Teaching Online

Online Course Development Process and Deadlines

If you are using MUOnLine for the first time, creating a new course site for an online or face-to-face course, or simply interested in what it might take to start teaching with online resources, we provide several online and in-person resources and services to assist you.

MUOnLine Design Center (CB 211) and South Charleston room 321

The MUOnLine Design Centers on both campuses have a team of student instructional designers ready and eager to help faculty with their online, course supplement, and multimedia needs. If you have a course site, a multimedia project idea, or any other website development work you would like help with, come talk with us.

Design and Teaching Strategies

Basic Development Standards
These standards provide a quick way for you to ensure that your course meets the basic requirements for online delivery.

Quality Matters
Sloan Consortium Effective Practices in Online Education

Sample Syllabus
View and print a generic, online course syllabus


Remember that your course must be ADA compliant. MUOnLine has taken steps to implement Section 508 guidelines (29 U.S.C. 794d).

Resources to Enhance Your Course

Course Content

Carnegie Mellon
McGraw Hill Higher Education

Video | Audio | Images

NY Public Library Digital Gallery: prints, maps, posters, etc.

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program

ArtStor: (off-campus login) a collection of hundreds of thousands of images owned by Marshall University and available for use in your online courses

Plagiarism/Cheating Deterrents

Deterrents to quiz/exam copying

Rethink your testing strategy. Approach quizzes/exams as “open book,” or base the major part of the final grade on other criteria such as written assignments or projects.

  • Release questions one at a time without the ability to revisit a question.
  • Set a time limit on the quiz/exam.
  • Use the “question set” feature to deliver random questions from the database so that at least the order is different for each student.
  • Increase your question database and use the “question set” feature to randomize your quizzes so the odds that even printing will not lead to cheating because each student will get a different set of questions, not just a different order.
  • Use approved proctors (requires that students obtain a proctor and submit his/her application to the academic division in advance for approval; contact the MUOnLine Office for a sample form).
  • Use remote proctoring software or equipment (fees associated with remote proctoring services are passed on to the student):

Proctoring Services For Online-Only Exams

Use SafeAssign and Respondus
Marshall University subscribes to this service which reviews your students’ papers for “textual matches” with Internet materials and thousands of student papers in its database, and returns an “originality report” to instructors.

When using these services, please inform students that by submitting their assignments, they are granting permission to the university to submit them to SafeAssign or Turnitin to ensure originality of their work. Make them aware that a copy of their papers/submissions will remain within the SafeAssign/Turnitin database and will become part of the body of work that student submissions will be compared to in the future.

Copyright Basics

All content in your online courses is subject to U.S. copyright law (Title 17, US Code). Please note that the fact that online courses are password-protected does not make the unauthorized use of copyright text, images, etc. legally acceptable. Recent court cases have required that faculty obtain permissions for a variety of materials that were commonly added to online courses under Fair Use. The IT staff can assist you in making good judgements about what to use, how much, and if/when an alternative resource should be used instead.
For more information about copyright see the university copyright site.

Article Link Generator

Article Link Generator
Enter the Permanent URLs of articles found in the Marshall University Libraries’ article databases and create direct links in MUOnLine.

Intellectual Property Issues


Marshall University MUBOG IT-5 Policy
When you create online courses, multimedia, or other materials for distance learning, some issues you should consider are: who owns the work, who has the right to make what use of it in the future, what resources will Marshall University provide to you for the work, who has the right to make or be responsible for updates, if your work has commercial potential, who should take the lead in marketing and licensing it and how should the profits be shared.

Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus

The Electronic Campus is a consortium of 16 southeastern states, including West Virginia, which offer thousands of online courses. Marshall University online courses that have been approved for inclusion in the SREC can be taken by students at the SREC institutions.  The Electronic Campus also publishes a set of Principles of Good Practice and requires Quality Matters endorsement for each course prior to inclusion in the Electronic Campus online catalog.

Campus Resources

Center for Teaching & Learning
The Center for Teaching & Learning helps faculty enhance the nature and quality of the educational experience of all Marshall students through instructional and career development opportunities. Also find information regarding the Pedagogy of Teaching and Learning Online (PTLO): a two-part training program that provides faculty with online teaching certification if/when this endorsement becomes a requirement at Marshall. The CTL also includes faculty training programs for new faculty, Research Boot Camp, Critical Thinking, First Year Seminar, Assessment & Program Review, Service Learning, and Writing Across the Curriculum.

Disabled Students Services
For accessibility issues and concerns please contact the Disabled Students Services office.

Off-Campus Library Services
The Marshall University Libraries provide extensive services for students who are distance learners or have nontraditional library needs.

Recommended Reading

147 Practical Tips For Teaching Online Groups: Essentials of Web-Based Education
by Donald E. Hanna, et al.
Atwood Publishing; ISBN: 189185934X
Delivering Learning on the Net: The Why, What & Wow of Online Education
by Martin Weller
Kogan Page Ltd; ISBN: 0749436751

E-Moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online (Open and Distance Learning Series)
by Gilly Salmon
Kogan Page Ltd; ISBN: 0749431105