Instructing Online Tips & Tricks

Reflections Using the Blog Tool in D2L

In some cases, reflections should be personal and private as you develop perspective on a professional topic. In other cases it is beneficial to post publicly so that you can partake in a global conversation about the same professional content. Using D2L allows for both.  Below you will find the steps to post a public blog entry and allow comments. Think about how you will curate comments about your post.








Instructor Presence is Key!

If you’re looking for ways to build ongoing professional relationships through an online course, nothing is better than an online webinar where your participants can see and hear you speak about your passion! 

Use the form below to book a session and ensure you have reviewed this checklist:

  1. Have you booked with one week’s notice?
  2. Have you prepared a 10 -15 slide presentation using PowerPoint or PDF for the webinar?
  3. Have you booked a guest speaker? (Optional)
  4. Do you have a good set of headphones and mic purchased to deliver the webinar?
  5. Upon submission of the form, did you email Anthony or Joe to notify them of your request in the queue?

Funny thing about the online webinar… pants are truly optional!!

An Introduction to OECTA’s Online AQ Learning Management System

Dead Links in Your Course?

Sometimes links don’t seem to work even though the address is correct. Follow this quick fix and you’ll be back on track.

Please remember to check that the address is actually working first!


Gangly Discussions Under Control!

One of the most common questions asked about managing online courses is about how to manage discussions. Most institutions use a set course that each instructor inherits and so creating discussions with group restrictions from scratch can be very onerous and may even conflict with approved materials by the governing body.

One way to manage your discussions using D2L is to create topics that act as rooms. For example – the Forum could be Cyberbullying and your Topics could be: Solutions Room 1; Solutions Room 2 and Solutions Room 3. That way, no changes to the topic have occurred but you have created smaller ‘discussion rooms’ to share ideas.

This does two things that benefit your course: The instructor can keep up with the smaller discussions in each ‘room’ and your participants need not sift through tens and tens of postings.

I’ve provided a written instruction guide below as well as a video tutorial below that.

Step By Step Instructions.

 Video Tutorial: