Transforming Traditional Lessons to Online Learning

Transforming Traditional Lessons to Online Learning

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course will assist you in a plan for transitioning traditional teaching to an online format, whether for a few lessons in a blended learning approach or within a complete shift to virtual instruction. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. The course will cover lesson and assessment adaptation, differentiation, and administrative streamlining by introducing the SAMR model for effective technology integration.

3 Months Access / 14 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course will teach you how to transition your traditional teaching methods into an online learning environment. You may feel that you only need to adapt a few lessons using a blended learning model, or you may wish to explore how to shift your entire classroom into a virtual learning environment. The course will help guide you on what components of your classroom you can shift online, from considering your lessons and assessments, evaluating how to differentiate, or planning how to make your administrative tasks more streamlined.

You will learn about the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition), also called the SAMR framework, as a continuum of technology integration to help you decide how to authentically build more technology into your teaching practices. By the end of the course, you will have a technology plan ready for your classroom and will bring with you many planning documents, resources, and ideas that you can begin implementing.


  1. Introducing the SAMR Model
    1. About the movement from traditional to online teaching
    2. About the SAMR model of technology integration
    3. How to reflect on what you want to change in your instructional methods
  2. Section 2 – Substitution (S)
    1. About the substitution level of the SAMR model
    2. A wide variety of online tools available to use as substitutes for traditional teaching methods
  3. Augmentation (A)
    1. About the augmentation level of the SAMR model
    2. A wide variety of online tools available to use at the augmentation level of the SAMR model
  4. Modification (M)
    1. About the modification level of the SAMR model
    2. A variety of online tools available to use at the modification level of the SAMR model
  5. Redefinition (R)
    1. About the redefinition level of the SAMR model
    2. A wide variety of online tools available to use at the redefinition level of the SAMR model
  6. Differentiation & Scaffolding
    1. How to differentiate online instruction
    2. A variety of techniques to scaffold your students' online learning
  7. Administrative Tasks
    1. How to handle professional tasks online such as planning lessons, keeping records, and holding conferences and meetings
    2. How to use online tools to communicate effectively with parents
    3. How to manage student behavior and build a sense of classroom community with online tools
  8. Choosing Resources
    1. How to determine what you need to change in your traditional instruction
    2. How to choose appropriate resources for your online instruction
  9. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build your own virtual plan for an upcoming lesson.
  10. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that feature ideas around the SAMR model, and read the research behind this type of learning in the classroom.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14756