Content Creation Tools

Content Creation Tools

Learn how to create online content to support Mountaineers programs during the pandemic ... and beyond!

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Host an Online Meeting

Use this form to request a Zoom meeting for your online meeting. 

Online Meeting Request Form

The Mountaineers has a limited number of paid Zoom licenses. If your meeting does not require the more robust features offered by Zoom, please consider setting-up your meeting on a free platform like Google Hangouts or Skype. These are great options for smaller committee meetings and save the use of our Zoom licenses for larger or more complex meetings. 

Tips & Tricks

Check out our How To: Virtual Event Best Practices blog for some tips and tricks to make your next event online meeting a success from start to finish. 

CREATE ONLINE CURRICULUM

Is there a seminar or course you’ve always wanted to teach? Do you have an idea for how to present one of your course lectures in a new format? Consider writing or reformatting your curriculum and sharing it with other Mountaineers as a way to stay active and connected. From how-to videos to coaching and feedback sessions to live lectures with small-group breakout, online learning can take a variety of forms. 

Once established, online lectures can also reduce the strain on volunteer resources/capacity, and many of our volunteers are finding that they can be just as effective! Doing the legwork now to move course lectures online can pay dividends later for next year’s course.

To help you format and organize your curriculum, we’ve created a series of Creating Virtual Curriculum at The Mountaineers courses on Google Classroom. The purpose of these courses is two-fold in that we’re providing a list of tools and resources via a free and user-friendly format that you can then use to develop your own online curriculum. 

In an effort to make things simple, accessible, and low cost, we’re opting to use the Google suite of tools wherever possible. This is one set of tools among endless options. If you find another tool that you like using, please  share it with us via the feedback form in this Google course. 

To access these courses:

  • Navigate to classroom.google.com
  • Log in to your Google account. (You'll need a free Google account if you don’t have one already.)
  • Select the + symbol on the top right and select "Join class" 
  • Enter the class code: see courses below for code
  • Click "Classwork" at the top of your screen

Structuring Virtual Curriculum

This course covers the basics of teaching remotely, structuring content online using various methods and tools, and how to run effective video conferences. 

  • Class Code: dcugy4a

Learn Google Classrooms

This course covers how to use Google Drive and the tools it comes with, and how to use Google Classrooms, a free tool to help you run your class virtually.

  • Class Code: qcnorhm

Video Creation

This course covers how to make video content in a variety of ways. We cover how to pre-record presentations and lectures. It will also show you how to make video content without fancy tools or extra equipment, all for free. For the motivated and interested volunteer, this course also has tutorials on how to make more advanced videos.

  • Class Code: no4tp6z

Our Google Classrooms content is still evolving. We've turned our Virtual Curriculum courses into a modular format to make it easier for volunteers to find what they need. We are continuing to update this content. If you have feedback, please fill out our Virtual Curriculum Feedback form listed in each course.

Sample Language & Templates

As you transition your programming online, visit our Sample Language & Templates page for a collection of useful text blurbs and templates to use in your online program listings and email communications. 

Sample Language & Templates

Redesigning outdoor education

Staff is periodically offering Redesigning Outdoor Education webinars during the pandemic to provide volunteers with the tools they need to run online and hybrid courses. Topics have included easy video editing, tips and tricks for administering small-group courses, and pricing during the pandemic. 

Looking for an upcoming session? Search the website for "Redesigning Outdoor Education" and filter by events. You can also find all upcoming sessions listed on the Virtual Events & Activities Calendar

View Past Recordings & Resources

Volunteer Success Stories

Looking for inspiration? Virtual content can take a number of different formats, and as our community adapts to the digital world, we're collecting ideas, tips, and how-to's to help you be successful. Check out our Volunteer Success Stories for examples and resources for creating successful virtual programming. 

Volunteer Success Stories

Mountaineers Style Guide

Please follow The Mountaineers publication style guide when posting or managing any content on the website. We encourage volunteers to use our logo, fonts, and colors when creating online course content (ex: presentation slides, course handouts, etc).

Mountaineers style guide