Online & Blended Teaching

Designing and delivering an Online or Hybrid course takes considerable planning and effort. The Faculty Center staff would like to help you get started. We provide custom consultations, workshops, and resources to assist any SSU instructor, whether you are experienced teaching in an online/hybrid modality or you simply wish to explore options to enhance your face-to-face courses with online resources and engaging learning activities.

NEW! Online & Blended Teaching Institute

The SSU Faculty Center is offering a 2-day, intensive, hands-on training institute for online and blended instruction. The event will be held Tue 1/17 and Wed 1/18 from approximately 9am-5pm both days in the Schulz Library (2nd Floor Teaching Center). Participants in this program will receive $500 to attend the event, and both morning refreshments and lunch will be provided both days. Participants will receive training in the CSU Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) framework as well, breakout sessions covering case studies from peers on their use of various instructional technologies, and dedicated time with Faculty Center staff to answer questions and start the redesign process. If you have any questions not addressed in this description, please email Dr. Justin Lipp, Faculty Center Director (

Information Flyer & Program Schedule

Institute 2017 Handouts and Presentation Files

Consultations & Workshops

Please review our workshop list or contact the Faculty Center front desk at 707-664-2659 or to make an appointment.

Sonoma state defines the following course modalities in the SSU’s Online and/or Hybrid Instruction Policy:

  • Online Course - A course where most or all of the content is delivered online. Typically has no face-to-face meetings.
  • Hybrid Course (Blended) - A course that blends online and face-to-face delivery. Substantial proportion of the content is delivered online, typically uses online discussions, and typically has a reduced number of face-to-face meetings.
  • Web-Facilitated Course - A course that uses web-based technology to facilitate what is essentially a face-to-face course. May use a course management system or web pages to post the syllabus and assignments. This is not considered online or hybrid format.

Review the campus policy, the CSU Online Teaching Best Practices Rubric, QuARRy faculty examples, and Universal Design/Accessibility considerations. We are committed to supporting instructional design and facilitation that promotes student engagement and success.

Moodle, SSU’s learning platform, is available to all faculty teaching SSU courses, regardless if the course is taught face-to-face or fully online. Several Moodle courses/sections may be merged (metacourse) into a single course. Additionally content may be copied from semester to semester. Students are automatically enrolled in Moodle.

Faculty provide students with flexible ways of learning when they use Moodle to:

  • Share accessible syllabi, lecture recordings, affordable learning materials, library resources, and online multimedia.
  • Engage students with collaborative learning activities including forums, glossaries, assignments and Zoom web conferencing session.
  • Assess student learning and provide them timely feedback with interactive quizzes, annotated comments, peer-review activities, integrated rubrics, academic integrity checks with Turnitin, and an online gradebook.
  • Communicate with the class and individual students with Moodle mail, forums, chat, and web conferencing (Zoom web conferencing).
  • Collect student work with Moodle activities such as assignments, forums, and Turnitin.
  • Web conference to meet your entire class online or invite remote guest speakers into your class with Zoom web conferencing. Zoom includes webcam, voice, chat, screen-share for PowerPoint and other applications, and chat.

The following tools are provided by the campus to facilitate collaboration and engagement with your students online with each of the following activities.

  • Google Apps:
    • Sheets
    • Docs
    • Slides
    • Forms
    • Sites
    • YouTube
    • Drive
  • Moodle:
    • Wiki
    • Glossary
    • Workshops with peer review
    • Forums
    • Turnitin PeerMark
  • Zoom
    • WebCam Video Discussions
    • Chat
    • Screen-Sharing
    • Simple Polls
    • Screen Annotation
    • Break-out sessions
    • Online student debates
    • Online group study and projects
  • Moodle
    • Quizzes (Multiple Choice, T/F, Matching, Essay, Short Answer, and more)
    • Assignments (rubric grading available)
    • Choice
    • Moodle Gradebook
    • Workshop with Peer Review
    • Questionnaire
  • Qualtrics Survey System
  • Turnitin (Academic Integrity Check, Grademark, PeerMark, Rubrics)

Below are some excellent training opportunities and resources to learn more about designing and facilitating online courses.