Online Education & Innovation

Resources for Online Teaching

Institutes for Excellence in Online Education

 The Transition from In-Person to Online Learning

Moravian Canvas Instructional Courses

These courses have been designed by our Instructional designers to help faculty in the creation of their online courses. We encourage all faculty, whether new or experienced in online teaching, to visit these Canvas sights. If you have any questions you may contact anyone from the Instructional Designing Team or the Instructional Technologists.

  • Moravian Online Education Online Resources
    This Canvas shell ​consolidates the wide array of instructional materials that have been developed ​​over the years to support Moravian faculty. The resources include​ fundamental strategies for designing online courses according to Universal Design best practices, as well as professional development materials on the use of technologies such as Canvas, Zoom, YuJa, Respondus Lockdown Browser, and more. We invite you to explore these resources as you begin to develop your online course. In doing so, please keep in mind that you are not alone in this process. Our instructional designers and technologists are here to support you and guide you in designing an excellent online course.
  • Best Practices on Online Course
    This course includes information on how to design a course from scratch, how to create modules and organize your course, how you and your students can upload video content in your course using YuJa, and much more.
  • Faculty Technology Resources 
    This course begins by providing a complete list of contacts for how-to questions about Canvas, Zoom, YuJa, Turnitin, Qualtrics, or EvaluationKit. Under “2019-2020 Global Announcements” there are links to helpful updates about Zoom and other technologies. There is a section on Canvas updates, and there is information on YuJa, Zoom basics, and Zoom training. There is also a section on Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLB) and Monitor. 
  • Facilitating Online Courses 
    This course covers the following subjects: Introducing students to courses and course content; Synchronous or "live" session facilitation - via video conference; Asynchronous facilitation via discussion-type activities; Facilitating group work; Considerations for hybrid, remote access, or "Classroom Connect" courses; Technology tips for facilitation
  • Accessibility for Online Content 
    This course outlines basic steps you can take to help make your online course more accessible for students with accommodations.  
  • Discussion and Shared Resources Space 
    A place for faculty teaching online to share experiences and learn from one another.

For students

  • How to Take an Online Course
    This course provides students with basic information about what to expect in an online course. It also instructs them about the hardware and software they will need.  It provides students with links to training sessions on Zoom, Canvas, Google Suites, Microsoft 360, and virtual proctoring software 

Suggested Readings for Best Practices for Online Teaching

  • Online Teaching at its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research. Linda B. Nilson and Ludwika A Goodson. Jossey-Bass, 2018.
  • Small Teaching Online: Applying learning Science in Online Classes. Flower Darby with James M. Lang. Jossey-Bass, 2019.
  • The Online Teaching Survival Guide. Judith V Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad. Jossey-Bass 2016.
  • Thrive Online: A New Approach to Building Expertise and Confidence as an Online Educator. Shannon Riggs. Stylus Publishing, 2019.
  • Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling. West Virginia University Press, 2018. 
  • Minds Online: Teaching Effectively With Technology. Michelle D. Miller. Presidents and Fellows at Harvard College, 2014.

Apple Resources

Zoom Resources and Training Videos


  • Canvas - Instructional Videos

Lockdown Browser (Respondus)

  • How LockDown Browser Works
    • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
    • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh, and Stop
    • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops
    • Printing and screen capture functions are disabled
    • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
    • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts, and task switching are disabled
    • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
    • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers
  • Respondus Monitor
    • Respondus Monitor is a fully automated proctoring solution that enables students to take online exams at any time of the day or night, without pre-scheduling.
    • Students use a webcam to record themselves during an exam. A "startup sequence" guides them through requirements selected by the instructor, such as showing identification or making a short video of the exam environment.
    • Only the instructor can review video recordings and the results of the proctoring session. Powerful analytics are used to detect suspicious behaviors during an exam session. Video segments with potential exam violations are flagged for the instructor, with an overall risk level assigned to the exam session.

Google Docs

Alternatives to Zoom

  • Google Hangouts (up to 25 video participants)
  • Google Meet (up to 250 video participants)
  • Big Blue Button* (up to 50 video participants)
  • Facetime** (up to 32 video participants)
  • Skype (up to 25 video participants)

Below please find a link for Moravian’s “Knowledge Base” regarding online teaching and learning:

Zoom Capable Classrooms

  • Instructions for using Zoom in Classrooms

As of March 2020, this is available in the following rooms

  • Collier Hall of Science 123
  • Comenius 005, 101, 105, 111, 114, 305, 309
  • Memorial 202, 301, 302, 303
  • PPHAC 101, 102, 112, 113, 116, 117, 232, 233, 235, 302, 330, 335
  • SMU (Sally) 106, 113, 117, 121, 125, 129, 131, 223
  • Zinzendorf 100, 103

Upgrades In Progress

  • Art 007 
  • Collier Hall of Science 202, 204, 
  • SMU 113, 125
  • JH 102, 103*
  • Comenius 201, 213, 218, 304, 411
  • HILL 209, 309, 310
  • CHOS 106, 206, 300
  • PPHAC 103, 331, 301, 338
  • Brethren's 202, 203, 207, 222
  • Art 008, 009, 104
  • CHOS 200, 205 Seminar
  • SMU 105, 108, 216, 335
  • PPHAC 201

These would be considered "BYO Zoom" rooms. MacBook plus portable/temporary Zoom Kit.

  • CHOS Labs: 205, 208, 209, 301, 302, 303

Additional resources provided by Zoom:

Other Resources for Online Teaching and Learning

For Sciences and Labs JoVes



Other Resources

OEI Newsletter: June 2021 Issue: coming soon
Includes an interview with Bryan Alexander hosts Future Trends Forum, and the author of Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education (How will current trends transform American higher education over the course of the next twenty years?)

OEI Newsletter:  March 2021 Issue

Bookings: Revolutionizing Online Education: A Conversation with President Michael Crow

ROLLINSpire: Planning Our distinctive Learning Experiences

ROLLINSpire: Distinctive Learning Experiences: Can we identify the signature pedagogies of residential liberal arts institutions?

Higher Ed: 15 Fall Scenarios

Macalester: Equity and Inclusivity

EduCause Review: The Difference between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

eLearning Industry: The COVID-19 Online Dash: Implications for Online Teaching

Connecticut College: 11 Teaching-Focused Things to Consider when Moving Your Course Online

NT Times: "College made them feel equal. The virus exposed how unequal their lives are" 

Higher Ed: "As Times and Students Change, Can Faculty Change, Too?"