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When teaching remotely, carefully plan how course information will be delivered. It should be well-organized and easy to find from the student’s point of the view.

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1. Organize course information in an identifiable structure

Information that is clearly and logically organized and explicitly structured is easier to locate, process, and integrate. Organize content into easily identifiable, self-contained sections, and design a structure that facilitates your students’ progress while scaffolding their exposure to new information.


  • eClass' ‘Add an activity or resource’ function enables the instructor to organize content materials through a variety of formats and resources.
  • Moodle Preview allows instructors to experiment with these tools and create different layouts and structures until they find one that fits the needs of the course and students best.
  • Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist (Preparing for Success section)

Best practices

  • Section your content by creating small blocks or units that do not require extensive scrolling from students to get through.
  • Introduce simple hierarchies (e.g., bulleted lists with no more than three different types of bullets/levels).

2. Create a predictable schedule

Ensure that your course structure is informed by the time requirements needed to cover the material. Repeat the structure and schedule weekly to build familiarity.


  • eClass’ Scheduler tools enables the instructor to set up, change, or cancel appointments with individual students or student groups.
  • Most activities in eClass allow the instructor to set their availability, deadline, and several other scheduling-related properties.

Best practices

  • Create and communicate a consistent timeframe for activity and assignment completion.
  • Use reminders and other forms of communication to keep student progress on track.
  • Build in flexible deadlines when possible, giving students a generous window of time to complete coursework.

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