Preparing to Teach Online at UH Module

Aloha and welcome to the Preparing to Teach Online (PTTO) at UH module! Are you just starting to explore online teaching for the first time? Or are you a seasoned online instructor looking for some extra support with your online courses?

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In 2020, this introductory, self-paced module was designed to assist faculty and staff across the UH system in reviewing a wide range of topics and concepts related to online learning presented in an interactive and engaging online learning environment. Topics such as engaging tools, best practices, distance learning regulations, and policies are covered in this module. Supplemental synchronous sessions are offered for additional guidance and by the end of the module, faculty will have created a course map draft that is submitted for feedback from instructional designers. We look forward to your participation!

Note: Our UHOIC instructional designers are mainly focused on the UH Online Professional Development Program: Reimagining Online Learning during May – July. Therefore, any assignment reviews or consulting may potentially be delayed during this time period.


  • Digital Certificate (upon module completion)

  • Course Map draft that can be leveraged for online courses

  • Personalized instructional design support (if requested)

  • Aʻo aku, aʻo mai (to teach, to learn) with other module participants in weekly synchronous sessions

Module Overview

This module would be beneficial for UH faculty or staff:

  • interested in teaching or improving their online courses.
  • teaching UH Online Accelerated (5-week) courses.
  • interested in the research and best practices of online teaching and learning.

*Estimated time: This self-paced module is estimated to take a minimum of 5-10 hours to complete. If participants choose to focus more on certain content areas or assignments or choose to attend the supplemental synchronous sessions, it may take longer.

Module Objectives

  1. Review key concepts of online teaching and learning.
  2. Collectively examine best practices and tips for online course design, development, and teaching.
  3. Examine various tools and/or resources that can be integrated into online courses.
  4. Review Federal regulations and UH policies and procedures as it relates to online teaching and learning.
  5. Create the first draft of a Course Map to be utilized in online course design and development.

Module Units

  1. Online Teaching and Learning
  2. Online Course Design and Development
  3. Online Learning Need-to-Knows
  4. Tools and Resources for Online Learning
  5. Bringing It All Together
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Note: The Preparing to Teach Online at UH (PTTO) module is hosted through a solution called SCORM Cloud, which allows for content progress saving. Please note that content completion, as it is displayed in the module, does not equate to completion of the module. Module completion is evidenced by the completion of assignments, which may include utilizing third-party tools (be sure to read through the terms of service).

As a new instructor, this should be a mandatory course for all new instructors. This has so much wealth of information that I could have certainly benefited from the beginning.



This is a great place to start for someone who has never taught online before OR for someone who has taught online, but needs help in finding ways to make their online course better.



I would recommend this module to others because it was very helpful. I learned a lot about teaching online and how to improve the ways I teach and interact with my students (and how I can better encourage them to interact with each other).



Thank you so much for designing such a wonderful training program. This is one the best PD programs I have ever attended in the past 10 years of teaching in the UH system. It is very informative and yet straightforward. Appreciated it!



‘A‘ohe ‘ulu e loa‘a i ka pōkole o ka lou. No breadfruit can be reached when the picking stick is too short. There is no success without preparation. (Pukui, #213)

How Do I Sign Up for the PTTO Module?

Register for the Preparing to Teach Online at UH module by selecting the button below. You will need to be logged in with your Google@UH account.

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PTTO Supplemental Sync Sessions

For those interested in the Preparing to Teach Online (PTTO) at UH module and would like a more guided approach, the PTTO Sync Sessions may be for you. These sessions provide a synchronous pathway to help faculty and staff complete the module. They augment the online unit modules with webinars, discussions, Q&As, and testimonials to help guide you towards completing the module’s activities and receiving a certificate of completion.

*Note: Sessions will be 1 hour (30 minutes structured content, 30 minutes open forum/hands-on support) on Fridays during spring semesters only (except on holidays). Don’t forget to register for the PTTO module before signing up for these sync sessions.

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Past PTTO Sync Sessions

Technical Requirements/Course Technologies

The Preparing to Teach Online at UH module is hosted through SCORM Cloud and will be delivered through Articulate Rise (an online authoring program). Please review the technical requirements for the module and the course technologies used below.

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs were created for faculty or staff interested in the Preparing to Teach Online at UH module. Please note that this is a working document and the content continues to be updated based upon questions that are submitted.

Contact the UHOIC staff by emailing or call (808) 956-2719 for additional questions or support.