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Online Teaching Strategies for Mathematics

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This instructor-led, eight-week, fully-online course introduces strategies for teaching mathematics online. Participants will discover and discuss concepts, ideas, and strategies that lead to the effective instruction of an online mathematics course.


This course is for faculty and staff who are interesting in teaching or evaluating mathematics instruction online or in a blended format.


  • Learning theories and pedagogies specific to teaching mathematics online
  • Best practices and accessibility issues
  • Developing a variety of instructional materials
  • Incorporating meaningful interaction
  • Organizing activities into a cohesive course design


  • Module 1- Overview of Teaching Mathematics Online
  • Module 2- Text Based Course Materials
  • Module 3- Video
  • Module 4- Interactive Online Tools
  • Module 5- Personal Interaction and Support
  • Module 6- Collaborative Projects
  • Module 7- Cohesive Course Design


The goal of this course is to provide an overview of best practices in teaching mathematics online, with practical strategies and resources to engage learners.


In threaded discussions via an asynchronous online discussion forum:

  • Learners will be able to explain pedagogies or learning theories specific to teaching mathematics online.
  • Learners will be able to select and use appropriate instructional materials to support learning goals.
  • Learners will be able to create accessible interactive instructional materials.
  • Learners will be able to integrate appropriate instructional strategies and materials into a course design that supports learning objectives.


Online Teaching Strategies for Mathematics is an eight-week course.




  • Read the instructor’s lecture notes and assigned articles and materials.
  • Answer questions related to math instruction.
  • Engage in positive and meaningful dialog with classmates concerning the course subject matter.
  • Complete individual or group projects.

Technical Requirements

  • Email with file attachment
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word


This course is delivered in a fully online format.


This course requires 4-8 hours of work per week. The time commitment will vary depending an individual's input, needs, and personal study habits. Participants should log on to the course a minimum of 3 times a week.

Credit Options

8 continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded to students who successfully complete this course with a grade of 80% or better.


A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
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The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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