Online Resources on Teaching and Learning

Welcome to the NAHE online teaching and learning section!

A few words about NAHE:

Launched in June 2019, National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) is the academic arm of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). Its vision is to establish itself as an apex learning institution that will institute and lead a broader national discourse around the purpose, perspectives and policy in Higher Education and help develop high quality human capital to achieve excellence in academic milieu.

NAHE is set to work as a centre of excellence for capacity building, skill development, and promotion of academic and leadership competencies. It will offer generic, as well as need-based capacity building services, and will engage in setting standards, defining and cultivating academic quality, and advancing research on professional resource development.

Introducing the online teaching and learning section:

In keeping with the remit of NAHE, and in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are extending support to the higher education sector in moving to online delivery of courses. An important aspect of this support is to share resources that will help us all to take our instruction online, which for many is the start of a new journey and into untested domains of working.

To this end we have generated a list of online resources for teaching and learning. These consist of a variety of resources presented in various formats – webinars, PowerPoint presentations, tutorials as well as short courses to learn about online teaching and learning. The resources identified below have been collated from our international networks, shared by colleagues and institutions.

Please note that this is a living document with an evolving list of resources as new materials come into the public domain.


Open-resource courses from international HEIs

This is a list of free and open-access courses that can be completed by any learner in the world. HEI instructors can use these to strengthen their own knowledge and pedagogy as well as to explore learning resources to strengthen/supplement their own courses/learning material.

  1. edX is an online learning service with partnerships with top-tier universities, including Harvard University, Princeton, University of Chicago and more. edX allows learners to 'audit' courses for free – this means that the learn can attend lectures and participate in discussion groups but will not get a certificate. Detailed information on this can be found on this link. 
  2. Coursera is an online learning service with bespoke courses, including skills like machine learning and econometrics, as well as offerings from partner universities. Learners can 'audit' courses for free but will not be able to get certifications. The option to audit and other ways to enroll in Coursera courses are given here. A list of their completely free courses is available here.
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosts a full range of free courses on their OCW portal. These include all the resources offered to students including lectures, lecture notes/slides, syllabi, assignments (not graded), and readings
  4. Open Culture is an online learning resource that brings together courses as well as individual learning resources such as free movies, e-books, podcasts, and audiobooks. Learners can access some courses on this portal for free and others can be audited for free. The list of free courses is available here.
  5. Yale University offers a full-range of free courses on their OYC portal. These courses include lectures with transcribed notes, slides, and all course materials. Assignment grading and certifications are not available for free.
  6. Khan Academy can help learners teaching in HEIs brush up on knowledge and also demonstrate effective and high quality online lectures with assessments as-you-go. 

Resources (Articles/Tutorials) on Online Teaching

 Videos on Online/Remote Lecture Delivery


Knowledge resources (academic and non-academic)

Articles for Educators


Thinking critically about education


Resources for HEI administrators

  • Student engagement and retention in higher education: https://feedbackfruits.com/blog/student-engagement-and-retention-in-higher-education
  • The Future of Higher Education – Short, medium and long term perspectives from around the world
  • Step up to leadership (free statement of participation also available): https://www.open.edu/openlearn/money-business/leadership-management/step-leadership/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

Subject specific resources for teaching

Improving you research and academic writing