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Online Instruction Resources

Summer Training Opportunities


These sessions will focus on content, sharing ideas and actualizing teaching philosophies — helping instructors begin to visualize how they can best utilize their individual teaching styles via some particular realm of online instruction.

Each online workshop will have a cap of 10 participants. Participants will need to sign up in advance. When you sign up using the Google Form for the session, you will receive a link to that session's training platform (typically Google Meets or Zoom). If a training session is recorded, we will link to that video here following the session.

Can't make a training? Have a specific question? Our faculty trainers (our Online Instructional Champions) have provided drop-in virtual office hours for one-on-one consultations with you as needed. See more about our OICs, their areas of expertise, and their office hours below.

Increasing Student EngagementTuesday, June 16 at 11 AM
Workshop Instructor: Matt Farmer

This workshop will discuss practices and tips discovered during the spring 2020 semester. These practices are designed to increase student engagement during on-line lectures and synchronous classes, as well outside of scheduled class times.

The password for the recorded training is 0P!00W&6 (note that the "0"s are zeros).

WATCH Recorded Training (password: 0P!00W&6) 
Making Expectations ClearWednesday, June 17 at 10 AM
Workshop Instructor: Matt Farmer

This workshop will discuss practices for making class expectations clear for on-line learning prior to and during the semester. These practices are designed to reduce student anxiety, increase student participation and decrease instructor frustration.

The password for the recorded training is 2f+%9a@3
Exam Construction & Exam SecurityTuesday, June 23 at 11 AM
Workshop Instructors: Aaron Franzen and Ginny McDonough

This workshop will explore how to create and administer exams online and ideas for reducing opportunities for unethical behavior.

SIGN UP (This session is full) 
Basic Video Capture for Synchronous and Asynchronous Courses Monday, June 29 at 10 AM and Tuesday, July 14 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructor: Paul DeYoung

In this workshop I will show how I capture material during a standard F2F lecture (for use by students not present for any of a variety of reasons), and how I have captured material for asynchronous viewing by students.  Some basic editing of captured material will be shown. I use Camtasia and/or Snagit, but some general tricks that have been learned will also be included. Note that these videos are not studio quality, high-end videos. Rather they are a “good enough” product that allows me to spend time preparing the lectures without being overwhelmed by spending time processing videos.

SIGN UP for June 29 (This session is full)

SIGN UP for July 14 (This session is full) 

Synchronous and Asynchronous Course Delivery (Focused on Delivery of Content)Tuesday, June 30 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructor: Paul DeYoung

Physics 105 is a content delivery course that I have taught for over a decade and delivered in a variety of ways including, F2F, distance, synchronously, asynchronously, tradition style and flipped styles using video capture in one way or another.  I will present a variety of tips and tricks learned over the years about delivery, processing, facilitating questions during synchronous distance learning, helping with homework, and office hours.

Please note that this is content delivery with very little student-student interaction or discussion. See the July 8 workshop "Building a Learning Community Online" and the July 10 workshop "Active Learning Online" for information about ways to effectively include that aspect.

SIGN UP (This session is full) 

Accessible Digital ContentTuesday, June 30 at 1 PM and Tuesday, July 7 at 1 PM

Workshop Instructor: Carrie Dattels

Start simple and start now. We will review multiple strategies and tools for proactively increasing access for a wide variety of learners during the creation of course materials and presentations.

SIGN UP for June 30 (This session is full) 

SIGN UP for July 7 

Building a Learning Community OnlineWednesday, July 8 at 10 AM and Wednesday, July 15 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructors: Marissa Doshi & Stephen Maiullo

One of the biggest concerns that professors have about online and remote learning is about our ability to replicate the intimacy and community of the in-person class. This workshop aims to present some basic strategies and tools to build a community of learners in synchronous and asynchronous online courses. In this workshop, we will share some of our own experiences about what has worked for us (and, of course, what hasn't) and we will invite participants to brainstorm with us about how they might transform, adapt and reimagine community for the virtual classroom.

SIGN UP for  July 8 (This session is full) 

SIGN UP for  July 15 (This session is full) 

Student Collaborative ProjectsThursday, July 9 at 10 AM and Thursday, July 16 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructor: Marcus Fila

This workshop will look at how to create and manage engaging student collaborative projects; and assess student participation and performance in an online setting.  

SIGN UP for Thursday, July 9 (This session is full) 

SIGN UP for Thursday, July 16 (This session is full) 

Active Learning OnlineFriday, July 10 at 10 AM and Monday, July 13 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructors: Marissa Doshi & Marcus Fila

This workshop explores how to use active learning strategies in an online setting.

SIGN UP for July 10 (This session is full) 

SIGN UP for July 13 (This session is full) 

Online Instructional Champions: 1-on-1 Consultations

Share your ideas, activities and questions/concerns with a faculty instructional champion. These 20-minute individual consultations will be guiding sessions.

Click on the name of an Online Instructional Champion to see their experience and sign up for a consultation.

Many thanks to these faculty and staff members for making themselves available this summer to share their expertise or experience with online learning with their colleagues.

Carrie Dattels (Disability & Accessibility Resources)

Photo of Carrie DattelsCarrie Dattels has been an accessibility specialist for Disability and Accessibility Resources since 2016. Since the transition to remote teaching and learning, Carrie has been advocating for simple steps to increase accessible content and presentations. Using principles of universal design for learning, Carrie encourages instructors to create content and to use teaching methods that remove barriers specifically for students with known disabilities as well as all other students.

Tools used: rev.com, built in features of Google docs and Word, a variety of screen readers, tactiq pins chrome extension, Kurzweil, AI voice recognition, etc.
Discussion Areas: Creating accessible digital content and giving accessible presentations.

SIGN UP for a meeting with Carrie (T 10-11:30 AM, W 12:30-1:30 PM) 

Paul DeYoung (Physics)
Paul DeYoung photo

Paul has taught both synchronous and asynchronous courses; he is currently teaching an asynchronous physics course during the Summer 2020 term. He his happy to have you view his Moodle course. Paul would like to emphasize that “it’s not about the technology” and implores us to keep “sharing our concern for students.”

Tools used: Camtasia, Snagit, Google Meet
Discussion Areas: Producing and editing videos, online labs and simulations, simpler course content delivery

SIGN UP for a meeting with Paul (M-Th 10:00-11:00 AM) 

Marissa Doshi (Communication)

Dr. DoshiMarissa utilized both asynchronous and synchronous modalities during the swift switch to remote instruction this Spring 2020 semester. She “prioritizes clarity from day one” of the course; she re-emphasized this standard during remote instruction. She is a fan of Moodle and blends her instructional approaches with multiple Moodle tools (e.g., discussion forums, linked competencies) to provide consistent feedback to help students see “how they have developed intellectually” throughout the course.  

Tools used: Loom, Google Meet
Discussion Areas: Active learning online, building an online learning community

SIGN UP for a meeting with Marissa (T/Th 3:00-4:20 PM) 

Matthew Farmer (Dance)
Professor Farmer

Matt focused on synchronous instruction in his courses, including having remote, live accompaniment for his dance classes. During the move to remote instruction, Matt shifted the remaining course schedule. As he states, “this gave me permission to go deeper.” The move to remote instruction allowed him to more readily have guest lectures by colleagues from across the nation, include alumni participation in his dance classes, and find more creative and impactful ways to conduct class time. Matt noted that “sharing my learning curve with the students” was one thing that helped him “connect deeper with students as individuals.”

Tools used: Zoom, Google.Meet, FaceTime, iMovie
Discussion Areas & Training Sessions: Making expectations clear, increasing student engagement

SIGN UP for a meeting with Matt (M 9-12PM) 

Marcus Fila (Management)
 Dr. FilaMarcus produced pre-recorded videos in an effort to “build flexibility for students.” He used synchronous instructional time mainly for small group discussions of case-studies via online break-out rooms. Additionally, Marcus utilized electronic textbooks and associated software to complement his dedication to one-on-one communication with students. As he states, “we are not surrendering our core values of education but are using available tools to support teaching goals and philosophies.”       

Tools used: Zoom, Voice Thread
Discussion Areas & Training Sessions: Active learning online, student-collaborative projects, online small group discussions

SIGN UP for a meeting with Marcus (T/Th 9-10:30 AM) 

Aaron Franzen (Sociology)

Dr. FranzenAaron utilized pre-recorded lectures and  synchronous instructional approaches to deliver discussion-driven lectures in his courses this past semester, including a major capstone course. He combined student break-out groups, Moodle tools and live meetings to help build and support relationships as well as support students in the completion of research proposals. Aaron reminds us that though it all, we must demonstrate that “we are people teaching people.”

Tools used: Camtasia, Zoom, Whiteboard on Microsoft Surface
Discussion Areas & Training Sessions: Exam construction & security

SIGN UP for a meeting with Aaron (variable times/days) 
Stephen Maiullo (Classics)

Dr. Stephen Maiullo PhotoSteve has developed and implemented both synchronous and asynchronous courses. He is willing to let you view his Moodle page for the cultural heritage course he is teaching during this Summer 2020 term. Steve utilizes discussion forums, pre-recorded lectures and other focused online approaches to “develop a communion of souls” in his online courses.

Tools used: Camtasia, Loom, Zoom
Discussion Areas & Training Sessions: Producing & editing videos, building a learning community online

SIGN UP for a meeting with Steve (M 11-12PM, W 1:30-2:30 PM, F 1-2 PM)  
Virginia McDonough (Biology)
Dr. Mcdonough 

During the transition to remote teaching and learning, Ginny used both asynchronous and synchronous elements in her lecture and laboratory courses. She utilized online student groups for continued promotion of collaborative learning. Ginny is an experienced Moodle user and is the current Academic Computing Committee Chair. Her use of Moodle tools enabled her to implement her long-lasting dedication to helping students “learn the content and apply it.” She reminds us that we can “learn a lot by listening to our students” to facilitate our continual development in the realm of online instruction. While not an expert in remote teaching and learning, Ginny is willing to think through pedagogy and help find the right tools.

Tools used: Zoom
Discussion Areas & Training Sessions: Exam construction & security

SIGN UP for a meeting with Ginny (M-W, 10-11 AM) 

Computing and Information Technology

CIT staff members are available to help troubleshoot technology issues. Visit their Online Teaching Tools page for information about using online resources.  These resources include how to make the most of Moodle and video conferencing via Google Meet.

If you are having issues with your Hope College computer or have other technology needs, please submit a work order.

See the Online Teaching Tools information page 

One-on-One support 


Kate Maybury and Tom Ludwig are available to meet individually to discuss using Moodle to deliver course content. (A helpful webpage for Moodle is also available here.)

Kate Maybury
       is available to meet individually or with small groups via videoconference (using Google Meet) to discuss any aspect of Moodle — including tips about using Moodle in your course — or Google Meet. Email her at
      to set up an appointment, then go to
      to join the videoconference at the time of the appointment.
Tom Ludwig is available to meet individually or with small groups via videoconference (using Google Meet) to discuss any aspect of Moodle — including tips about using Moodle in your course — or Google Meet. Email him at ludwig@hope.edu to set up an appointment, then go to  https://meet.google.com/vcw- nquf-wni to join the videoconference at the time of the appointment.
Google Meet

Leo Herzog is available to help with Google Meet integration. (A helpful webpage for Google Meet is also available here.)

Digital Librarian
Faculty are welcome to reach out to Digital Liberal Arts Librarian Tori Longfield for individual meetings to discuss lecture capture options/technology, critically think through ways to facilitate digital project needs, and more. Book an appointment if interested. 

Divisional & Departmental Technology Champions

Want to talk with a colleague? The following have self-identified as experienced and willing to help with Google Meet and Moodle.

If you'd like to be added to this list, please email provost@hope.edu. Many thanks to all for coming together so quickly!


Arts & Humanities Divisions

Anne Heath
      (Art & Art History)
Josh Kraut
      (World Languages & Cultures)
Lisa McGunigal
Regan Postma-Montano
      (English and World Languages & Cultures)
Daniel Woolsey
    (World Languages & Cultures)

Social Science Division

Tony Donk
Patricia Roehling
Lindsey Root Luna

Natural and Applied Science Division

Darin Stephenson
      (Mathematics & Statistics)
Mike Pikaart
Leah Chase
      (Biology & Chemistry)
Joanne Stewart
Google Meet

Arts & Humanities Divisions

Tatevik Gyulamiryan
      (World Languages & Cultures)
Daniel Woosley
    (World Languages & Cultures)

Social Science Division

Dierdre Johnston
Steven McMullen
      (Economics & Business)
Rachel Schutte
      (Political Science)
Morgan Wilson Glotfelty
    (Economics & Business)

Natural and Applied Sciences

Ryan McFall
       (Computer Science)
Aaron Welsch

Student Resources

For Students: Transition to Online Learning 

Taking Notes While Learning Online

In this short video using these PowerPoint slidesAssociate Provost Gerald Griffin encourages students to development additional active learning and note taking skills as they move to an online learning format. Point students to this video and the Cornell Note Taking System as additional resources. 

Difficulty Viewing Videos?

Dr. Vanessa Muilenberg offers the following advice to students who are struggling to access videos remotely.

Using the same software as YouTube, Google automatically encodes the uploaded file in different resolutions to allow for viewing on different devices and different levels of bandwidth (internet speed). Viewing these videos should be similar to any video hosted by YouTube. Depending on the speed of your internet connection there are some steps you can take if streaming the videos natively is not working well.

Set the streaming video quality to its lowest setting by selecting the gear icon in the lower right corner, then selecting 480p, if that doesn’t work, select 360p. Please note that the figures may be more difficult to read at these settings.

Download the video for offline viewing. Rather than stream the video it is possible to perform a local download of the file to your device. The upper right hand side of the video contains a number of controls. The icon with the down arrow is the download file icon. Click here and you can download the video to your local storage. If your internet speed is limited this may take some time, please plan accordingly.

View the videos on a mobile device. If your internet speeds are slow and you have an “unlimited” data plan on your phone or tablet you may be able to stream these videos over your data connection faster than your home internet.

Find more resources for students at the Remote Learning page.

Additional Resources

Your Hope-issued laptops come with a webcam and microphone installed.  Instruction and course creation should happen from home where possible. If you require resources from your office or classroom, you must have permission to come to campus first. Email campushealth@hope.edu to request permission.

VanWylen Library has a variety of resources to support online learning and will continue to update these resources over the next month.

Thinking about academic integrity? Test creation? Drs. Tom Ludwig, Barry Bandstra and Gerald Griffin have created this guide to enhance levels of academic integrity with online instruction.

See more online learning resources available from the library 

External Resources

GLCA Going Online Fast

       – updated frequently

Google Meet Grid View

     – An extension to Google Meet that allows faculty to see a grid view of all students.