Center for Online Learning
Isidore Training Modules

Below are training modules and lessons developed by the Center for Online Learning to help folks use Isidore, UD's learning management system.

In an effort to support faculty, the Center for Online Learning has provided a template with a set of standard tools and organization guided by best practices and student needs from which instructors can create their course sites for the new semester. With everyone learning how to use the same tools in Isidore, we can provide more effective training that will help guide you step-by-step through creating polished Isidore sites that are easy and consistent for students to navigate.

Completing this training package should take no longer than an hour and a half. We recommend starting with the very first lesson, but you can also jump to the lessons you need by exploring the outline within this training package.

Lessons in this Training Module

3: Taking the First Steps

Beginning to add content to Isidore.

4: Creating & Adding Your Course Content

Building your course's content in Isidore.

5: Streamlining Communications

Learn how to keep your students on track throughout the semester by establishing a communication plan.

6: Assessing Your Students

Learn about techniques to assess your students' learning.

7: Maintaining Your Gradebook

Learn about the most popular Isidore tool among students.

8: Understanding the Calendar

Learn how you can create course calendar posts that help students stay on track.

9: Facilitating Zoom Sessions

A quick dive into the different ways to access Zoom and how to create and schedule meetings.

Time Estimate Est. 15 min

If you're brand new to Isidore, or just need a complete refresher, pop into any of the lessons below to learn the fundamentals. The topics covered include background information about Isidore, basic navigation and layout of the system, and the site creation process.

Lessons in this Training Module

1: What Is Isidore?

And what does it do?

2: Getting Started with Isidore

Logging in and adding a profile picture.

3: Course Site Creation

Create Isidore sites for your classes.

Time Estimate Est. 45 min

These lessons cover the basics of the most commonly (and easily) used tools in Isidore. We recommend including all of these tools in your course sites -- BUT only if you really do plan on using them. Don't add tools that you won't use!

Lessons in this Training Module

1: Text Editor

Many useful features are hidden in this magic box.

2: Overview

Your course landing page. Use it well.

3: Syllabus

Don't add it as a Word Doc.

4: Announcements

More effective than yelling over students as they walk out the door.

5: Resources

Keep this tool organized!

6: Roster

Get to know your students. Well, at least their faces.

7: Attendance

Track your students' attendance.

8: Calendar

You should add this one. Students like it.

Time Estimate Est. 35 min

This set of lessons introduces the concepts of digital accessibility in the context of teaching here at the University of Dayton. Additional Resources are provided with each module to provide optional, in-depth training to complete your understanding of how to make all of your course content accessible.

Lessons in this Training Module

1: Visual Disabilities

How can you make your content accessible for students with visual impairments?

2: Auditory Disabilities

How can you make your content accessible for students with hearing impairments?

3: Cognitive, Motor, & Other Disabilities

How can you make your content accessible for students with cognitive, motor, and other disabilities?

4: Accessible Documents

How can you make your files, such as Word and Powerpoint, accessible for students with disabilities?

5: Accessibility of Outside Materials

If you intend to use materials that you do not produce yourself, how can you be sure they are accessible?

Time Estimate Est. 20 min

Let us introduce you to Zoom, the University of Dayton’s chosen platform for video conferencing. While Zoom is primarily used for synchronous learning and web conferencing, there are some unique ways you can use Zoom to enhance your face to face class and increase student engagement. This training module will explain the potential uses, how to acquire zoom, navigate the zoom room, and utilize the best practices for facilitating a synchronous session.

Lessons in this Training Module

1: Getting Ready to Zoom

Activating your account and downloading Zoom.

2: Zoom Classroom Basics

Learn the basic tools of the Zoom classroom.

3: Synchronous Teaching Pedagogy

How to ensure student engagement and collaboration are a part of your synchronous teaching.

Time Estimate Est. 36 min

What is Warpwire and why should I use video in my course site?

Warpwire is a secure video storage and sharing product. The tool is a great way to optimize your videos for easy streaming by students in your course site. Anyone with a valid UD username and password can easily upload videos and share them with UD and non-UD users — anywhere, anytime, on just about any modern device. Warpwire is accessible via a secure website or an Isidore course site.

In this video we discuss how video can enhance your course site with video and how to share them via Warpwire. We provide a basic introduction to Warpwire and its most common uses and purpose.

Lessons in this Training Module

1: The Basics of Warpwire

Learn how to add the Warpwire tool and upload content.

2: Settings and Organization

Learn how to rename, replace, tag, and sort the videos in your Warpwire libraries.

3: Embedding Videos in Isidore

Learn about the various ways you can embed Warpwire videos in Isidore.

4: Increasing Interactivity with Videos

Learn about the Interactive Video Learning App and explore analytics.

5: Creating Central Course Libraries

Create a central library for your course videos.

6: Analytics in Warpwire

Learn how to see which students are watching which parts of your videos.