Training and Support

Online Course Development for Summer and Fall

UM Online is hosting monthly cohorts to support online course development. To see cohort offerings and to sign up go to the UM Online section of the IT Short Courses web page
  • Each cohort will be led by UMOnline instructional designers.
  • UM Online will provide course templates for content layout and sample assignments, forums, quizzes and other tools for engagement.
  • UM Online will provide a repository of graphics with main banners and icons that faculty can download and use in their courses. Customized graphic design will be limited and on an as-needed basis.
  • Video creation using Zoom will be covered and participants will be taken through UM Online’s video production process. Basic editing will be discussed. Editing services from the Innovation Studio will be available, depending on demand.
  • Cohort members will commit to meeting via Zoom either twice weekly for two weeks or daily for one week (four days) to accelerate development. Benchmarks and deadlines will be established to keep everyone on schedule.

Session Topics:

  1. Writing course outcomes, identifying assessments, outlining the course, and drafting the syllabus.
  2. Course layout examples, templates, and planning the design.
  3. Curating, checking and adjusting content for accessibility, and adding content.
  4. Designing assignments, forums, quizzes and other tools for engagement, including video.
  5. Setting up the grade book and recording grades.

Office Hours with an Instructional Designer

UM Online's Instructional Design Team will continue to host office hours during the summer and fall. Those interested will participate in a one-on-one session with an instructional designer to discuss a variety of topics including teaching remotely, Zoom, Moodle and any other questions you may have.

To register for an Office Hours with an Instructional Designer:

  • Navigate to the Office Hours for the Instructors web page.
  • Select the "Add to Cart" button below and follow the instructions through checkout. You will then receive a link in your email with access through Zoom.

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.

This fall semester 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 they can self-enroll. UMOnline will also offer online Moodle Basics sessions throughout the summer, available via the IT Short Courses

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. If faculty have questions about accessing their Moodle shells, please contact the UMOnline Help Desk at 243-4999 or umonline-help@umontana.edu.

Faculty Development Support for Distance Teaching

  • Faculty discussion groups on moving large courses online and teaching hybrid or hyflex courses 
  • Videos from UM faculty on how they 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 assistant in remote instruction. 
  • The Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching will be offered the week of August 3 and will focus on teaching approaches that have been demonstrated to support student learning. The Institute will be delivered online and will incorporate numerous models for engaging students virtually. This is a great opportunity for faculty to consult with experts in pedagogy and learn new approaches as they get ready for fall teaching.
  • 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 can also complete the entire course for a certificate of completion.
  • Videos on technical and pedagogical approaches to online and remote learning environments.

Effective Online Instruction Webinars from ACUE

Join experts in online teaching and learning for virtual discussion on best-practices to ensure quality online instruction. Register Online for one ACUE's sessions.

Support

Please contact the IT Help Desk at 406-243-HELP for help with Box or Zoom or the UMOnline Help Desk at 406-243-4999 or 866-225-1641 if you need additional assistance with Moodle.

This fall semester 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 they can self-enroll. UMOnline will also offer online Moodle Basics sessions throughout the summer, available via the IT Short Courses.

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