Online Learning Resources

General Resources

These resources include training opportunities, design inspiration, and potential course items.

Through Northwestern’s university-wide membership, faculty can access’s full library of video guides, which include guides on Canvas and Google Apps. Learn more about NU’s partnership through Workplace Learning.


Best in Show

A collaborative effort between University of Wisconsin, UC-Irvine, and University of Washington, the Best in Show site has collected numerous tips, strategies, and resources for online faculty.

John A. Dutton e-Education Institute Faculty Development

Penn State has collected a number of resources for their online programs in this faculty development site, including their best practices and tips for managing an online course.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available and openly licensed resources for educators and students to use. These include documents and media that are in the public domain or that are open source.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is both a form of copyright license that allows for freer use of materials and a search engine that can find images, music, videos, and more, all available for use with attribution in online courses.

Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN)

OPEN is a network established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Association to help educators find OER for use in their classes. Their resources page contains numerous search engines and websites that offer freely available educational materials.

Professional Development

There are several professional organizations dedicated to supporting faculty, staff, and students involved in distance learning and online education. These organizations offer frequent conferences, workshops, and webinars.

Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

The OLC, formally Sloan-C, focuses on increasing the quality of online education by offering professional development, guidance and instruction, and best practices to educators and administrators in online learning. SPS DL is offering support for faculty who may be interested in participating in workshops offered by the OLC. The available workshops cover a wide variety of topics, including student engagement, online presentation tools, digital storytelling, group work facilitation and more. If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail with your name, contact information (phone and e-mail), and the title and date of the workshop you would like to attend to


EDUCAUSE is a non-profit that emphasizes the importance of technology in education, both online and in-person. They have numerous resources for educators on how to improve the use of technology in any classroom.