Tips for Teaching with Technology

Let your tech tools support, not hinder.

Course Structure

  • Start with the Learning Outcomes – map out how they will be met and/or assessed.
  • Make it Manageable: break content into modules or weeks – use “content buckets” or folders.
  • Use your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, etc): establish a Homepage or Announcements page with clear, reliable information.
  • Show the LMS: give your students a tour in Zoom.
  • Follow a predictable schedule: choose a Due Day
  • Let the Tools do the Work: use self-grading quizzes, automated grading rubrics, built-in plagiarism checkers, automated gradebook, etc – lighten your workload.
  • Name files consistently so students can find them when they download them: CRJ101 Syllabus, CRJ101 Assignment 2, CRJ101 Essay 3.

Class Community

  • Take attendance: say their names, get to know the students and they’ll learn about each other.
  • Use pre-class time for ice-breakers
  • Establish a consistent communication plan: Zoom on Monday and Wednesday, announcement/reminder email Friday.
  • Recognize emotions, exhaustion, stress: acknowledge it, discuss it, and move on.


  • Tools: be consistent. For example, do not set up one discussion in the LMS, the next discussion on Flipgrid, 3rd on Piazza, 4th on Twitter – choose one Discussion Tool and stick with it….
  • Flexibility: …..unless a tool isn’t working out, then talk about it as a group and make a change.
  • Breakout Rooms: use Zoom Breakout Rooms for Active Learning. See: Active Learning in Zoom
  • Knowledge Checks: Use Zoom Polls, Google Forms, or quizzes in your LMS frequently to check student understanding and/or preparedness.
  • Use LMS or publisher site for mastery quizzing.
  • Recording your class session? Ensure students’ privacy (FERPA). Ask if they’ll watch it.

General Tips

  • Establish clear rules for Zoom
  • Strive for Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Have a back-up plan
  • Use the right tool for the right purpose
  • Share clear goals with your students –> motivation!