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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

Recommended Steps

Essential Steps

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.

Essential Steps

1. Locate your Moodle course shells.

2. Post your contact information prominently in a label so students will know how to contact you.

3. Upload your course syllabus and instructional materials (readings, videos, documents, presentation slides) to your Moodle course(s).

4. Add any URL links to external learning resources to your course(s).

5. Make your course available to your students.

6. Communicate frequently with all students in your course through the Announcements forum with course updates.

7. Communicate with individual students using your University Outlook email or Moodle’s QuickMail module.

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

9. Create a plan for how you will assess your students in the event of prolonged campus closure. 



Step 1: Add Questions into the Question Bank.

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

10. Monitor Student Activity and Engagement.

Recommended Steps 

Record your lectures as video

There are three main options for presenting lectures online. 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 students 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 into your video to check for student learning.


Host Synchronous Virtual Classes or Virtual Office Hours 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

Faculty Resources from the Office of Distance Learning:

Faculty Resources from Zoom:

Student Resources from Zoom: