IES University Prep

Communication Strategies for Online Classrooms

Course Description

In addition to rich content knowledge, effective teachers also possess strong communication skills. This holds true regardless of whether instruction is delivered in a traditional classroom, online classroom, or blended setting. When transitioning to an online classroom setting, teachers can rely on strategies honed for the face-to-face classroom but must also develop additional strategies to compensate for the lack of non-verbal communication cues.

This 10-hour module introduces a variety of considerations around communication and leads teachers to develop models of communication that can be used in their online classroom. Teachers will reflect on personal strengths and challenges in written communication, consider integration of audio/video communication in their online classroom, explore the importance of teacher presence in online classrooms, differentiate between academic and non-academic community building in online classrooms, and develop activities that encourage community building in their online classroom.

This module is part of a series of professional learning opportunities focused on critical skills online teachers must develop. Teachers can enroll in one module or take the entire series. Courses are designed for middle and high school teachers or teachers teaching grades 7-12.

Learning Outcomes

“At the end of the Communication Module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their strengths and challenges in written communication
  • Employ best practices in written communication
  • Identify the best ways to integrate audio/video communication in their online course
  • Identify the importance and characteristics of teacher presence in the online classroom
  • Explain the importance of both non-academic and academic community building in the online classroom
  • Develop activities that encourage community building in the online classroom”
Course Commitment

10 hours asynchronous study

Course Facilitator

Stacy Young

Stacy Young is the Associate Dean of Instruction at VHS Learning. She mentors and collaborates with the Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) team members to support VHS Learning teachers in their professional development. Key responsibilities include oversight of professional development courses, traing and supervision of teachers, supervision of the Faculty Advisors, coordination of teaching assignments, and Curriculum and Instruction program development as a member of the C&I Leadership Team. Stacy was formerly the Director of the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network with the Center for Collaborative Education, and she brings fifteen years of classroom expeirence to this role. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Masters of Science in Teaching and Learning from the University of Southern Maine.

Professional Learning Course Registration


Flexible Schedule / Self-paced


10 hours asynchronous study

Total work hours

10 hours



Certificate(s) available




VHS Learning

VHS Learning (VHS, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization providing supplemental online classes and blended learning opportunities to middle and high school students, and professional development to educators. We partner with schools and districts to create programs in their schools and work directly with parents and students that want to enroll in our classes individually.

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