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90% of faculty reported moving their courses online, with 97% of faculty reporting having no prior online teaching experience1


As an academic faculty member or librarian, you face an evolving global educational landscape that impacts your ability to ensure curricular continuity. Our goal is to help you deliver world-class education to learners wherever learning happens. How we think about education has shifted, but our shared commitment to student success will never change. 

Institutions are concerned with the unique nuances of teaching online compared to classroom instruction because online learning requires a different type of pedagogy. Along with our vast selection of digital learning resources, Gale offers online teaching support for higher-education instructors. These resources can be used by faculty members and librarians who are comfortable with technology or by those who need step-by-step guidance.  

The Gale Digital Learning Handbook offers various content formats and curriculum development ideas to create an engaging learning environment for students. Read below to explore quick tips and learn more about the handbook, including practical steps for teaching online and course development activities to make an immediate impact on online learning.


    Organizing your strategy is one of the most important steps for successful online course development. The following five steps can fit into any learning module or topic you are developing. Download our framework resource for a more detailed look at these five steps and to see examples for your own lesson plans. 

    1. Identify Your Learning Objectives and Questions
    2. Determine the Learning Needs of Your Students
    3. Gather Content Around Learning Objectives with Your Content, including Gale Resources
    4. Develop Your Online Teaching Activities
    5. Build Your Online Course Syllabus

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    A virtual course can still be interactive and rich in content. Consider hosting individual or group chats using your learning management systems (LMS) to cultivate effective discussion activities while aligning with learning objectives, content, and lesson plans. Our online teaching resources offer suggestions for keeping learners engaged—with special attention to students' unique needs.

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    No longer do students have the choice to participate in online courses, nor do instructors have the option to not incorporate innovative teaching strategies. Instructors must now transfer their courses to an online modality, whether they are prepared or not.

    The need for educational technology tools that are fully inclusive of the best practices for teaching and learning has never been more pronounced. Therefore, it’s imperative that education technology partners, like Gale, help academics teach easily and effectively:

    • Find trusted online learning resources
    • Integrate scholarly content into instruction
    • Enhance accessibility
    • Bridge the content gap
    • Support project-based learning
    • Provide learning tools for digital literacy
    • And much more!


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    Measurement and evaluation through effective assessment is a crucial component in determining whether students have achieved learning objectives developed for a course. However, every subject area prioritizes assessment strategies in various ways. In this instructional handbook (link to handbook), we have provided open-ended, qualitative forms of assessment through discussion, reflection, and inquiry-based projects, including our products and examples that demonstrate the rigor and complexities that define the subject matter.

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