Online Teaching Commons

Feeling anxious about teaching online?

A sudden transition like this can be overwhelming. If you are interested in talking weekly with other faculty who have a bit of experience with online teaching, please consider joining Laine Scales, John Miller, and other faculty for the Online Teaching Commons.

This is not a training for using technology. Rather, it is a place to connect with one another as humans and as teachers while we adjust to this unexpected transition together. We will talk through the highs and lows of the experience, offer one another ideas and encouragement, and work against our own isolation in the teaching task.

If you would like to participate, please email Laine_Scales@baylor.edu and the group will find a time to meet weekly in a synchronous format.


Dr. T. Laine Scales has been on the Baylor faculty for over 20 years and serves as Professor of Social Work. She was recognized as a Baylor Master Teacher in 2016 and has provided faculty development programming through the Academy for Teaching and Learning since its founding. After beginning to teach online a few years ago, Dr. Scales has been supporting other faculty experiencing similar transitions. She was co-facilitator of Baylor’s first Online Faculty Institute in 2018 and developed the Online Teaching Commons for the Garland School of Social Work.


John Miller is a Senior Lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and has been at Baylor for 10 years. He teaches a wide range of courses, including the first-year program, mid-level laboratories, control systems, and capstone design. These courses lean heavily on hands-on experience and active learning. He has also taught online summer courses and participated in the Online Faculty Institute in 2018.