Best Practices for Online Teaching and Learning

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It is important to establish an online presence, channels of communication with your students, and an off-campus assessment strategy for your courses when a disruption occurs. You should communicate with your students as soon as possible, even if it’s just to let them know more details are coming.


  • I have a published Moodle course for each of my courses with a current syllabus and course schedule posted
  • I have a way to distribute assignments to my students online
  • I know how to record audio or video materials for class and I know how to share these with my students
  • I know how to use Zoom for live classes and/or recording lectures
  • I have posted or know how to post course materials/readings in Moodle
  • I have set up assignments/grading in Moodle for each class

  • My students know my plan for communicating class information during a disruption
  • My students know the best way to reach me
  • I know how to facilitate discussion with groups of students remotely
  • Students have a way to contact each other and collaborate online and are prepared to do so
  • I know how to hold synchronous (Zoom) online classes with students
  • I am prepared to record lectures or have pre-prepared a few lectures to post online if needed
  • I have prepared activities for my students to make sure they can access, listen to, and/or watch my course content online and use technologies that may be required

  • I have set up or know how to create online assignment submissions for my class in Moodle
  • I have created or know how to create online surveys, quizzes or exams in Moodle
  • I know how to grade and provide feedback on work submitted online in Moodle
  • I have set up my gradebook in Moodle


Principles of Online Teaching and Learning

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