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Preparing for Fall 2020

One of the things that makes Moody College among the very best in the world is our unyielding commitment to outstanding teaching, regardless of the circumstances. We are widely respected on campus and beyond for our caring and compassionate teachers who create a supportive learning environment and achieve outstanding student outcomes. 

As we move toward the Fall 2020 semester in the midst of the resurgent coronavirus pandemic, we are facing the reality that most Moody College courses will be delivered in online or hybrid format. Therefore, it is incumbent on each and every instructor to strive for the same level of teaching excellence in their online or hybrid courses as they would achieve in their in person courses.

As you as you re-imagine student learning in the digital space, begin by reviewing Moody College Minimum Requirements for Online Teaching and Five Principles for Teaching Online

Please explore our new Online Teaching and Learning website. It includes information on how to design an online course, teach an online course, use technology, and whom to ask for help. The site is organized around questions instructors commonly have when starting to teach online. 

Where to Get Help

We invite you to contact moodyonline@austin.utexas.edu if you have questions or would like to request a 1-1 consultation to help prepare your fall course. Or visit the Ask for Help page on our web site to find someone with the expertise you need.

For 24/7 Canvas technical support, click the Help (?) icon in the left navigation panel of Canvas to see phone numbers or link to a support representative via text chat.

UT’s educational technology support team provides live virtual training on Canvas, Zoom, Panopto, and ProctorioRecorded training is also available for on-demand support. You can schedule a one-on-one consultation.

Canvas, Zoom, Panopto, and Proctorio Training: Register for a live virtual training or view a recorded training session. You can schedule a one-on-one consultation with a Canvas expert.

UT’s Canvas Training Center provides numerous web-based on-demand tutorials on Canvas, Zoom, and Proctorio. You can also search the Canvas Guides for answers to common questions.

Numerous Panopto training videos are available.

For specific Canvas problems or questions, contact IT support staff at Canvas@utlists.utexas.edu.

For specific Zoom problems or questions, contact IT support staff at Zoom@utexas.edu.

For general technical support within Moody College M-F 8am-5pm:


Our mission is to support effective teaching and meaningful learning within the Moody College of Communication. We do this through individual consultation with faculty, managing strategic learning initiatives, and contributing to the design and development of new courses and programs.

Consultation Services

We are happy to work with you to address any issues related to course design (or redesign), classroom teaching, or teaching with technology. Whether you teach a face-to-face, blended, or online course, our primary focus is helping you achieving the desired learning outcomes. Our approach is grounded in evidence-based principles of teaching and learning. Please don’t hesitate to contact moodyonline@austin.utexas.edu if we can help with any of the following: 

    • Designing a new course, or redesigning an existing course
    • Adapting a face-to-face class for online delivery
    • Developing an inclusive, accessible syllabus
    • Defining the measurable learning outcomes
    • Planning assessments and rubrics that are aligned with the outcomes
    • Developing strategies for meaningful student engagement and collaboration
    • Incorporating experiential learning into your course
    • Improving course instructor survey response rate
    • Create or revise teaching material for technology-enhanced learning
    • Addressing a specific learning gap or teaching challenge

We welcome your ideas and input on how to better serve the teaching and learning needs of the Moody College community.

Please explore the resources below. Watch this space as we will be adding more information and resources in the future.

Online Course Resources

Designing, developing, and teaching an online course presents unique challenges and requires a different mindset than a face-to-face class. I welcome the opportunity to work with you if you need to design an online course or convert a traditional course for online delivery. 

Best Practice in Online Courses (PDF)

Guidelines for Reviewing Online Courses (PDF)

Pre-Review Conversation Prompts (Word)

Online Course Review Form (Word)

Improving Course Instructor Survey (CIS) Return Rate

Improving CIS/eCIS Return Rate (PDF)

Research Summary-Improving CIS/eCIS Return Rate (PDF)

Inclusive Teaching Resources

UT Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Accessible Syllabus Template 2019 (Word)

Inclusive Teaching Strategies Checklist (PDF)

Implementing Inclusive Teaching Practices (PDF)

Guidelines for Inclusive Language in Course Titles and Descriptions




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