Guidance and training to help you provide high quality teaching online
You can use Moodle and Collaborate Ultra to teach online and ensure that your students benefit from a high quality learning experience.
These digital tools provide the balance of 'content' and 'contact', which is important in helping students reach their Learning Outcomes.
Learn more about how to use these digital tools for teaching, attend training sessions and use our guides.
Read the Core Practice guides
The UAL Distance Teaching Core Practice Guide (PDF 169 KB) outlines UAL’s core approach to delivering teaching online. This guide will help you communicate and support your students effectively while teaching online.
Use the Core Practice for inclusive Online Teaching (PDF 166KB) checklist to ensure that online delivery reaches and includes all your students and to impact positively on their digital wellbeing, engagement, retention and attainment.
Use the Core Practice for Inclusive Assessment Online (PDF 131KB) to assist you in grading student work online with a focus on inclusion.
Non-UAL Digital Platforms for Teaching and Learning (PDF 137 KB) outlines our policy on using third party platforms in courses and for assessments.
As we outline in the UAL Distance Teaching Core Practice Guide (PDF 169 KB) guide:
- You should use Moodle as a reliable location for online teaching and assessment.
- You can then use Collaborate Ultra for real-time lectures or tutorials.
- Courses don’t need to replicate all face-to-face contact time in Collaborate Ultra.
- Timed and self-paced activities on Moodle can also be considered contact time.
- Getting Ready to Teach Online Checklist (PDF 83 KB) - how to get your Moodle site ready for online teaching.
- Moodle Unit and Course Site Design Guide (PDF 353 KB) - how to create and structure course information and unit pages so that your Moodle sites are accessible, mobile-friendly, and easy to navigate.
- Example of Core Practice Moodle - a video showing an example Unit level Moodle site.
- Moodle Forums Quick Start Guide (PDF 321 KB) - how to create a forum activity and how to frame and moderate impactful discussions.
- Digital Submission Guidelines (PDF 94 KB) - a guide to online tools for different submission types.
- Communicating through Moodle (PDF 463 KB) - how to stay connected with your students and ensure they feel supported using Moodle announcements, groups and Quickmail.
- Managing Emails and Notifications from Moodle (PDF 415 KB) - how to manage settings for Moodle messages, announcements and forum notifications and redirect Moodle emails folders in Outlook 365.
- Simple Strategies to Support your Students on Moodle - how to make your content more accessible, upload mobile-friendly images, organise learning materials and group course content.
Collaborate Ultra guides
When working with students, we strongly discourage the use of guest links as this could lead to insecure Collaborate Ultra sessions. Session are most secure when enrolled users enter through Moodle.
- Creating a Collaborate Ultra Session - a video on how to create a Collaborate room, assign presenter rights and explore tools.
- Collaborate Ultra Quick Start Guide (PDF 429 KB) - how to set-up your own webinar room and how to prepare for online teaching.
- Checklist for Moderators and Staff (PDF 175 KB) - how to prepare yourself, your class and your students for a session.
- Collaborate Ultra Welcome Slide (PowerPoint 83 KB) - a welcome slide for students joining a session early including: hand-raising, setting status, chat and more.
- Collaborate Ultra Quick Start Guide for Recordings (PDF 667 KB) - how to record a session, find it in Moodle and use it as a teaching and learning activity.
- Collaborate Ultra Troubleshooting Checklist (PDF 244 KB) - how to provide solutions for technical issues you may experience.
- Collaborate Ultra in China (PDF 104 KB) - advice for users in China on improving internet connection
Inclusive teaching and learning
Online delivery should reach and include all your students and impact positively on their digital wellbeing, engagement, retention and attainment.
- Making your Moodle content more accessible - a video on using topic titles, alternative descriptions for images, formatting text and when to make content available for students.
- Accessibility in Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience - how to navigate Collaborate Ultra with a screen reader, keyboard or assistive technology.
- Captions in Collaborate - how to use the live closed captioning feature during a session.
- Creating Accessible Documents - video and text guidance for creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PDF.
- Disability Inclusion Toolkit - practical guidance about supporting disabled students at UAL.
- Inclusive remote teaching and learning (PDF 941 KB) - explore an inclusive and compassionate approach to teaching and learning.
- Distance teaching across multiple time zones (PDF 89 KB) - how to schedule timed assessments and real-time activities.
- Managing tutorials across different levels of internet access (PDF 98 KB) - how to plan one-to-one tutorials online.
Watch our video resources
Our scheduled series of digital learning staff development sessions has ended, but you can watch session recordings and review related resources designed to prepare course teams for the transition from face-to-face to fully online teaching.
Course teams can request course-specific development sessions by emailing Digital Learning Support (email@example.com)
Inclusive Distance Teaching
Exploring a range of inclusive and compassionate strategies for teaching students online
Distance Teaching Core Practice
Exploring UAL’s core approach to distance teaching using Moodle as a platform. We offer a simple framework to help you make the transition from face-to-face to online teaching. Before watching, read the UAL Distance Teaching Core Practice Guide (PDF, 169KB).
Designing Forum based learning activities
Exploring a simple framework for designing and facilitating online learning activities using Moodle forums. Before watching our session, watch this short introduction to e-tivities presented by Professor Gilly Salmon and read the Moodle Forums Quick Start Guide (PDF 321KB). Use the Etivity template and example (PDF 130 KB) while you watch.
If you're new to Moodle or need a basics refresher, this session will help you navigate Moodle, add content and use Forums and Announcements to stay connected with your students.
Microsoft Teams should be used for small groups only (up to 7 people) in either course team collaboration or meetings with students.
Please note: more people are using these online services than ever before. This can cause disruption so it’s important not to rely only on Teams for teaching.
- Microsoft Teams Quick Guide (PDF 239 KB) - how to create and join a meeting, chat with participants, share a presentation and leave a meeting
- Using Microsoft Teams for Online Meetings - videos on creating and joining a meeting, navigating the toolbar and sharing a presentation
- Recording using Microsoft Teams (PDF 350 KB) - how to record and download presentations
Why Moodle and Collaborate Ultra?
- They provide structure and a central location to engage with students.
- They support groups of different sizes and already have the relevant groups for teaching.
- Both platforms are GDPR and data protection compliant.
- They make learning accessible and inclusive
- Moodle allows students to work in a self-paced manner.
- Moodle works well on slow connections and across time-zones.
- Moodle is good at managing ‘contact points’ for student engagement and handling online submission of assessed work.