Faculty Development

Get Up to Speed with Online Teaching

Get up to Speed with Online Teaching

CSUN faculty told us that they desired a hybrid program where they can learn on their own but have access to experts. So we designed it! 

This program combines live sessions and self-paced learning that covers best practices, techniques and tools to create content, facilitate and assess learning online. Faculty can opt in our weekly live Zoom sessions where we orient you to our online materials to review at your own pace. In addition, we will hold weekly live online teaching labs with instructional designers and instructional technologist who will answer all your questions. 

When is it?

This program will open on June 1st, 2020 with rolling enrollment all summer. Facilitation, live sessions and certificate eligibility will conclude on September 1st  [NOTE: Deadline extended from Aug 1, 2020]; however access to the program materials will remain open.

Who should enroll?

We are conscious that you may have low bandwidth to learn about online teaching or perhaps you want a refresher of what's new in eLearning; this flexible program might be perfect for your needs. Below are two considerations: 

Preference for Self-Paced: This program is ideal for faculty who don't want to commit to specific meeting times and enjoy learning independently & asynchronously through accessing readings, videos and navigating technical instructional steps online. This is not our traditional "sit next to you" facilitated program. But you can go at your own pace and even skip around to content in the course you want to learn more about. 

Basic Technology Skill Level: Faculty with some basic technical skill sets (Zoom & Canvas) are welcome to join. You will be guided to instructions on how to do several technical skill proficiencies. 

Is there funding?

Yes, $200 is available for those who complete a pre-survey, all module activities and a final evaluation. 

What are the program goals & objectives?

The self-paced materials will cover a plethora of topics to support faculty to develop and deliver online courses using these components:

  • Embedded topics on: building community online, engaging students online, practicing equity-mindedness, designing alternative assignments, transparent assignments, learning-centered syllabus/course design, academic honesty and the Quality Online Teaching & Learning framework. 
  • Prepping Your Course: Learn best practices for building a new online or hybrid course or redesigning a traditional face-to-face course for online or hybrid delivery.
  • Creating Your Materials: Discover how to create digital content and online lectures as well as techniques for how to effectively organize and sequence your course content online.
  • Facilitating Your Course: Explore techniques and strategies for managing teaching and learning in online environments and best practices for evaluating student work.
  • Using Instructional Technologies: Gain practical how-to instructions on how to use features of Canvas, Zoom, and Canvas Insights

By the end of the program, faculty will be able to:

  1. Describe best practice principles in online course design
  2. Summarize various eLearning tools and pedagogical strategies that can be used in online environments to meet learning goals
  3. Identify options for creating online instructional content using the appropriate learning technologies and strategies
  4. Discuss how an online environment using equity-minded principles can support and engage learners from diverse backgrounds throughout the learning process
  5. Explain grading and feedback strategies to assess and promote student learning outcomes
  6. Demonstrate technical skills using University-supported instructional technologies

What are faculty saying about the program?

Here are some of the results of faculty who just completed the program:

  1. On average, this program was rated as being highly helpful (4.8/5.0) in exposing faculty to knowledge about teaching online.
  2. Faculty perceived the workload of this program to be manageable; over half are finishing in 4-10 hours.
  3. Faculty found value in the dynamic blend of the program (e.g., "I found this program very valuable in exposing both technological and pedagogical resources available out there").
  4. Faculty are reporting more confidence in teaching online with comments such as:
  • I will be able to more confidently prepare for my Fall courses over the summer.
  • Everything was perfectly presented. You truly modeled how a successful online course should be developed and executed.
  • I thought that the instructors were excellent (competent, considerate, willing to answer questions...) and the instructional videos very helpful! High praise to those who put this comprehensive program together so quickly to meet the needs of the faculty. It was just what I was looking for.
  • I feel much more confident now about my ability to teach both synchronous and asynchronous courses in the Fall semester.

Who is facilitating?

This is a Faculty Development led program with partnership in Faculty Technology Center and the Tseng College Distance Learning unit.

Lead Facilitators: Hillary Kaplowitz (Faculty Development); Herbert Serrano (Faculty Technology Center); Maria Fernandez (Tseng)

How do I sign up?

You can sign-up anytime this summer. However, you will need to be done with the program Sep 1 to earn the funding and certificate [NOTE: Deadline extended from Aug 1, 2020]