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Live virtual teaching

All the basics you may not have thought of!

​You’re an instructor wanting to explore the quickly evolving world of synchronous virtual course delivery. You may have some experience with this approach, or this may be a whole new field of opportunity for you. Either way, this course will help you on that journey as you explore current trends and research, best practices, and a wealth of take-aways to apply to your own practice. This self-paced independent study course uses an asynchronous delivery format to talk about synchronous teaching and learning.

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I was new to live virtual teaching in response to the pandemic. All I can say is that I wish I’d had access to this resource months ago. I’ve now got some great ideas to carry forward into my practice. Thanks Peter for a well presented, thought-provoking, and entertaining course.

Carolyn Tucker, University Professor, Economics

Course details

Course number: MOOC-0500
Course title: Maximizing Engagement in Live Virtual Classes
Prerequisites: Teaching Experience. Virtual synchronous experience may be of benefit.
Time commitment: This course can be completed in two hours.
Completion criteria: Completion of reflective activities
Completion award: Digital Badge and Statement of Completion
Registration fee: None


This course will help instructors to use the newest best practices in teaching live virtual classes, with the aim to maximize student engagement, satisfaction, and learning. Instructors who complete this course will examine their assumptions about virtual teaching, and proceed through a series of engaging, self-paced, short video sessions with supplementary documents and exercises. They will finish the course with a new frame through which to consider virtual teaching, an understanding of fundamental best teaching principles, and practical new tactics to apply immediately in their virtual classes.


The course is suited for any instructor who teaches live virtual class and wants to improve student engagement. This includes both new and experienced instructors.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the current state of research in virtual student engagement
  • Develop an understanding of fundamental best teaching practices
  • Use practical new tactics in your course delivery

Delivery details

The course is broken up into three modules. Although it is recommended that you follow the lessons in consecutive order to maximize the learning, it is not a requirement.

To register

Once registered

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