Instructor Resources

How do I make my course blended/online?

Contact AMPD Computing to determine what kind of support you need while developing the materials for your course.  We will help set up and oversee support from the AMPD eLearning Team. Support is based on your needs. Some examples of support include:

  • recording and editing lectures and/or interviews with external experts
  • support for using Camtasia to record lectures or to create tutorials
  • uploading audio and video files to our streaming servers
  • technical support for Moodle and/or WordPress

As the course development nears completion,  we can assist with customized Moodle support and training for faculty members, teaching assistants and students.

Teaching Commons Resources

eLearning at AMPD has worked closely with the Teaching Commons to develop blended and online courses.  AMPD’s main contact at the Teaching Commons is Natasha May, who provides support in pedagogy and the design of courses or modules that involve an eLearning component.

Check out these great Teaching Commons Resources for examples of good practice, internal resources, and external resources.

Moodle Help

Moodle is York’s LMS (learning management system). New to Moodle or need help? Check out Moodle’s great Instructor Resources, which includes how-tos for setting up your course and adding users to your course.

Moodle’s Additional Resources are also very helpful, and include a comprehensive Instructor FAQ.

If you are an instructor experiencing a problem with Moodle: please contact AMPD Computing Services.

AMPD Moodle Tips

Here are some additional Moodle tips that we find helpful for instructors:

  • Online courses do not have the same turn around time as those offered face to face. Provide extra time for student interaction and clarification.
  • If you have an offline assignment, download a blank grade sheet from the grade book to have the correct format to bulk upload grades  instead of entering grades one by one.
  • Try to mark all assignments out of 100. The grade book set up will take care of calculations and the ’rounding up’ will therefore only take place once.
  • Be consistent with your delivery.  For example, if you use forums, use the same type throughout the course.  If you change a style, let the class know.
  • Keep your course template uncluttered and logically structured.
  • Change your Text Editor preference to “TinyMCE” if you would like to have greater display options, i.e. ability to change fonts and text colours.
  • Check all links to ensure they are active before making them public.
  • If you have a large class, set up a hidden forum for TAs to communicate with each other and eliminate repetitive emails.
  • Set up a non graded forum for students to communicate with each other.