Best Practices for Online Learning

Let’s start the conversation about the next generation of online learning.

As online learning grows, there is a need for quality and unique learning pedagogy. NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering has been devoted to delivering Online Graduate Programs since 2006. Our knowledge about what works well in online teaching and learning grows rapidly in recent years. As the 1st Annual Conversation about Online Learning approaching, we are sharing short videos highlighting current best practices and showcasing new ideas for online learning. For more information about the event, visit:

Best Practice 1: Webinars and Writing Tablets

Our research and experience suggest that using writing tablets at webinars contribute to a successful teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students.



Best Practice 2: Discussion Board Watch

On the go? Who has the time to keep checking discussion board forums? Consider using the Watch tool in NYU Classes (called a Subscribe tool in other learning management systems). Get instant notifications about discussion board forum activity.



Best Practice 3: Online Groups Tool

Peer-to-peer learning is always important, and even online courses can have group work. Does your learning management system have a Groups tool? Faculty, consider having students creating their own work space for their group. Students, group work is much more productive when you have access to all the LMS tools.


What is your practice? Please share your thoughts in comments and keep tuned in while more videos are coming to share our pioneering Next Practices.

Also, on Thursday, May 8th, 2014, join us at our flagship event: 1st Annual Conversations About Online Learning. To attend the event in-person or online, visit:

Let’s get the conversation started!


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