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Remote Teaching Start-Up Guide

The Office of Distance Learning has developed the following resource to assist faculty in teaching remotely by moving coursework online.

Review Moodle Basics by watching this webinar.

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Essential Steps

  1. Locate your course shells.
  2. Post your contact information.
  3. Upload course materials.
  4. Record lectures.
  5. Hold virtual sessions via Zoom.
  6. Add URLs for external resources.
  7. Make courses visible.
  8. Communicate with all students.
  9. Communicate with individual students.
  10. Hold virtual office hours.
  11. Create assessment plan.
  12. Monitor activity.

Share Coursework through Moodle

Remote coursework should be shared with students via Moodle, our Learning Management System. All courses have Moodle course shells already set up, with you and your students enrolled. You can access Moodle and your course shell(s) by logging into ULink and clicking on the Moodle icon at the top right corner of the screen.

The Essential Steps below will guide you in moving your course online and making it available to students. We provide tutorial videos to assist you in completing each step.

Video thumbnail: Navigating your moodle course

Essential Steps

1. Locate your Moodle course shells.

2. Post your contact information prominently in a label.

3. Upload your course syllabus and instructional materials.

4. Record lectures as video.

There are two main options for recording lectures. Review our Let's Talk Video: Choosing the Right EduTool webinar to consider which is right for your content. 

Option #1: Record and share with VoiceThread

VoiceThread is tool that allows you to present a variety of media content (e.g. video, audio, presentation slides, images, documents, etc.) to your VoiceThread logostudents and record video and/or audio commentary on the content. In the case of presentation slides, such as PowerPoint, you can record voiceover or video lecture for each slide.

Faculty Resources
Student Resources
Option #2: Record and share with Panopto

Panopto is a tool that allows you to record video of lecture slides and screencasts. Panopto has the added ability for you to insert quizzes directly Panopto logointo your video to check for student learning.


5. Host Synchronous Virtual Classes Using Zoom

Through Zoom, you can share slides, take students’ questions by audio or in a discussion format, see your students’ faces, and record your class session for repeat viewing or for those not able to attend at the appointed time.

You can also use Zoom to host virtual office hours using your Zoom Personal Meeting Room.


How to Communicate with Zoom-3/19/20



6. Add any URL links to external learning resources.

Video thumbnail: Controling visibility of items in Moodle.


7. Make your course available to your students.

8. Communicate frequently through the Announcements forum.

9. Communicate with individual students.

Video thumbnail: Host virtual office hours using Moodle Chat.

10. Hold virtual office hours via email, Moodle Chat, or Zoom.

11. Create an assessment plan. 

Online assessments can include assignments, quizzes, and discussions. Once complete, you can add grades to the Moodle Gradebook.

Step 1: Add Questions into the Question Bank.Video thumbnail: Creating a multiple choice question and saving it in a category within Moodle.

Video thumbnail: How to create a Moodle quiz.

Step 2: Create quiz.
  • How to create a Moodle Quiz. (Page)/(Video)
Step 3: Assess.
  • How to add questions to a quiz and set the max score. (Page)/(Video)
  • How to view results and grade Moodle Quiz. (Page
Moodle Gradebook

12. Monitor Student Activity and Engagement.