SOLES Remote Teaching Resources

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Now more than ever, educators need resources and advice to create and deliver effective online learning. SOLES is proud to share its faculty expertise and resources with the USD community. We have been the leader of distance education at USD since 2013 with the launch of the university’s first online program, the Master in Education. SOLES is home to The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education, which offers among other things, professional learning for online education. Additionally, Dr. Joseph Lathan, Professor of Practice and Director of Online Programs for Learning and Teaching provides ongoing support for developing your remote teaching skills. Dr. Lathan has almost two decades of experience as an online education administrator with expertise in online learning pedagogy and online teaching and learning best practices.   

Below you will find information to help you navigate remote teaching and learning including our in-house webinars, resources, recommended publications, and technology tools.

Featured Resources

Featured Articles 

Building Self-Efficacy: How to Feel Confident in Your Online Teaching 

Whether you are teaching fully online, using a hybrid model, or are back to in-person teaching, everyone has had to make changes to the way they teach. This article by MAGNA focuses on building your self-efficacy so that you feel confident and connected to your students. 



Encouraging Student Engagement During Synchronous Meetings: Preventing Midterm Drop-Off 

Some students become busy, overwhelmed, or unmotivated by the middle of the semester. This MAGNA Faculty Focus article provides six strategies to encourage accountability and build in motivation from the start of the semester so the momentum continues until the end.



How to Make Your Virtual Discussions Engaging, Effective, and Equitable in Eight Steps

As we begin one of the most unusual semesters in the history of higher education, with institutions implementing a combination of remote, hybrid, and in-person instruction, it’s urgent to consider how we can facilitate meaningful discussions in virtual environments. This article discusses ways to reduce silence and uncertainty while bolstering engagement and equity, particularly in virtual discussions. 



Featured Videos 

MAGNA 20-Minute Mentor Videos (Online Teaching Best Practices)

These are available now for viewing. In order to access, you will need to create an account with MAGNA Publications (if you have not already done so. Follow these instructions to set up your account. 

How Can I Make My Video Lectures Effective and Engaging?

This 20-minute video provides guidance for designing and delivering engaging video lectures that are effective in the unique context of the online classroom.  You’ll receive guidance and direction necessary to create video lectures that are intentionally designed to capitalize on the ways that students learn online.

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How Can I Help Students Who Are Struggling with Online Learning?

For online teachers who are struggling with students who are not succeeding in online courses and need support, this 20-Minute Mentor details an array of easy-to-use strategies that will have a big impact on student success.

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How Can I Optimize Announcements to Help Online Students Navigate My Class?

For online instructors or teachers who want to maximize learning without significantly adding to instructor workload, this 20-Minute Mentor details how comprehensive communication, grounded in pedagogy, can enhance learning even through simple tools such as course announcements.

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How Do I Infuse Equity into Any Online Class?

What does equity look like in the online classroom? This session will explore what it means to teach equitably and identifies five equitable practices that you can incorporate into your online courses.  

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USD Online Learning Blog Posts 

What is Educational Technology? [Definition, Examples & Impact
Technology is continually changing the way we work and play, create and communicate. So it's only natural that advancements in digital technology are also creating game-changing opportunities in the the world of education. 

10 Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom

You’ve probably heard a lot about the game-changing potential of using educational technology to enhance student learning — but what are some specific examples of how teachers are utilizing new types of technology in the classroom?

Remote Teaching Resources for Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

Replacing face-to-face classroom interaction with online technology is unfamiliar territory for most educators. Fortunately, the education community has mobilized to share ideas, strategies and resources on remote teaching, online learning and more.


USD Webinars

Online Learning: 10 Best Practices for Educators

Online learning has become the norm in the wake of COVID-19, but many teachers are still grappling with how to best leverage this medium to create a positive learning environment and maximize student learning. To help educators make the most of their online learning platforms, the University of San Diego Master’s of Education Program Director, Dr. Joseph Lathan, recently was a keynote speaker for the US. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). In this webinar, Dr. Lathan discusses his Top 10 Online Teaching Best Practices:

Top 10 Online Teaching Strategies

Dr. Lisa Dawley, Executive Director of The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education at the University of San Diego, shares her Top 10 Online Teaching Strategies.

Online Design Toolkit: CARP Graphic Design Principles

Dr. Lisa Dawley, Executive Director at The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education, discusses the CARP visual design principles, copyright-free resources, and content design tools.



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