Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty

On this page you will find a list of PD Opportunities. This page is updated on an ongoing basis so be sure to come back regularly.

Please email Ryan and Scott at if you have an opportunity you would like to add to this list.

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Instructional Design and Web Technologies (IDWT)

Snow Day Kick-Start Guide

We don't want to talk about this, but winter weather is almost upon us. We hope that we don't have too many snow days. If we do; however, you have options for making up a missed class session. One such option, per the Severe Winter Weather Policy, is putting your session online using D2L Brightspace.  You can prepare!snow written in show on windshield

Instructional Design & Web Technologies (IDWT) are proud to offer the Snow Day Quick-Start Guide. It consists of a set of tutorials that help you quickly get a session's material online. It is broken into two tracks: The Quick Guide and the Advanced Guide.

The Quick Guide helps you get basic class content up quickly and the Advanced Guide helps you plan ahead for a snow day and explore more options. Both have information that help you communicate your intentions to your students, get material online, and assess your students online.

All faculty members are already enrolled, and you will see it in your list of courses. Just search "Snow Day" in the My Courses widget or the mini-bar at the top of D2L Brightspace.

Feel free to reference this resource whenever you need help getting a session's material online quickly. Of course, if you have questions, you can always call Ryan and Scott at x1816 or email at


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D2L Brightspace NavBar Changes

This is perhaps the biggest change. We are using this as an opportunity to update the NavBar. We removed unused links (Locker, Surveys, Checklist) and consolidated other tools into the Content area (Quizzes, Discussions, Assignments)

It will add one more click for Faculty, but it will improve the Student experience significantly. 


Brightspace Nomenclature

It's confusing with all of these terms flying around. Here's some info to help you get it straight.

  • D2L = Company name. You might say, “D2L is based in Canada” or “D2L made it confusing by having so many different names for their products.”

  • Brightspace = LMS (product) name. So you would say, “I logged into Brightspace for the latest announcement” or “I took my quiz on Brightspace.”

  • Daylight = The name for the new Brightspace design. It’s basically just a term for their marketing campaign. This name will fall away as D2L requires all instances of Brightspace to switch to Daylight. You might say “Wow. Brightspace will actually work on a phone now that we have Daylight turned on"


On 7/1/18 we will be officially supporting Zoom as our syncronous learning tool. Zoom will replace Blackboard Collaborate.  PASSHE selected Zoom for their ease of use and video & audio quality: not to mention their ability to support a variety of devices.

With Zoom, it's easy to:

  • Conduct simple online HD video and audio sessions with students, other faculty, or anyone with a computer
  • Run on-the-fly or scheduled presentations
  • Hold virtual office-hours
  • Project a guest speaker in the classroom
  • Perform live demonstrations in real time
  • Collaborate on documents with your colleagues or external partners
  • Share your screen
  • Use a virtual whiteboard
  • Chat with your students
  • and more!

Check out more info on Zoom

Until then, you can learn more about Zoom by going to Zoom’s support page here or IDWT's support page here  or diving into the sections below: 

These sites provide easy access to product information, short video tutorials and user guides. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT | 717-477-1816 |


Online Instruction-100

Are you planning to teach online within the next few semesters?

Online Instruction-100 (OLI-100) is a course that teaches you the basics of teaching online. Faculty planning to teach online at Shippensburg University for the first time can register at any time and you have until you teach your class to complete it at your own pace.

About OLI-100

This totally online course provides instructors with

  • instructional strategies for online classes,
  • national quality standards for online classes,
  • instructions for using various Brightspace tools,
  • a student’s perspective.

Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT to register.


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Off-Campus Conferences & Workshops 

Quality Matters

Quality matters also hosts many online courses related to online and blended courses. You can see a complete list here.

Conference on Adult Learner Enrollment Management (CALEM)

When: Feb 5-7, 2019

Description: Over the last 7 years, the Conference on Adult Learner Enrollment Management (CALEM) has grown into a national event with over 150 institutions sending marketing, admissions, enrollment, and program leaders and staff with one goal in common: enrolling more adult students. This year's Innovation Lab - Creating Personal Experiences in Your Enrollment Efforts - speaks to the increasing need to reach prospective students with engaging content and opportunity.Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Follow this link to learn more and register.


Higher Ed in the New Congress

When: Feb 7, 2019

Description: The last two years, in which Republicans have controlled the White House and both houses of Congress, have been challenging ones for higher education. Some legislative proposals -- and much rhetoric -- have run counter to the ideas many higher education leaders espouse. Colleges have had mixed success in this environment, with some proposals that they feared not happening in the end, while others have been adopted. Whatever the outcome of the mid-term elections, new players will be in key roles in the next Congress.

More info to come.



When: Feb 19-22, 2019

Description:  Join experts, policy-makers, investors, though leaders, and practitioners from colleges throughout the US to examine emerging strategies for critical issues facing two-year and four-year colleges and universities. 

Hundreds of concurrent sessions, workshops, plenaries, and keynotes will cover topics ranging from equity, student supports and OER, to pathways, data and technology, and tackling tomorrow’s challenges.

Location: Long Beach, CA

Follow this link to learn more and register.


Assessment and Impact Conference

When: March 17-19, 2019

Description:  As the higher education landscape becomes more challenging to navigate, business schools struggle to demonstrate excellence and stand out among peer institutions. Consequently, the business education industry has placed a renewed emphasis on accountability and impact in assessment. To respond to this development, we must reinforce that assessment and impact are even more important, making them a driving force throughout our institutions. What does assessment look like at its best? 

The Assessment and Impact Conference goes beyond assessment mechanics to focus on effective continuous improvement. This is your opportunity to network with experienced accreditation volunteers and get a glimpse at what peer institutions are doing to push the envelope and improve pedagogy and curriculum. Join us to explore current trends and global best practices, strategies that will integrate administrative efforts across the college, and solutions for the complex and nuanced challenges of assurance of learning (AoL). 

Whether your institution has recently begun the assessment process, is measuring impact, or is looking to take your AoL systems to the next level, this conference offers ample opportunities to gather new knowledge and insight to put a streamlined assessment system and strong impact framework into place.

Location: Charleston, SC

Follow this link to learn more and register.


4th Annual Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate

When: April 3-5, 2019

Description: Challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on the innovative classroom of tomorrow.


Location: Denver, CO

Follow this link to learn more and register.


The Future of the Gen Ed

When: April 17, 2019

Description: General education is one of the most debated topics in higher education -- and getting gen ed right is important for every kind of college, even if doing so may look very different at colleges with different missions. Overhauling gen ed can bring a college together ... or leave a college divided. This event will explore some issues that cross sector boundaries: Do students understand gen ed requirements? Does it matter if they don't? How can colleges best evaluate their gen ed requirements? Are gen ed requirements too extensive or lacking in rigor?

More info to come.


4th Annual Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate

When: May 26-31, 2019

Description: Join peers and experts at the premier global professional learning and networking event for all international educators and organizations that support international education for the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, "Global Leadership, Learning, and Change." The conference will take place May 26-May 31, 2019, in Washington, D.C., and will feature outstanding informational engagement opportunities, professional development programs, and the largest international education exposition.

The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo unites nearly 10,000 attendees each year from more than 3,500 institutions and organizations from over 100 countries. It is the most comprehensive international education event serving the diverse needs of the entire international education community. NAFSA 2019 is the must-attend international education event of the year!

Location: Washington, DC

Follow this link to learn more and register.


2019 Mid-Atlantic UPCEA Regional Conference

When: October 2-4, 2019

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

More info to come.



When: Feb 18, 2020

Location: National Harbor, MD

More info to come.


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Upcoming Webinars

Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment, a totally virtual conference



Go to: to register.  Go to the conference schedule page to join a session.  Click on the Zoom link associated with a session.

Description: Join us starting Feb. 4, 2019 for the 10th annual Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment virtual conference. Over the course of ten weekdays (Feb 4-15, 2019) we present 60 one-hour sessions using Zoom. Each session is live and interactive, giving you the opportunity to engage with education professionals from all over the world. Topics range from gamification to mobile learning to virtual proctoring to flipped classroom to emerging technologies and more.

Top reasons to attend:

  • You can sleep in your own bed at night.
  • No standing in long security lines at the airport.
  • You can participate from your office, home, on the go or at the beach.
  • Save hundreds of dollars on travel and lodging.
  • No concurrent sessions. You can attend all 60 sessions!
  • Miss a session? You can watch a recording anytime.

All sessions going back to 2009 have been recorded for you to view for free. 

You can browse them here.

Academic Impressions Live Webcasts

These webcasts are from an administration perspective, but there is a lot of relevant information that helps all make our university better.

Current topics include:

  • Incorporating Emerging Technologies into Instruction
  • Creating a Sense of Community with Graduate Students
  • Overcoming Three common challenges to online advising
  • and more...

View current webcasts here


D2L Webinars

D2L Logo D2L is continually hosting webinars and has been for years. You can visit D2L's website to view upcoming and past webinars. Some topics include: widgets, using video effectively, customizing lesson plans, using D2L to gamify, and many, many more.  We have included a few recommended webinars below.

Using Tools To Personalize your Brightspace (D2L) Experience

Introduction to Turnitin Version 2

Visit D2L's website to sort and search for other webinars 


Magna Online Seminars

Magna LogoMagna Online Seminars have built a reputation for their quality, timeliness, and relevance. Live and interactive, they feature leading educators and thought leaders delivering thought-provoking, practical presentations. Plus if you can’t make the live event, all seminars are available on-demand for a full 30 days. Our Online Seminar Package also includes a copy of the recording on CD, the full transcript, and supplemental materials. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

Visit Magna's website to sort and search webinars.

Recorded Webinars


Reinventing the Traditional Classroom - Hear from Fellow Educators

Presented by: Campus Technology

Description:  Schools, colleges, and universities across the U.S. are reinventing the “traditional” classroom and campus, using innovative technologies to transform teaching and learning with vital new connections—among educators, students, administrators, parents, and experts across the globe.

In this one-hour webcast, Dr. Lance Ford, a Cisco educational technology advocate and educator, will discuss the ways collaboration technologies are helping schools, colleges, and universities—regardless of their size—empower more agile teaching and learning, extend access, and improve student outcomes.

Click here to watch the webcast


University Webinars

Description: This website has webinars related to almost every aspect of Higher Edcuation. Think of it as a clearinghouse for Higher  Ed webinars. Check them out. You're sure to find videos that you interest you.

View them here.

PASSHE Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment, a totally virtual conference

Description: Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment is a totally virtual conference. Topics have ranged from gamification to academic integrity to new technologies to many more.

All sessions going back to 2009 have been recorded for you to view for free. You can browse them here.

Meeting Student Needs with Day One Access to Digital Materials

Presented by: Campus Technology

Description: Digital course materials have emerged over the past 10 years as a cost-effective and more engaging option to print textbooks. This webcast will feature a college dean and eTextbooks thought leader who will discuss:

  • Why many students increasingly prefer eTextbooks
  • How delivering digital materials on the first day of classes sets students up for success
  • Tips for securing stakeholder buy-in for a digital-only program

Click here to watch the webinar.

Inside Higher Ed

Inside higher ed logoInside higher ed has a list of recorded webinars for higher ed going back for several years. The range of topics is diverse and covers almost all topics related to higher ed including: digital accessibility, higher ed economics, recap of survey of university presidents, and more.

Click here to watch the webinar.



Pearson Logo SmallPearson has collated an extensive list of recorded higher ed webinars. Check out their current list and watch at your leisure.

You can browse them here.




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Monday Morning Mentor

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Login instructions for this week's Monday Morning Mentor Traditional Collection presentation

What Behavioral Changes Can I Make to Inspire Enthusiasm in My Classroom?

Presentation date: February 4, 2019 and on-demand for one week

Link to the Presentation:

From this link, you can view the featured presentation and access the transcript, handouts, and supplemental material. These materials are only available for the week of the presentation.

NOTE: You will need to enter the following password in order to view this week's program:  enthusiasm326

Promotional Materials:
This document contains a short description of the program and information on how to access it. Please forward to your faculty


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Instructional Design

Three Active Learning Strategies That Push Students Beyond Memorization

Read the article here.

Focus Your Lectures with the 'One-Sentence Lesson Plan'

Read the article here.

Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try

Read the article here.

Instructional Design: Adult Learners

Description: A 45m training course that teaches adult learning theory. Adult learners have specific needs that have to be considered during the instructional design process. In this course, one in a series on instructional design, Jeff Toister explores the best practices and techniques that will help designers work with, and train, adult learners. Explore the theory behind adult learning, discover techniques to increase active (vs. passive) learning, see how to identify and surmount barriers to learning, and get additional resources for developing training for adults.

Watch the free training here

A Strengths Approach to Online Teaching

Description: Too often we approach new tasks, especially in the area of technology, by focusing on what we cannot do. Sally Kuhlenschmidt envisions how teaching an online class would proceed if we started from our particular strengths.

Read the paper here.

Designing for Learning

Description: This is a roundup list of best practices for designing and developing online courses

Read the article here

Designing Instruction for Significant Learning

Description:A systematic, learning-centered approach to course design offers the only chance we have to ensure that the majority of students have a significant learning experience

Writing Instructional Goals and Objectives

Description: This site will introduce you to instructional goals, the three types of instructional objectives you may need to create to reach your goals, and the best way to write and assess them.

Read the webpage here.

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Other Resources

Most & Least Educated States in America

We compared all 50 states across 20 total metrics grouped into two categories. The data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma to average university quality to gender gap in educational attainment. 

See the results here

Online Student Services:  What, Where, Who, When, How, and Most Importantly, Why

Implementing student services for online students invovles answering the basic, but nonetheless complex, questions of what, where, who, when, how, and why.

Access the article here

Take Charge of Your Online Reputation

Managing one's online reputation is important for anyone in the workforce today.  Advice for students entering the job market is equally applicable to those in other career stages looking to successfully manage their online reputations.  This is a primer about online reputation management, which can be shared with students entering the job market.  The advice provided here is also useful for othes who may be further along in their careers.

Access the article here

Career Development for College Faculty: A Faculty Focus Special Report

Educators know the importance of life-long learning. At colleges and universities, learning is as important for faculty as it is for students. This special report from Faculty Focus will help you lay the foundation for professional development. It will broaden your understanding through expert perspectives, on topics such as coaching, upward mobility, burnout, and more. Culling expertise from Faculty Focus and The Teaching Professor, Magna’s premium leadership publication, this special report will give you the development tools you need to meet your professional goals.

Access the report here

Magna's Faculty Focus Online Courses

Courses include:

  • New Faculty Development
  • Experienced Faculty Enrichment
  • Principles of Effetive College Teaching
  • More...

Access the courses here

Penn to offer Ivy League's first online bachelor's degree

The University of Pennsylvania will become the first Ivy League college to offer an online bachelor's degree with the launch of an interdisciplinary program next fall aimed at working adults and other nontraditional learners. Offered through the School of Arts and Sciences' College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS), the applied arts and sciences degree encompasses general education courses and interdisciplinary concentrations as well as two on-campus experiences. The program will take a different approach to instruction than traditional residential courses by using the unique properties of e-learning, officials said. An advisory board of management executives is working with LPS to advise on workforce trends and skills needs.

Read the article here.


Online Learningn Consortium (OLC) Report: OLC Outlook: An Environmental Scan of the Digital Learning Landscape

Read the article here.


What Institutions Expanding their Online Degree Offerings Can Learn from the Recent Closure at University of Texas

Read the article here.


Will Online Ever Conquer Higher Ed?

Read the article here


Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States is the 14th annual report of the state of online learning in U.S. Higher education. The Survey, conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson, and Tyton Partners, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States. 

Download Report 

Professional, Cotinuiing, and Online Education Update by University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

Daily updates of news, research, and trends by UPCEA

Best Practices for Professional Email

Natalie Lundsteen offers some basic tips to help you have clear and confident electronic communication.

Read the article here

Prediction: 2018 Will See More Blended Learning, Alternative Credentials and International Competition

Read about the trends in higher education here.

How the 'Slow Ed Tech Movement' Is Bringing a Sense of Purpose to Academic Technology

Slowing the pace of education technology work makes projects more sustainable, gives people a chance to connect, allows for more meaningful conversations and helps prevent burnout.

Read the article here

Online Course Enrollment Sees Relentless Growth

Read the research results here

Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech

Read the results here.

The Future of Undergraduate Education: The Future of America.

Our nation’s effort over two centuries to provide education to everyone who lives and works within the United States is an expression of a core belief, one that has survived a long history of challenges: that all people, through learning, can achieve higher goals for themselves and for society as a whole.

Progress toward universal education has expanded most recently to colleges and universities. Today, almost 90 percent of high school graduates can expect to enroll in an undergraduate institution at some point during young adulthood and they are joined by millions of adults seeking to improve their lives. What was once a challenge of quantity in American undergraduate education, of enrolling as many students as possible, is now a challenge of quality—of making sure that all students receive the rigorous education they need to succeed, that they are able to complete the studies they begin, and that they can do this affordably, without mortgaging the very future they seek to improve.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences formed the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education to develop a national strategy to help students and their families, colleges and universities, government policy-makers, and business leaders and philanthropists reach this next level. The future success of our democracy, our economy, and our nation will depend on our commitment to an inclusive ideal of an educated society.

The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America – the final report of the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education – is available online.

Read the Full Report Here

Online and Adult Learners More Satisfied with College Experience than Traditional Students - Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

According to a new national survey, online and adult students are generally more satisfied with their overall college experience than traditional on-campus students. The 2017 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report from Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a provider of enrollment management, student success and fundraising solutions for higher education, found that 67 percent of adult learners and 74 percent of online students rated their satisfaction level as "satisfied" or "very satisfied," while only 53 percent of students at four-year public institutions and 54 percent at four-year privates said the same. Students at two-year public institutions and career schools were in the middle, at 64 percent and 66 percent satisfied, respectively.

Read the Article Here

Exploring the new world of online credentials -

Read the article here.

Librarians are the Forgotten Course Design Resource - In addition to us friendly Instructional Designers, librarians can help you design your course!

Read the Faculty Focus article here

Moving from Silos and Burnout to Community and Engagement -

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Courses with No Syllabi: A Unique Instructional Model at LDS Business College - Interesting interview with Bruce Kush, the president of LDS Business College.

i4 means campus instruction that is:

  • Immersive,
  • Integrated,
  • Interactive, and
  • Iterative.

To pilot this model, Bruce worked with an LDS faculty member to pilot a semester-long leadership course with no syllabus. He is going to tell us why he decided to do this and what it looked like along the way.

Watch the interview here.

We Are Living in the Age of Online Learning - An article about the current state of online learning

Read the article here

On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus - A Smith College initiative called “Failing Well” is one of a crop of university
programs that aim to help high achievers cope with basic setbacks.

Read the article here


Turnitin White Paper - This brief white paper discusses the myriad forms of plagiarism, and argues that the most effective methods for addressing them do not involve treating students as unethical “cheaters,” but rather, focus on developing their writing and research skills.

Click here to download the white paper.

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Tech Tips

February Continuous Delivery updates

D2L updates Brightspace every month. Here are the current updates.

Accessibility Tip - Special Access

By utilizing the Special Access features of the Quiz and Assignment folder tools you can provide accommodations for specific students. This may include additional time to complete a quiz or assignment that is outside the availability set for the entire class. You can access these options by editing your quiz or assignment folder, clicking on the Restrictions tab and scrolling to the bottom under Special Access.

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