Instructor Support

How to request a training guide or one-time consultation for online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses

Directly email Ellyn Buchanan, learning technologist, at Ellyn will reply within 3 business days to schedule a consultation. If the project is large, Ellyn will direct the requester to the E-Learning Request Form.

In addition to online course development, ELS provides ongoing support for instructors and students in online courses. We also continually seek ways to improve support for academic technologies that are used to help meet learning goals and improve student and instructor experience. Finding time to research or experiment with technology is a challenge. Whether you are looking for a quick fix or want to plan something larger, we are here to help.

SPH Moodle Template

All SPH courses can integrate the SPH Moodle Template, which is grounded in best practices for course design, and has been tested at the University’s usability lab and built in consultation with the SPH student advisory board for e-learning.

When requesting a new Moodle course site, paste the SPH Moodle Template URL into the field that says “URL of Moodle course site to copy.”

AY 2016-2017 SPH Moodle Template URL:

Contact Jim Harpole at with questions.

Have a Moodle issue?

Contact Jim Harpole, distance education coordinator,, or consult the help guide.

Flipped, hybrid, blended courses and technology integration

Refer to our up-to-date list of online course guides, or request a custom training guide or consultation by emailing Ellyn Buchanan at

E-Reserves/Digital course packs

The U of M Libraries works with ELS to provide digital course materials (journal articles, scanned textbook chapters, etc.) for all online courses. Faculty teaching face-to-face and hybrid courses who are interested in decreasing textbook and course packet costs should contact Sara Hurley, ELS director, at

Learning asset management

Your course may include multimedia presentations, videos, or other files. ELS uses specific services to host these materials and their source files, and will make sure your course materials are appropriately managed. Questions? Contact Sara at

Gradebook optimization

Moodle’s gradebook can be confusing for faculty and students. If you would like advice on setting up your gradebook, we can help. Talk to your instructional designer or email Jim Harpole at

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