Handbook for Building and Teaching Online Courses
Last Update: June 20, 20202
This handbook is still in draft form and many chapters are unfinished or in a “notes state”. Chapters, sections, and practices are filled in as need arises.
This book summarizes my experiences building and teaching online courses at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences. I wrote this handbook for faculty new to teaching online and new to building courses for online delivery. The writing of this handbook was accelerated when the COVID-19 pandemic forced all classes to go into an online or remote instruction mode. It is my sincere hope that it will be of value to my colleagues in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences in particular, the faculty at Northeastern University in general, and perhaps also the community of teachers at large.
Naturally, the practices laid out in this handbook are not all of my own invention; many I have borrowed from colleagues or adapted from the numerous CATLR events, conversations at SIGITE and SIGCSE, and the multitude of insightful books and blogs I have read over the years. I welcome your comments and feedback. If there are practices that you have successfully used, please share them with me. If techniques, tools, or practices I suggest in this handbook have led to issues when you implemented them, let me know that too.