Overview- NU Online Best Practices Guide

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The Northeastern University Online Best Practices Guide is the primary resource for Northeastern University (NU) Online faculty & staff for quality assurance and the tools and resources needed for the design and delivery of compliant and effective course materials. The information provided in this guide is intended to help design and develop teaching and learning materials for online courses and programs according to Northeastern University Online’s best practices model. Contact your instructional designer if you have additional questions.


The intended audience for this guide is full-time and adjunct faculty who are teaching courses in an online or hybrid format, but also includes:

  • Instructional designers
  • Editors
  • Program managers
  • Anyone else interested in applying the best practices and standards expected for an Northeastern University Online course


This guide:

  • Identifies clear guidelines for faculty and instructional designers to follow when designing, developing, and delivering online or hybrid courses.
  • Describes best practices and standards for creating online courses.

What do we mean by best practices?

The term best practices, in the case of online learning, refers to strategies that are based on current evidence-based research providing effective course design and delivery and learning and teaching strategies.

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