Getting Started with Online Teaching

You just got assigned to teach your first online course at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Maybe you have taught a few classes online before at other schools, maybe this is your first online class ever. Whatever the case, we have selected the following resources created here at UNCG to help you get started.

Step One: Learn the Tools:

  • Canvas Best Practices: This guide walks the user through setting up a Canvas course, developing modules and content for different topics, and writing quizzes and polls.
  • Understanding WebEx: This is UNCG ITS’s site about WebEx, the synchronous learning management system (SLMS) for holding synchronous meetings and classes online at UNCG.

Step Two: Make and Find Your Content:

  • Creating the Classic Narrated PowerPoint: This guide walks you through the process of creating and then uploading a narrated PowerPoint to Canvas. This is a popular way to share pre-existing content.
  • Best Practices for using video in online classes: This video of a presentation by Wade Maki (Department of Philosophy) sums up what video and audio technology is available to you on campus. It also looks at how to create effective video content.
  • Please make your content accessible for an online environment.
  • Be sure to use UNCG Libraries resources in your course: they come in many forms, are free, and come with librarians to assist you! UNCG Libraries has library liaisons for each department to make course specific Libguides and help you link to eBooks and streaming media. These eBook and Streaming Media guides showcase library materials that can be linked from your Canvas course or even, in the case of videos, played within Canvas (a process called embedding). Please email the Online Learning Librarian Samantha Harlow ( for assistance in integrating library materials in an online course.

Step Three:

Get to know your school’s wonderful Instructional Technology Consultant or Consultants! They should be your first stop if you have questions about setting up and running an online class.

Sandra Bates-Hart

School of Education

Anita Warfford

College of Arts & Sciences

Daniel E. Rice

School of Music, Theater and Dance

Jane Harris

School of Health and Human Sciences

Pam Howe

School of Health and Human Sciences

Aprille Black

Bryan School of Business

Rob Owens

Bryan School of Business   

Joy Pine-Thomas

School of Nursing