Online Learning Responsibilities

Generally, student and faculty responsibilities in an online or blended course parallel those encountered in the traditional classroom with some variations given the nature of the course environment. Whether you are the student or the instructor, following these responsibilities will help make you more successful.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Faculty who teach distance education courses at DLI should first obtain a Certification for Online Teaching through the DLI staff. This course is designed to teach faculty best practices in online teaching and pedagogy as well as how to use various functions in Blackboard.
  • At the start of the course, Faculty will orient students to their online course environment and identify the layout of the course within the Blackboard LMS, learning objectives, expectations, and outcomes.
  • Efficient and effective and timely communication is imperative. Faculty must provide frequent assessments and feedback to students. They must also identify when and how students will interact with and contact the instructor.
  • The instructor must develop or adopt appropriate materials, assessments, class exercises, and any other helpful resources that will assist in developing a supportive learning community.
  • Considering that instruction will be done in an asynchronous format, faculty must provide clear criteria for course participation. Faculty should intervene in student discussions to keep dialogues from stalling or derailing.
  • Faculty are responsible for applying pedagogical practices that are effective in verifying student identity. Possible methods used include: Virtual class meetings using video display; Reviewing student writing samples from written assignments; Routine interaction with the student (through email, phone, and video); Group assignments; etc.
  • Faculty are responsible for noticing changes in student behavior and coursework such as sudden shifts in academic performance, writing styles, or behaving differently in group assignments.
  • Faculty are responsible for including any hardware and software requirements in their course syllabus and materials.

Faculty Resource Kit

The Faculty Resource Kit offers a condensed information on the essentials of designing and creating online courses.  In this kit, you can download templates necessary in course preparation and development.  Additional Resources are likewise provided to guide you in constructing high-quality online courses.


The University of Miami is fully committed to developing and creating high-quality and superb courses that are accessible to all students.  A variety of services and systems are in place to allow students equal access to course materials and tools, regardless of physical or developmental impairment. 

The Accessibility Quick Guide is a useful resource and offers a comprehensive information in creating accessible course materials and content at the onset of instructional design and course development.  Accessible digital learning materials are the building block of a high-quality course.  A brief informational video on Digital Accessibility is likewise provided to further guide faculty members in creating and providing accessible content to their students.