Online Faculty Guide


This guide is for faculty who teach online courses at SNU. Assistance with most tasks found in this guide is provided in the SNU Faculty Knowledge Base.

Prior to Your First Time Teaching Online at SNU

  • Complete the Online Instructor Training (contact your Program Director or Department Chair to sign up).
  • Verify your teaching assignment with your Program Director or Department Chair.

At Least 2 Weeks Prior to Course Start

  • Prepare your course shell in the Learning Management System by importing course content from a previous term or from a template, unless your department or program has already done this for you.
  • Update your syllabus. Use the official SNU Syllabus Template if a completed copy is not provided for you. Add the required information to the syllabus, and share it with students in your course.
  • Update the professor information everywhere it appears in the course. 
  • Check to see if any assignments require special term-specific settings, such as Turnitin setup, due dates, etc. Departmental approval is required for major assignment changes on courses that were developed and approved for online delivery.
  • Add a welcome message or captioned video to the course.
  • Send a welcome email to your students and copy your department head, unless your program initiates contact with the students about the course. The email should introduce yourself, identify the course they are enrolled in, explain how to access the course (and when), and clarify the importance of withdrawing in a timely manner.

3 Days Prior to Course Start

  • Make your course visible to students.
  • Send a follow-up email explaining that the online classroom is open and instructing them to complete the Course Verification statement before the end of the first week.

During the Course Term

  • Alert Student Services near the end of the first week regarding any students who did not complete the Course Verification.
  • Provide weekly communication to your students via discussion, captioned video, email, Google hangouts, etc.
  • Record weekly attendance and submit according to your department’s policy.
  • Log into the online classroom and check on student progress at least 5 days per week.
  • Maintain a current gradebook with timely assignment feedback.
  • Check your SNU email and communication tools in the online classroom and respond to students within 24 hours.

After the Course Ends

  • Submit final grades as soon as possible and no later than 7 days from the course end date. PGS instructors are to submit final grades as soon as possible and no later than 14 days from the course end date.
  • Report any course content issues or recommendations to the department chair or program director.