Getting Starting Tips

This is example content only and will be modified to meet the needs of each program page.

Before Your First class

  • Attend a training session - The Center for Research and Study conducts a group orientation session prior to the start of each term and provides individualized training as well. Contact Vickie Eggers for more information.
Vickie Eggers
Director of Faculty Support & Distance Education
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • Review the Moderator Overview section of this site for an overview and step by step guides of available tools to control your on-line class.  
  • Gain familiarity with the platform by logging into your on-line class in advance of your scheduled course time.  LLM and/or IT staff are glad to perform a pre-class confirmation session with you before the start of the term so you can practice conducting your course on-line. 

 Before Each Class

  • Login to your on-line course at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • Run the audio setup wizard.  This is important because it optimizes the audio settings for your on-line session.  
  • Load your PowerPoint and any other materials in advance so you don't have to do this once your class starts.  In the event you need to switch to a slide out of order, or consult your slides without projecting them to your students, simply uncheck the follow me option within your slide control panel.
  • You will be prompted to start a recording each time you begin your on-line course.  The recording is automatically available after each class and is a great tool for allowing your students to review a topic they may have missed and/or view the entire session in the event they experienced a technical issue that kept them from participating on-line.
General Tips
  • Use a headset when conducting your class. Do not use your computer's built-in speakers or any external speakers. Doing so may cause your microphone to pick up the sound from your speakers and result in feedback that will disrupt the session.
  • Ask participants in your course to turn on their microphone (by pressing the talk button) only when talking.  This reduces disruptions such as barking dogs, rustling papers, and other sounds from any of the participant locations from impacting the conference audio for the entire class.