Training and Support

Moodle Basics for Faculty

Self enroll in this online tutorial that consists of 10 modules on using Moodle and related supports. Faculty can view modules in any order.

All courses will automatically have a Moodle shell created, eliminating the need for faculty to request shells (supplements). To access Moodle, log in using a Net ID at the UMOnline website and find courses listed along the left under My Courses. For faculty who are unfamiliar with using Moodle or need a refresher on the basics, there is an online tutorial called Moodle Basics for Faculty, in which to self-enroll.

By default, Moodle shells are not visible to students in the course until the instructor makes it visible. Once the course shell is ready for student viewing, faculty need to select the Administration menu (gear icon in the upper right corner), choose Edit Settings, change the Visibility setting to “Show” and save the changes. For questions about accessing Moodle shells, please complete the Moodle Help Request form, or contact the IT Help Desk at (406) 243-HELP (4357) or

Online Course Development

UMOnline now has a self-enrollable, self-paced tutorial called UMOnline Course Development Tutorial for developing an online, remote or hybrid course. This tutorial guides instructors through the design and development process, including quality standards for courses, accessible content, organization and layout, video production, active student engagement tools, and grade management.

Instructors can use these strategies and resources to build robust Moodle shell supplements for face-to-face courses. Self-enrollment in Moodle Basics for Faculty and Engaging Teaching Practices online tutorials will complement the content in the Course Development tutorial. Instructional designers are available by appointment to provide one-on-one support to faculty. For new fully online course developments, please contact Nancy Clouse (243-5815) for initial consultation.

Enrollment in this course development tutorial will include access to:

  • Quality standards rubrics
  • Templates for content layout
  • Tools for checking content accessibility
  • A repository of downloadable graphics for course banners and icons
  • Tips for video recording and workflow, including links to video editing resources
  • Examples of interactive learning tools


UMOnline instructional designers have office hours sign-ups for one-on-one assistance via Zoom. Instructional designers can also be contacted by emailing


Faculty Development Support for Distance Teaching

  • Faculty discussion groups on moving large courses online and teaching hybrid or hyflex courses.
  • Videos from UM faculty such as how to approach key elements of hybrid and hyflex teaching (backward design, active learning assignments online, formative assessments, hybrid/hyflex teaching, creating community online and using learning assistants in remote instruction.
  • Engaging Teaching Practices is an online course that focuses on pedagogy, online teaching strategies and Universal Design for Learning principles. Faculty can read any topics they want and complete the entire course for a certificate of completion.

Online Instruction Webinar Series from ACUE

Join experts in online teaching and learning for virtual discussion on best-practices to ensure quality online instruction. Watch the Webinar Series Online.

Training from Zoom

Zoom also offers the following short videos to help teachers get up and running with Zoom:


Please contact the IT Help Desk at 406-243-HELP (4357) for help with Moodle, email, Box, or Zoom. You can contact the Instructional Design team for pedagogical, gradebook, or advanced Moodle questions.

All courses automatically have a Moodle shell created, eliminating the need to request shells (supplements). To access Moodle, log in using the Moodle Net ID login and find courses listed along the left under My Courses.

Frequently Updated Information and resources can be found on the UMOnline web pages below. These pages are updated daily with new and relevant information to keep you informed. UMOnline also is active on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.