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Telework: Teaching Online

Resources and tips for Renton Technical College employees engaged in teleworking during the current coronavirus situation.

RTC Resources for Online Teaching

RTC eLearning website:  prepared by eLearning director Liz Falconer, a gateway to "How to get started" with eLearning for RTC faculty and students. 

Resources for instructors

For information and support, contact the eLearning team at

Help with E-Learning Technologies

The RTC College Technology Services (CTS) offers information on the following technologies.  If you need to contact them directly, you can do so at, or call 425-235-2500.

  • Canvas
  • Web Sites
  • Zoom

Helpful tips from Zoom support website

A few features you may find helpful

More Tips for using Zoom

RTC Library Resources for Online Teaching

Doing research
RTC Library home page: both students and faculty can access databases including streaming videos, ebooks, journal articles, and LibGuides for  many research and instruction topics. Librarians will work with you to find resources for your curricular needs.

  • OneSearch: "Google for the library". With a single search you can find books (eBooks or paper books), DVDs, articles from some of the online databases that the library pays for, free web resources. Tips for using OneSearch
  • Remote access to RTC online databases: enter your RTC email username and password
  • LibGuide “Media Mania”: a LibGuide to support online course for instructors prepared by Liz Falconer. A platform of rich resources for online curriculum design; including web tools, OERs, graphic design, audio/video, apps, and websites/whiteboards.

Tips on Teaching Online

Online Education  (Faculty Focus) contains a wide variety of articles focusing on improving online teaching, including promoting student autonomy in student discussions, promoting an online community, creating a successful online classroom, effective design, assessment, and more.

How to Be a Better Online Teacher (Chronicle of Higher Education)  - from the author "Which brings me to the purpose of this guide. What you will find here is advice on how to make your online pedagogy as effective and satisfying as the in-person version, including: 10 essential principles and practices of better online teaching ,Common misperceptions, and How to find help.

How to Reconnect With Students and Strengthen Your Remote Course (Chronicle of Higher Education) - two instructors offer ideas on "how to structure a supportive learning environment, and how that might apply to an emergency situation such as this, where many students struggle to stay focused, or find it difficult to learn with unfamiliar systems and technologies."

Take My Advice (Inside Higher Ed) - Seventeen instructors offer guidance for colleagues teaching an online course for the first time (and for those seeking a few new ideas).

10 Tips for Success from New Online Teachers (Rochester Institute of Technology) -  RIT’s Teaching and Learning Services hosted a series of workshops for faculty new to developing online courses. After each faculty member taught their newly designed course for the first time, we asked them to write a reflection on how the course went and how they would improve the course before the next offering. With their permission, we’ve taken those reflections and distilled from them 10 tips for improving an online course.


If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this move from face-to-face (f2) classes to online/live video classes, you are not alone.

Garth Neufeld (formerly at Highline, now at Cascadia), Eric Landrum (Boise State), and Marianne Lloyd (Seton Hall) have a podcast called PsychSessions where they talk to psychology faculty about teaching psychology.   See the list of podcasts they have created.

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