Principles of Virtual Teaching

In order to help empower organizations to join the NVTA in developing a world where virtual teaching is as good as or more effective than in-person instruction we have developed and will be making available our observation rubric that outlines the expectations of a distinguished “virtual” teacher.

The NVTA believes that an observation rubric should be used to help drive discussions between a teacher and an administrator.

The NVTA Principles of Virtual Teaching has five Domains, each Domain focuses on an important aspect of being a distinguished virtual teacher. Being a distinguished virtual teacher requires the ability to master not just the instructional piece but the location you reside, use of external resources, preparation prior to class, building relationships with personal not local, and providing a dynamic instructional space for students.

In order to gain access to the indicators for Unsatisfactory, Basic, Proficient, Distinguished you must be a member of NVTA. We believe access to guiding quality virtual instruction should be open source and we are freely making this available to encourage education institutions to use this as their building bricks to create a quality virtual educational environment.

Domain topics include, but are not limited to:

Domain 1: Home Instructional Space & Technology

The teacher’s instructional space, presentation, and equipment required for online teaching are conducive for conducting live classes with efficiency, effectiveness, and minimal distractions to students.

Strand: Home Instructional Space –

  • A. Instructional Space

Strand: Technology Equipment & Usage –

  • B. Technology Requirements & Equipment

Domain 2: Class Preparation

The teacher prepares for class through communication with the Facilitator, preparing the learning management and video delivery system, becoming familiar with virtual instructional resources, and planning instruction that is compatible with online learning.

Strand: Communication & Information –

  • A. Facilitator Communication & Class Information Knowledge of School Dates/Policies (merged with A) Learning Management System/Video Delivery System (moved to Instructional Practices)

Strand: Planning & Resources –

  • B. Lesson Planning & Resources
    Lesson Resources (merged with B)
  • C. Class Pacing

Domain 3: Content Knowledge & Instruction

The teacher demonstrates an effective understanding of content knowledge through use of current materials and instructional strategies that support students’ learning styles, abilities, and objectives in an online environment.

Strand: Content Knowledge –

  • A. Subject Matter Expertise

Strand: Instructional Practices –

  • B. Use of Learning Management System & Video Delivery System
  • C. Innovative Presentation and Teaching with Technology
  • D. Tiered Learning & Grouping
  • E. Student Questioning
  • F. Dynamic Instruction/Best Practices

Domain 4: Learning Environment & Affect

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Domain 5: Professional Practices & Responsibilities

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