CONTENTS   |   WELCOME   |   LESSON 1   |   LESSON 2   |   LESSON 3   |   LESSON 4  |   LESSON 5

Welcome to the Course!Hunting & Gathering 101


Welcome to Hunting & Gathering 101: Survival Skills for New Online Teachers.

It’s great to have you here.

Teaching online for the first time is pretty daunting.
So if you’re more than a little nervous, don’t worry – that’s normal!

I can clearly remember my first few weeks in e-learning territory.

I had almost 200 students enrolled in several subjects I’d never taught before.

And yes, I’d heard of Blackboard, the Learning Management System I’d apparently be using.

But I had no idea how it worked!

I admit it: beneath my can-do attitude and confident smile, I was frankly terrified.


I felt like I was suddenly living in caveman times.
Now it was all about survival.


With a grunt of fear and a tug on my saber tooth tiger-skin loincloth, I realized it was make or break time.

So I set out to learn how to find a dry cave, start a fire, and find the berries that were safe to eat.

It wasn’t easy, but I did it.

I survived that first semester – just!
Now, 10 years later, I’m helping other people do the same.


Your own journey doesn’t have to be so traumatic.


You’re about to get a crash course in online teaching survival skills.

Before you know it, you’ll be sitting by a roaring fire, feasting on a haunch of woolly mammoth.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Lesson 1: How to Crush Your Fears With a Big Wooden Club