eLearning Tips, Tricks, and Helpful Documents

If you are an instructor at UMW, here you will find various documents to help with providing the highest quality eLearning experience for your students. If you are a student, you will find documents that will help make your life easier.

You can browse the list of topics, search for topics of interest, or begin by using the quicklinks for Faculty, Students, and Moodle below.

Moodle Support
Using the Moodle Messaging App
This video demonstrates how to send messages to other users within Moodle.
Moodle Support
Setting Moodle Notifications Preferences

This video demonstrates how to set preferences for receiving notifications in Moodle.

Moodle Support
Moodle Notifications

This document explains how to access and adjust a user’s notifications and alerts within Moodle.

Moodle Support
Moodle Messaging App

This document will explain how to use the Moodle Messaging application.

Faculty Support
SMARTBoard Quick Start Guide

This document provides the absolute basics for using the classroom SMARTBoards at UMW.

Faculty Support
Smartboard Basics

This workshop, presented by Dr. Debbie Seacrest, covers how to get started using classroom SMARTBoards at UMW. If you wish to access the slidedeck used in the presentation, if can be found on the eLearning SharePoint site.

Faculty Support
Unconventional Uses of Zoom: Enhancing In-Person Classes

Dr. Debbie Seacrest shares their universal design tips in using Zoom to enhance face-to-face class meetings. The slide deck that accompanies this presentation is available through SharePoint.

Accessibility Support
Edge Immersive Reader

When an immersive reader is needed outside the Moodle enviroment, the Microsoft Edge browser is the best option. This document explains how to access and use Edge’s immersive reader.

All-Campus Support
Setting Incoming Email Rules in Outlook

Setting rules in Outlook can help keep your inbox clean and organized–this document will teach you how.

Student Support
Linking to OneDrive Files in Moodle

This document describes how to upload files to OneDrive then link to them in Moodle assignments and discussions.

Student Support
Video: Linking to OneDrive Files in Moodle

This video will demonstrate how to upload a file to OneDrive then link to that file in Moodle assignments and discussions.

All-Campus Support
Searching within OneDrive Documents

This short video explains how to search within a OneDrive document.

Student Support
Hypothes.is for Students

This video will walk students through how to annotate as part of a Hypothes.is activity.

All-Campus Support
Connecting to Wi-Fi from an Android or Google Phone

This video provides directions for connecting to UMW campus wi-fi from your Google or Android mobile device.

All-Campus Support
Changing Passwords

Changing your password through your UMW email account will also change your password in Moodle. If you can’t remember your old password, call Tech Support at 406-683-7777.

Faculty Support
Creating H5P Content

H5P is an open source, “no code” application that allows instructors to create a variety of interactive learning objects. This document will explain how to get started.

Student Support
Hiding Courses in Moodle

This short video explains how that you can hide past courses in Moodle.

Faculty Support
Using Groups

Teachers can create groups in Moodle to facilitate student collaboration in an online environment. This document describes how faculty can set activities to only be available for certains groups as well as sort submissions by group.

Faculty Support
Creating and Editing Groups in Moodle

Teachers can create groups in Moodle to facilitate student collaboration in an online environment. This document provides information about the different group modes and how to create then edit groups.

All-Campus Support
Making Scripted Videos in Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic allows users to create a video by first inputting and recording a script. This handy function is perfect for capturing what happens on a screen or developing voice-over PowerPoints.

Faculty Support
Evidence-Based Practice: Good Online Course Design

This short asynchronous workshop covers priniciples of good online course design. Completing the workshop should take approximately 30 minutes.

Faculty Support
Evidence-Based Practice: Good Online Teaching

This short asynchronous workshop covers applying best practices in undergraduate education to online courses. Completing the workshop should take approximately 30 minutes.

Faculty Support
Video: Teaching with Google Forms

UMW Business and Technology Faculty Kevin Engellant shares how he uses Google forms in his classes. Recorded in June 2020.

Faculty Support
Video: COVID Disruption and Higher Education

In this webinar, UMW Business Faculty Christian Glide discusses how the COVID disruption impacted higher education, what it’s like to teach in an online block, and online learning in general. Recorded in June 2020.