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About the Course

Welcome to Foundations of Virtual Instruction! This course will help you 'up' your game and develop the advanced skills and techniques that elude even some of the most experienced virtual teachers in the K-12 space. Examine pitfalls and learn how to overcome them by focusing on the fundamentals that have the most significant impact on student learning in a blended or online environment. When you complete this course, you will be able to: • Craft virtual learning experiences that align with your student's needs. • Set up a learning environment to get to know your students, and they get to know each other. • Use a variety of online tools to provide feedback and personalize the learning experience. • Identify at-risk students and employ effective strategies for teaching them. • Compare and contrast online and face-to-face learning communities. • Apply strategies to make virtual courses more human....

Top reviews

Nov 18, 2020

I am very thankful to all the creators and developers of this course, It really gave me the opportunity to understand the terminologies, legalities and a lot more,\n\nOnce again Thank you very much!!

Oct 25, 2020

The readings are interconnected throughout the lessons, making it easy for me to understand the lesson completely. More interactive materials aside from discussion prompts are recommended.

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By Amarnath B

May 30, 2020

The course addressed the fundamentals of Virtual Instruction in a very excellent manner. It helped me to get a clear idea about the various types of LMS/ VLE tools that we can employ for delivering our lectures more efficiently which could benefit the learning of our students more effectively.

By Niaz H

Jul 25, 2020

Foundation of virtual instruction is one of wonderful course ,it helped me a lot in understanding and teaching on line ,I would recommend all the teachers must join coursera and its courses it will improve quality of your on line teaching. Thankkkkk youuuuu corsera team and teachers.

By Alle P

Apr 11, 2018

This course has good information and direction for learning about basics of being an online instructor. Its good to consider the history of initial development and possibilities of the future growth in the field. Much appreciated and useful course material.

By Deleted A

Jun 12, 2016

This is an excellent introduction to Virtual Instruction. There is a "goldmine" of additional resources that provide addition insights and learning if you take advantage of them. Great Learning Tips for various online tools.

By Julie M

Sep 13, 2018

I'd been teaching online for twenty years (you could call me an early adopter) and I still gained a range of methods and resources from this course. The instructor, I would say, is a master teacher in this modality.

By Carlos L H

Jan 19, 2018

Excepcional, debido a que toda la secuencia de la aplicación y el desarrollo de la educación virtual, impregna los profesores y estudiantes en un universo de excitación y deseo de aprender. Gracias

By Ellen M

Aug 10, 2020

My first online experience went fairly well.

I enjoyed visiting all the links/websites that were previously unknown to me and yet useful to teaching online in the future.

Thank you.

By Melinda P

Oct 24, 2020

Great information, presented in a concise, digestible manner. The content (Module 4) discusses making online courses accessible, and providing resources for all types of learners (including varied visuals etc.), this course felt more 'one size fits all'. I fit this mold alright and learned some valuable information. Other types of learners may struggle. This is the primary reason for 4/5 stars rather than 5.


Feb 15, 2021

The course is really complete and gives you all the knowledge that promises, but the lessons are just readings so it was heavy for me. I would have liked the course to be more interactive than the ones described in the course. On the other hand, the links, resources, and references share are very useful.

By brndn g

Nov 6, 2020

Good start to understand what virtual/online teaching is along with its history, components and legal framework. This is not a course on techniques.

By Shaunta J

Jan 24, 2021

Would like less information on the history and more strategies to meet success.

By Phoebe H

Aug 12, 2020

I thought other courses were easier to navigate. Perhaps because they were live vs self paced with an active forum. I was no longer able to access this course's forum as it was closed. I am not planning on continuing the other segments. I will look for another course. I also noticed that some of the information was from 2013/14 so I think the course needs to be updated. There was also a question on the quiz and the answer is no longer accurate as the information has changed. All the same, I am grateful for the courses available online and I do now have some great sources I can turn to for recent updates on virtual instruction.

By Nairi I

Jul 12, 2019


-Mostly good content & learned things I wasn't sure about (Ex: copyright)

-Teacher is relatable

-Too much broad information


-Too much emphasis on K-12 and not Higher Ed

-Not enough app recommendations and pedagogical tips/examples for online teaching; not enough demos

- Some important links in resources referred to in the site don't work or have been archived

- Some technical difficulties (I am unable to see feedback for my assignment even though it says "see feedback below")

By Sandy W Z

Jul 7, 2018

The test questions are insane. For example, a question would have 9 options, and ask us to pick out option(s) that apply. That equals 500+ possible choices!! Some questions even have 11 or 13 options; those type of questions may have well over 1000+ possible choices. It tells me that whoever designed the test questions does not understand math at all.

By Raul A

Dec 31, 2020

There is a need to vary the materials as not everybody learns only through reading. Videos and audios would help.

By Quiche A L

Dec 6, 2020

Great information. Delivery of content and grading of assessments could improve.

By Sniega K

Dec 17, 2020

Was rather boring and superficial.

By Megan M

Apr 1, 2020

This class is basically just a woman reading a book and showing some poorly made PPTs. Most of the links do not work properly and a lot of the questions on the tests include information that is nowhere to be found on the lecture, transcripts or extra materials.

By Elizabeth S

Nov 2, 2020

Some useful information and links but badly implemented. Not engaging at all, hardly any interactive content and no proper assignments. Very US-centric. Typos in some of the quizzes. May as well just read a book.

By Paola G

Jul 14, 2020

Muy largos los videos. Nada de interacción. Son profesores experimentados en el tema pero no lo ponen en practica. La evaluación final es demasiado extensa

By Richard J

Aug 25, 2020

If I could be very honest, and since I assume that that is fine, may I say that this course was one of the least satisfactory educational experiences that I can imagine. The instructor read from prepared notes at a very very fast pace, never appeared on screen (imagine a virtual class and there is no "face time"!!), there were several typographical errors on slides, e.g., commnicated WITHOUT the u -- very easy to proofread slides -- and only one reference was to material past 2014. The final "quiz" was an amalgamation of all multiple choice questions over 4 weeks, and really not geared to those of us who might teach virtually and who would have found benefit from some links that did not work. Very surprising that this course would simply have been presented in such a way.

By Karina W W

Aug 9, 2020

The course in itself was very dissappointing. As per other peers evaluating the course, the expectations were high on this subject, especially due to COVID-19. It would have been an excellent opportunity for teachers to grow and learn more about what it's into virtual teaching while during this social distancing time.

The lessons provided were mostly facts and history rather than a "how to" program. Irrevelant to worlwide teaching and applicable to our jobs.

I definitely would not recommend the course. I have steamed rolled through the course 1/5 without gaining anything meaningful or vitual for actual virtual instruction.

By Jennifer B N

Jan 12, 2021

Basically a review of common sense of virtual education. If you're a fast reader (since this course is entirely pages of text, with the exception of the introduction video where you 'meet' the instructor you never hear from again), you can get through the whole thing in a week. Mostly beneficial as a way to identify resources for you to get information on topics/tools of interest on your own.

By Richard M H

Oct 14, 2020

Although the basic information provided by this course was good, overall the course was very poor. Firstly, it was just a series of readings: the course failed to practice what it preached and provided near no actual lectures or presentations. Secondly, although the course is marketed internationally most of the information provided was specific to the US.

By Yurgenis R

Sep 17, 2018

This course has a poor method to teach, the instructor (People that speak) sometimes is difficult to understand her and talk very fast and in many cases I don't know of what is she talking. I'm really disappointed