  • You can refer your students to the Academic Success Center (ASC).
    Students can contact the ASC at 702-895-3177 or asc@unlv.edu.

Discussion Board

Research shows discussion boards are effective tools for increasing student involvement.

  • Significant academic discourse encourages reflection. The assignment of one discussion topic per week, in a 16-week course, is recommended.
  • It is important that instructors consistently monitor discussions for content and participation.
  • If a student or group does not understand a concept and/or requires guidance, private intervention is best.
  • Providing a summary of each discussion is recommended for clarification of ideas and concepts.


There are two forms of assessment: authentic (projects, scenarios, case studies) and objective (exams, tests, quizzes). 

  • The Assignment and Test tools are often used for assessments.
  • Grading rubrics are created and used by instructors to assign points to assignments. They save time that can be used to interact with students.
  • Students expect to view their grades at the time specified by the instructor. Changes in schedule, assignments or syllabus should be posted promptly. 
  • Instructors should meet with their OE team to learn about test and quiz options, including randomization, feedback and scoring.
  • For proctoring services for online assessments, ProctorU provides secure proctoring online.
  • TurnItIn is available in Webcampus as an anti-plagiarism tool.