The ABC’s of Online Teaching

 by Dorothy Kropf

New online teachers, one way or another, find themselves stuck in their online classrooms.  Sometimes this happens in such opportune times, when we are in the middle of downloading content or creating modules.  Most Literature teachers have a great habit of teaching the vocabularies to the students first before assigning a reading material that contains those vocabularies.  That makes sense – a whole lot of sense.  This is why I compiled a list of resources from vocabularies to articles, mostly from excellent colleges and universities, in order to get us all acquainted with the online classroom lingo.  By learning the basic vocabulary, we can be more prepared into diving into our online classrooms to interactive lectures, quality assessments, and many other activities that online teachers have to remember before creating an online class.  I hope this helps every individual who reads this.  The links truly helped me.

This is a great read before diving into your LMS to download your course content and create announcements and determine which assessment tools you can use, after you build a tab and create content folders where your course content will be.

If you think this sentence is ridiculous, that’s exactly how I felt and that’s how some of the  “HOW TO” sites are written in the web.  

A to Z Online Teaching Glossary and Articles

Great Links to Explore the Online Learning Classroom Lingo

The link below is so far, my favorite – very simple | excellent for newbies |no heavy duty terms.


This link from the Northern Illinois University has a great layout of Blackboard words.  If you’re just learning Blackboard, this is a great link to start with.


San Jose City College has a great Blackboard vocabulary page because the icons are included – a plus for visual learners.


This link has the Angel 7.1 Instructor Reference Manual – the bible of Angel 7.1 produced by Mission College.


Oswego State University of New York has some useful ANGEL articles – the articles give you step-by-step instructions on how to perform certain tasks.



For Moodle users, Holy Cross has a PDF on the basics of using Moodle.  It is preferable that users download this first before getting into any Moodle vocabulary lists.



Marywood University has a link with Basic Moodle Terminology – video included.  The link can also point you to “how to’s” related to rubrics, quizzes, assignments, and many more.



Below is a link from Marywood University’s with YouTube videos of how to work with Moodle



The link below contains the “frequently used words” in an online classroom.



Learning House also has 2 minute video tutorials




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