The importance of online teaching is increasing as digital technologies are expanding rapidly and it also has expanded into the realm of tourism and hospitality. However, online learning and teaching formats, the activities to facilitate learning outcomes as well as the learning outcomes themselves, and the assessment of these learning outcomes are in their core approach comparable with the traditional setting. First comes the development of the curriculum and second the appropriate technology to deliver the curriculum — never the other way around. This will ensure the constructive alignment of learning outcomes, activities and assessments. Equally important to planning is the understanding of the technology used to deliver a class, course, module or program. Here, digital literacy can be a challenge to both students and instructors. This paper recognizes the necessary inherent theoretical pluralism when addressing online learning. The theoretical underpinnings of this paper draw from the constructivist learning model as applied to online learning, as well as transformative, experiential and authentic learning. Based on theoretical foundations, the paper will first examine why online teaching in tourism and hospitality continually becomes more important, to support this assertion. Secondly, applications to curriculum and appropriate technologies — using the Teaching Education Futures Initiative (TEFI) five value sets framework — will be explained. Finally, conclusions and recommendations are drawn for educators and practitioners.