Online Teaching Statement

Your online teaching statement reflects your summarized learning in the course and your approach to online teaching (similar to a philosophy of teaching statement). This statement should communicate who you are and how you think about online teaching.

This module addresses the following standards:

  • The online teacher constructs learning experiences that take into account students' physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development to influence learning and instructional decisions. {Physical (e.g., Repetitive Use Injuries, Back and Neck Strain); Sensory Development (e.g.Hearing, Vision, Computer Vision Syndrome, Ocular Lock); Conceptions of social space (e.g.Identity Formation, Community Formation, Autonomy); Emotional (e.g.Isolation, cyber-bullying); Moral (i.e Enigmatic communities, Disinhibition effect, Cognitive, Creativity)}. OTE.2.P.4
  • The online teacher knows how adaptive/assistive technologies are used to help people who have disabilities gain access to information that might otherwise be inaccessible. OTE.3.P.1
  • The online teacher modifies, customizes and/or personalizes activities to address diverse learning styles, working strategies and abilities (e.g., provide multiple paths to learning objectives, differentiate instruction, strategies for non-native English speakers). OTE.3.P.2
  • The online teacher uses a variety of instructional tools and resources to enhance learning (e.g., LMS/CMS, computer directed and computer assisted software, digital age media). OTE.4.P.3
  • The online teacher clearly communicates to students stated and measurable objectives, course goals, grading criteria, course organization and expectations. OTE.7.P.1
  • The online teacher maintains accuracy and currency of course content, incorporates internet resources into course content, and extends lesson activities. OTE.7.P.2
  • The online teacher designs and develops subject-specific online content. OTE.7.P.3
  • The online teacher uses multiple forms of media to design course content. OTE.7.P.4
  • The online teacher selects, constructs, and uses a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques (e.g., observation, portfolios of student work, online teacher-made tests, performance tasks, projects, student self-assessment, peer assessment, standardized tests, tests written in primary language, and authentic assessments) to enhance knowledge of individual students, evaluate student performance and progress, and modify teaching and learning strategies. OTE.8.P.1
  • The online teacher demonstrates alignment of educational standards and curriculum with 21st century technology skills. OTE.9.P.3


Write an online teaching statement that discusses your approach to online teaching. Like your teaching, this statement should be standards-driven and will be graded according to the provided rubric.

This statement can serve multiple purposes for you in the future, but one way that you might use it would be when applying for a job. Often, teaching jobs in K-12 and higher education require applicants to write a cover letter and/or philosophy of teaching statement. This online teaching statement (or parts of it) could be used to inform those documents, and the level of professionalism required in this assignment should be understood accordingly.


Make a copy of the evaluation rubric, and self-evaluate your statement according to the rubric.

Open the Rubric


Share your self-evaluation with your instructor, and either share your statement or submit it via email.