Getting Started with Teaching Online at Emily Carr

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Jane Slemon

On this page you will find information and links to assist you with preparing to teach online at Emily Carr University. Workshops throughout the year will be offered by the Teaching and Learning Centre and announced on a regular basis. Books on pedagogy and teaching can be found in the Emily Carr library catalogue under the new Teaching and Learning Series.

Faculty can choose to use one of three platforms for delivering course materials online to students.

New Moodle Course Requests
If you need a new course shell/shells for the upcoming semester(s), please first log in to the Moodle course site at – then go to the Instructor Services drop-down menu located in the top menus of the site and select, “request a new course“. You will need to enter the full mnemonic name and title of your course. Please also copy and paste in your course summary from the main Emily Carr website course description. Please Note: All online Moodle courses are not open and available to students until the first day of scheduled classes.

Online Moodle Resources Video Tutorials
Please note: Faculty must first login to using your Emily Carr credentials, by going to the login link at

Moodle 2.8 Essential Training on at
Moodle Advanced Techniques on at has sections on

  • Advanced Techniques for Sharing Content with Moodle
  • Advanced Techniques for Facilitating Activities with Moodle
  • Advanced Techniques for Communicating with Students in Moodle
  • Advanced Techniques for Assessing Learning with Moodle – including using rubrics and the workshop module for peer review

Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction is a free online course for anybody who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for teaching, whether it be in a school, a university, a company or just personal interest. Visit to register. Learn Moodle is a dedicated MOOC hosted by Moodle HQ for beginners to master the foundations of the learning platform. The course for teachers runs for four-weeks aiming to facilitate learning and collaboration to inspire better teaching everywhere. The four-week course is also a great opportunity to connect with the vibrant Moodle community dedicated to sharing resources, ideas and anything that could help inspire better teaching practices everywhere.

Learn Moodle 2015 (37 short videos providing a good overview for Moodle 2.8)

How to use Moodle – Complete Video Guide

Open Educational Resources (from Royal Roads University)

Settings in Moodle
By default new Moodle courses will be setup with the Gourmet theme. To choose another theme – either the Clean, Elegance or Lambda themes – first login to Moodle, go to your course and in the right hand blocks under Administration select “Edit Settings” (see screen shot below) Changing your theme does not affect your Moodle content, so you can try them out and find a theme style that best suits you.

edit settings

Next scroll down the page and open up the Appearance settings and click on “Force theme”, then choose your new course theme.

force theme

Click on Save Changes  at the bottom of your page when you are done.

You may also want to choose the Collapsed Topics courses format, which nicely compresses the content of each week.

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Blogging (WordPress) Course Requests (
Blogs have been used along with Moodle as an easy and accessible way for students to demonstrate their ongoing assignments in an eportfolio layout.

  • Faculty interested in having an additional blog setup for a course should send a request to with the full mnemonic name and title of the course. The Teaching and Learning Centre will setup the blog and provide training through group and individual workshops. Interested faculty can see examples of course blogs in the archived directory at (*Please note: you will need to login with your ECU credentials to view these course blogs).

There are many more resources and upcoming workshops for faculty that I post to the Teaching and Learning website at and the Exploring Pedagogical Practices website at that promotes and supports pedagogical practices for faculty members and staff.

Teaching Online Guides and Resources

The following resources provide guidelines for creating an online course, best practices for teaching online, and strategies for assessing the quality of online education.

  • CRLT Occasional Paper #18: Online Teaching (Zhu, Dezure, & Payette, 2003)
    This paper explores key questions to consider when planning an online course and provides guidelines for effective instructional practices.
  • Instructional Design (Illinois Online Network)
    An ever-changing collection of articles related to teaching online (including Tip of the Month), basic resources, and spotlight issues. As this site is well-maintained, it is worth occasionally checking in to see if new material has been added.
  • Teaching and Learning Online – UMass Amherst (pdf)
  • Instructional Strategies for Online Courses (Illinois Online Network)
    An ever-changing collection of articles related to teaching online (including Tip of the Month), basic resources, and spotlight issues. As this site is well-maintained, it is worth occasionally checking in to see if new material has been added.
  • The site provides a summary of instructional strategies for online course.  Effective online instruction depends on learning experiences appropriately designed and facilitated by knowledgeable educators. Because learners have different learning styles or a combination of styles, online educators should design activities that address their modes of learning in order to provide significant experiences for each class participant.
  • Research on Best Practices (San Juan College)
    These pages present a summary of research related to best practices of teaching online. It is divided into 4 sections: content and structure, communication, assessment, and references. The symbols (described below) indicate our recommendations for application of the concepts in your course.
  • Online Course References (Raritan Valley Community College)
    Online references for the following topics: instructor and student roles, building online learning communities, online course design, examples of online courses and degree programs, online/distance education information for faculty, online conferences on online course instructors.
  • Teaching College Courses Online vs. Face-to-Face (Smith, Ferguson & Caris, 2001, T.H.E. Journal)
    This article describes the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face courses.
  • Rubric for Online Instruction (Cal State Chico, 2009)
    This site is designed to answer the question being asked: What does a high quality online course look like? Instructors and instructional designers can use this site to learn more about the Rubric for Online Instruction, and be able to view examples of exemplary courses in which instructors have implemented the components of the rubric.

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