Emory Foundations for Online Teaching

New sessions starting November 6th, 2017!

Emory Foundations for Online Teaching (EFOT) is a professional development opportunity for faculty offered by the CFDE. EFOT introduces best practices for online teaching and is directed at faculty who are preparing to teach partially or wholly in an online environment. Emory faculty from any school are welcome to enroll. All course sessions use Canvas, and the participant learns from the point of view of an online student.

Over the academic year, beginning on September 18th, CFDE will offer a series of two-week online modules of EFOT focused on particular aspects of online teaching. Participants may choose to complete all modules offered throughout the year, or they may choose the individual module(s) of interest. Upon successful completion of a module, faculty will earn a digital badge from the CFDE (awarded in Canvas). “Badges signify accomplishments such as completion of a project, mastery of a skill, or marks of experience,” but are not credit-bearing (EDUCAUSE). Those completing all five modules will receive a letter of accomplishment from CFDE.

Participants will learn about

  • best practices for and methodology behind online teaching
  • instructional design
  • tools and technologies
  • Emory resources for online education.

The modules focus on

  • teaching using a learning management system
  • pedagogically sound course design
  • developing learning objectives and assessments for the online environment
  • synchronous and asynchronous communication techniques
  • building an online community.

EFOT is also offered as a 6-week intensive course over the summer.

Participants must have a computer with Internet access, webcam, and a headset/microphone. This course and its sessions are taught 100% online. Graduate students interested in online teaching are welcome to enroll in these EFOT modules.* 

For questions or more information, contact Stephanie Parisi, Assistant Director of Online Education at stephanie.parisi@emory.edu or call at 404-727-0872.

Course Offerings


    • September 18th – 24th:  Teaching Online Using a Learning Management System (LMS). In this session, participants will explore best practices for facilitating online learning using Canvas, Emory’s supported LMS.
    • November 6th – 17th:  Pedagogically Sound Course Design. In this session, participants will examine the principles of online course design and development, as well as create their own instructional video.
    • January 22nd – February 2nd: Measuring Online Learning
  •  February 26th – March 9th: Communication and Community
  • Summer 2018:  Putting it All Together (EFOT Capstone Project)

6-Week Intensive

Summer 2018:  Exact dates TBD

*EFOT is also available for graduate students. The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), in partnership with CFDE, manages the graduate student course offered in the summer (6-week intensive). Successful completion of the program may be helpful to students interested in teaching or serving as a teaching assistant in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. For more information about EFOT for TAs, please contact Stephanie Parisi.

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