Tools and Tips for Teaching Online

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Your Sakai site is your "hub" for all class activities.

Sakai Training

  • Instructors must complete the Intro to Sakai online workshop before they can get access to their Sakai sites.
  • Intermediate Sakai - All instructors who do not have online teaching experience should register for and complete this workshop!
  • Both workshops are online and self-paced. For more details see Sakai Training.
  • TO REGISTER: Visit

More tools for online instruction


Create simple videos or audio recordings


To learn more:

Narrating PowerPoints

Convert PowerPoints into video lectures


To learn more:
Narrating PowerPoints and Sharing Them on Warpwire

Sakai Meetings

Hold "live" online meetings with your students


To learn more:
Sakai Meetings (BigBlueButton)

Teaching and managing your online class

Durham Tech's Online Course Guidelines
The college's expectations for teaching online, laid out in 23 succinct guidelines. Click "Expand" to the right of a guideline to view additional information and resources.

Attendance Rules for Online, Hybrid, and Blended Classes (PDF)
Important info on planning course "entry" activities and maintaining attendance records to meet regulatory requirements.

How Do I Do That Online? (PDF)
Practical strategies for creating online activities in Sakai to replace common face-to-face class activities.

Opportunities for Social Interaction with Your Online Students (PDF)
Ideas for creating instructor presence in your online class.

Online Testing: Tips to Minimize Technical Problems and Deter Cheating (PDF)
Specific advice on the best settings to choose before publishing your test. Page 2 explains how to randomize test questions/answers.

Webinar trainings for faculty

Instructional Technologies is presenting webinars to keep faculty informed and to share tips and strategies for teaching online.

Visit the Instructional Technologies Webinars page for recordings and materials from past sessions.

Support and self-help

For instructors

  • Email with questions or problems.
    • BE SPECIFIC. Tell us your course & section number, the name of the specific test/quiz/forum/assignment, and the name of a specific student affected (if applicable).

For students

  • Contact Sakai Support - lists support options available, including how to contact the 24/7 Sakai Help Desk.
  • Sakai Help for Students has videos and FAQs to help students log in, post in a forum, take an online test, submit an assignment, and more.

More tips and resources

  • Digital Accessibility
    Tutorials, instructions, and checklists to help you create online content that is usable by all students.