American Sociological Association

Teaching Online

With the growing availability and demand of online learning, faculty need to ensure they deliver student learning outcomes that are undifferentiated from the face to face classroom. The resources below are meant to assist faculty in creating quality and creative online courses and assignments.

Transitioning to Online Teaching in the Face of COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, colleges and universities across the country are transitioning to distance learning. Many instructors have been asked to move their face-to-face courses online in a short amount of time, often with little guidance for this process. This panel will discuss strategies for managing the transition and facilitating students' continued learning in the online environment.

Melinda Messineo, professor of sociology at Ball State University. ASA Taskforce on Liberal Learning, Subcommittee on Online Learning
Kimberly Alecia Singletary, Instructional Designer, Educational Consultant.
Matt Rafalow, Social Scientist at Google. Author of forthcoming book on EdTech and inequality.

Task Force Report
The Sociology Major in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education:
Curriculum, Careers, and Online Learning
cover of task force report

This volume, which is the final report of the ASA Task Force on Liberal Learning, includes 12 recommendations for the undergraduate major and three strategy sections to guide departments in implementing the recommendations. Bound copies are available for sale in the online bookstore.


Quality Matters 

This site provides an overview of this frequently used online assessment resource. The creators describe their resource as based on best practice- based quality standards and appropriate evaluation tools and procedures.


Academic Advancement Network of Michigan State University

A comprehensive resource of value to both novice and expert online faculty. Note that this resource connects users to many other valuable online resources for all teaching modalities.


Center for Applied Special Technology

This comprehensive site describes the principles of universal design in learning and helps faculty apply this information to an online context.


 TRAILS Online Teaching and Learning Collection

TRAILS is a digital database of peer-reviewed teaching resources. All ASA members have access to TRAILS.  This TRAILS collection holds a variety of resources that are designed for, or easily adaptable to, online teaching.


Additional Resources for Online Teaching and Learning (PDF)

A list of images, blogs, websites and social media outlets that are useful for faculty teaching online courses.  The original list was developed by the Online Subcommittee of the ASA Task Force on Liberal Learning.  

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