Instructor Resources


What's the Deal with Zoom?

Zoom (https://semo.zoom.us/) is a cloud-based video communication platform that allows many users to conference together simultaneously. With a camera, microphone, and stable internet connection, Zoom allows you to hold a live class that students can join and ask questions. With a free account, users can host meetings with up to 100 participants for up to 40 minutes. The University has access to a number of Zoom Pro licenses, and you can request one by filling out This Web Form. Users do NOT need a license to join meetings, only to host them.

  • More basic information on Zoom can be found here: https://semo.edu/it/guides/zoom_information.html
  • One growing concern about holding online classes is Zoombombing. Zoombombing is the practice of non students joining in on Zoom class sessions and disrupting it with vulgar content. More information on Zoombombing can be found HERE and tactics on preventing Zoombombing can be found HERE.
  • Here are some more advanced Zoom tips to polish up your skills: Link HERE.

I'm New to Moodle - How Do I Start?

Moodle course spaces are created automatically each semester. If you have never accessed Moodle before, log in at https://learning.semo.edu and locate your courses by clicking “My Courses” in the Navigation dashboard. Perform the following basic Moodle-related tasks to get started:

  • You can access all of the “Intro to Moodle” guidesheets here. This page includes guides on organizing your class, using class content, class structure, and more. Link Here
  • Upload your syllabus to your Moodle course space. Link Here
  • Post announcements to members of your course. Link Here
  • Upload and manage digital course materials. Link Here
  • Here is a basic template for putting together your course in the last part of the semester. Contact CSTL for the best way to integrate your course with this template Link Here

I've Taught Using Moodle Before - How Do I Convert to Online in a Hurry?

Communicate with Students

Several tools are available to enable you to communicate with your students in asynchronous and synchronous activities such as email, discussion board postings, and a "live," real-time classroom.

  • Send messages in Moodle. Link Here
  • Create discussion prompts in Moodle. Link Here
  • Set up online office hours or a "live," real-time online classroom with Skype Link Here or Microsoft Teams Link HERE
  • Creating Course Materials

    You can populate your course with the materials you already have with minimal effort.

    • Brush up on content creation applications such as MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Google Apps for Education (to name a few)
    • REQUEST a Zoom license Link Here
    • Conduct “live” classroom sessions using Zoom Link Here
    • Remember to record and make the session recording available to students who may not be able to participate due to technical or physical constraints.
    • Create assignment submission dropboxes. Link Here
    • Create test/quizzes. Link Here