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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.
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Moodle guides

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.

More information

For more advice on teaching online, check:

Inclusive teaching and learning

Online delivery should reach and include all your students and impact positively on their digital wellbeing, engagement, retention and attainment.

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 (

Inclusive Distance Teaching

Exploring a range of inclusive and compassionate strategies for teaching students online

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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).

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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.

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Adapting your curriculum for teaching using Moodle

Discover the RASE Framework - a tool to help you use Moodle for Resources, Activities, Support and Evaluation for learning.

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Moodle Basics

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.

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Teaching Online with Collaborate Ultra

Exploring the basics of using the Collaborate Ultra ‘virtual’ classroom for teaching online. Before watching our session, watch this short video to learn how to set up a Collaborate Ultra session in your Moodle course.

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Intro to Workflow

Getting started with Workflow, UALs online e-portfolio and e-studio platform

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Microsoft Teams

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.

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.


You can submit a ticket through MySupport (now available off-site), email us at for support or get in touch with your college Digital Learning staff.