Best Practices/Tips for Success

Use the LMS to Increase Teaching Efficiency

A Streamlined Process

  • All communications with students (including feedback on assignments and grades) are in one location.
  • Reduce paper use, create assignment dropboxes and online exams.
  • Add, remove, store, and delete course materials within the course space instead of in multiple locations.
  • Monitor required group interaction by requiring use of the LMS discussion tool.

Better Grading

  • Electronic grade book allows the instructor to grade and the students to access those grades in a secure (FERPA-approved manner) at any time.
  • Grade book can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection.
  • Grade book auto-calculates both overall grade and individual assignment/exam grades.


  • Keep your course space well organized with each item located in an aptly named folder
  • Post Once: Avoid posting the same information in multiple locations.
  • Dates & Point Values: Keep deadlines and points on your course schedule or syllabus only instead of sprinkling them throughout the course space.
  • Convert to PDF: When possible, convert documents to PDFs to ensure that students with varying versions of word processing software can access your documents.
  • Post Tech Help Policies: Post the IT Help Desk’s contact information and your policy about missing assignments or exams due to “technical” issues on your syllabus.

Increase Student Engagement

  • Students have 24/7 access to posted resources, announcements, grades, etc.
  • Students can email from within the course space to fellow classmates.
  • Reduce classroom barriers through increased communication.
    • Schedule live office hours
    • Promote asynchronous discussion
    • Invite guest participants to join discussions
  • Utilize the assessment tool for self-assessments.
  • Absent students can check for updated content, schedules, and announcements without requesting information individually.
  • Students can view current information, such as links to websites, articles, videos and other multimedia as well as critical course information such as the syllabus, assignment instructions and course calendar.