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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Shippensburg Events

Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching (CFEST)

CFEST New Faculty Mentorship

Some faculty seek formal mentorship that extends beyond the first year. The CFEST New Faculty Mentorship program is a service that matches tenure-track and adjunct faculty within their first five years of employment with a mentor from another department or college. The mentor provides advise and support in one or all three areas of responsibilities, specifically teaching, scholarship and/or service. This mentoring relationship can be especially valuable as new faculty ready themselves for tenure and promotion. The mentor and mentee set a goal or determine a task to enhance teaching, scholarship and/or service. They meet as needed to complete the goal or task. For more information, see the tabs attached to New Faculty Mentorship at or contact Lynn Baynum at

2017 New Faculty


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Instructional Design and Web Technologies (IDWT)

Make Up Snow Days Online

Winter weather is just around the corner. 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. 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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Upcoming Course Purge - 12/18/17

PASSHE has adopted a System-wide D2L Course Retention Policy, which keeps courses active in the D2L system for three (3) years. After three years, courses will be purged from the Shippensburg Brightspace (formerly called D2L) environment. In accordance with this policy, Shippensburg University will be purging (deleting) all courses from Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 during the week of December 18, 2017. Purged courses will be “gone for good.”


Determining Course Shells to be Purged:

Faculty can determine which course shells will be purged by:

1. Logging into D2L (
2. Scrolling down the D2L Home Page to view the “My Courses” Widget.
3. Courses listed under the Summer 2014 and FALL 2014 semesters have “TO BE PURGED:” at the beginning of the course name.

Faculty will need to export and save any course content and/or student work/data they would like to retain from those courses.

Saving Student, Content, and Grade Data:

Faculty who want to save student information from course shells should:
1. Back up student work (Discussions, Dropbox area),
2. Download a copy of your gradebook (Grades area),
3. Export quiz data, and
4. Export (copy) your course shell (Edit Course > Import/Export/Copy Components) to your hard drive (Note: Exporting backs up course content only).

Please visit the Instructional Design and Web Technologies site for more information on the purging process.

Instructional Design and Web Technologies staff is available by appointment to help you. Please send an email or call x1816 to schedule an appointment.

Downloading Collaborate Classic Video Files

You may or may not have heard. Our contract with Blackboard Collaborate will expire June 31, 2017. We will be migrating to a new synchronous classroom platform called Zoom. Zoom has many benefits and we consider it an improvement. We will release more details in the future.

In the meantime, you can download your recordings as an mp4 file. Please contact Ryan or Scott if you have any questions.

Follow this link for instructions to download your Collaborate files.

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.

Guidelines to Accessibility
Do you want to make your courses more accessible to students?

Guidelines to Accessibility (OLI-050) is a set of resources designed to make your class more accessible to students with learning disabilities.

Guidelines to Accessibility (OLI-050)

This totally online course provides instructors with

  • definition of disabilities, accommodations, and accessibility,
  • an overview of the laws that exist to protect individuals with disabilities,
  • accessibility strategies as they relate to different forms of content.

All faculty have been enrolled in the Accessibility Course. It should appear in your list of courses. Simply search the minibar at the top of your screen for the word "accessibility". Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT with questions.

Copyright Overview
Do you need help determining if content you have is legal to use?

Copyright Overview (OLI-075) is a set of resources designed to help you understand and decipher the complexities of copyright law. It is a basic primer that gives you resources to find more information.

Copyright Overview (OLI-075)

This totally online course provides instructors with

  • an if-yes-than flowchart to determine legality of content
  • an overview of copyright
  • an overview of Fair Use
  • an overview of Creative Commons
  • an overview of the TEACH Act
  • links to resources
  • a copyright self-check

All faculty have been enrolled in the Copyright Overview course. It should appear in your list of courses. Simply search the minibar at the top of your screen for the word "copyright". Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT with questions.

"Brightspace Daylight Experience" is on the way!

D2L has updated Brightspace's layout. We are going to switch to Daylight within the next year. We will give you more information as we get it.

In the meantime, you can study up on the changes by following the link below to "Daylight Central."

Try logging into a test version of Brightspace with Daylight turned on and testing it out.

Log into dev to test

Check out the Daylight discussion area to see what other people are talking about.

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Off-Campus Conferences & Workshops

ACE2018: The American Council on Education’s 100th Annual Meeting

When: March 10-13, 2018

Description: Join higher education leaders representing all institution types at ACE2018, the American Council on Education’s 100th Annual Meeting. ACE will celebrate 100 years of leadership and advocacy at ACE2018, the country's most distinguished higher education event. This gathering will feature an array of sessions about critical topics in higher education, as well as special programming and expanded networking events to stay connected to other leaders.

Location: Washington, DC

Follow this link to learn more and register.

2018 UPCEA Annual Conference

When: March 14-16, 2018

Description: The UPCEA Annual Conference is the most significant assembly of thought leaders and practitioners today in the field of professional, continuing, and online education. Join us March 14-16 in Baltimore for engaging keynote speakers, high-energy concurrent sessions, and plentiful networking opportunities.

The Annual Conference convenes deans and other senior university leaders, key staff, and teams responsible for the management, administration, and growth of professional, continuing, and online education programs. Attendees have access to targeted sessions spanning the top areas of practice in our field (aligned with UPCEA's six professional Networks), led by higher education experts and colleagues.

Attendees will also find targeted sessions on the most pressing topics in the field today - including federal policy, finance and operations, marketing and enrollment management, instructional design, noncredit programs, alternative credentialing, and more.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Follow this link to learn more and register.

2018 ASCD Empower: The Conference for Every Educator

When: March 24-26, 2018


ASCD Empower18 empowers educators—teachers, teacher leaders, principals, central office staff, and superintendents—to create their own personalized professional learning experience.

Start with a new vision. Hear General Session speakers who will shift your perspective with out-of-the-box thinking and breakthrough solutions sure to deliver a "wow" moment (or two)!

Gather new ideas. Learn what's new in education from our all-star line-up of Special Session speakers. You’ll hear from leaders in education—innovators and disrupters with important messages to share.

Delve into the nitty-gritty. Explore practical solutions at Concurrent Learning Sessions, where experienced practitioners will share case studies, best practices, and actionable ideas in lively, interactive sessions.

Roll up your sleeves! Meet up with your team on-site in the Reflection Pool—a comfortable space designed to facilitate group collaboration and innovative thinking—to begin transforming your classroom or school.

Location: Boston, MA

Follow this link to learn more and register.

Innovate 2018 - Attend or Present

When: May 11, 2018


Each year, the Innovate program is created with YOU in mind: educators, administrators, and thought leaders interested in advancements in teaching, learning and technology. Who better to present than those who live and breathe these approaches every day?

Innovate 2018 is now accepting submissions from those who want to present at the May 11, 2018, event. If you are employing a unique or refreshed idea in the classroom, apply now(link is external) to share it with your fellow Innovate attendees.

Forward is the theme for 2018 and we will explore the future of teaching and learning with technology through three threads:

  • Access: This thread will delve into the intentionality of institutions reaching underrepresented populations, as well as the intersection of affordable materials, equitable technology and high-quality learning experiences.
  • Technology: Students live in a society where technology and everyday life are integrated. This thread will allow educators to explore technology trends in order to properly prepare students to solve 21st-century problems.
  • Learning Environments: We’re seeing a dramatic shift in not only how education is delivered, but where it is delivered. This thread will discuss how the learning environments we create force us to re-examine how people learn.

Find more information about the Innovate RFP process here(link is external), as well as presentation tips. The deadline to submit is Friday, February 2, 2018.

Location: Ohio State University

Follow this link to learn more and register.

Quality Matters

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

Teaching Professor Conference

When: June 1-3, 2018

Description: The Teaching Professor Conference provides a thought-provoking forum for educators of all disciplines and experience levels to share best practices that advance college teaching and learning. The three-day conference features preconference workshops that provide hands-on learning, provocative plenary presentations, carefully selected concurrent sessions on a range of relevant topics, poster presentations highlighting the latest research, and ample opportunities for conversations with fellow attendees

Location: Atlanta, GA

Follow this link to learn more.

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Upcoming Webinars

Flipping the Classroom and Other Techniques to Improve Teaching

When: December 7, 2017

Description: This webcast will explore some of the many ways colleges are promoting flipped classrooms and other innovations in teaching.

Follow this link to register.

2018 Emerging Leadership in Online Learning Information Session

When: December 7, 2017, 12:00 pm-1pm EST

Description: In this informational session, the co-directors will share more about the 2018 IELOL program.

Follow this link for more info and to register.

McGraw Hill and D2L Brightspace Integration

When: December 6, 13, 20, 2017: 12-12:30 pm

Description: This webcast will explore some of the many ways colleges are promoting flipped classrooms and other innovations in teaching.

Follow this link to register.

D2L Webinars

D2L LogoD2L 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.

Visit D2L's website to sort and search 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

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

PASSHE LogoDescription: For the past seven years, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has presented Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment, a totally virtual conference. The 2017 conference was held in February, but the sessions were recorded. Each session is live and interactive. 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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Below you will find the LINK AND PASSWORD to view this week’s Monday Morning Mentor (MMM) video.Note that this video and its associated materials are available through Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.

What Do Adjunct Faculty Need to Be Successful in the Online Classroom?

Presentation date: December 11, 2017, and on-demand for one week

Link to the Presentation:

From this link, you can view the featured presentation, as well as access the transcript, handouts, and supplemental material. These materials will not be available to be viewed until Monday when the presentation becomes available.

NOTE: You will need to enter the following password in order to view next week’s program:successful42

Your online adjuncts are only as good as the support they receive

“Welcome to the college. You’re on your own.”
You’d never treat a full-time faculty member that way. Yet with adjuncts – online ones, especially – that is sometimes only a slight exaggeration of their experience.

For online adjuncts, a lack of early information and ongoing support is even more acutely felt than it is by on-campus faculty. Adjuncts’ academic experience is typically not as extensive; their familiarity with and access to your institution is certainly not as great; their ability to work things out by walking down the hall with a question – well, they simply don’t have it.

So they need help, and they need information. But what kind – and on what subjects?

You can find out in the 20-Minute Mentor program, What Do Adjunct Faculty Need to Be Successful in the Online Classroom?

Learning Goals
In this thought-provoking presentation, the presenter challenges you to consider just how much information adjuncts require—and how much they often lack. Looking at things from institutional, administrative, pedagogical, and developmental standpoints, the presenter identifies dozens of areas in which your adjuncts need guidance and support.

At the end of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop effective programs to introduce and orient adjuncts to your institution
  • Identify gaps in their knowledge and preparation
  • Empower them to excel in the online classroom

Topics Covered
In What Do Adjunct Faculty Need to Be Successful in the Online Classroom?, the program mentor provides an indispensable checklist of resources and knowledge to share with adjuncts to ensure they perform at a high level. You’ll learn just how much information adjuncts require about your institution, your administrative processes, your pedagogical expectations, and their developmental opportunities. Here’s a small sampling:


  • Do adjuncts know online learning’s role in your institution?
  • Are they fluent in the unique language of your campus – acronyms, program titles, terminology?
  • Do they know the resources available to them – and how they can be accessed?
  • Are they clear about reporting structure, campus-wise and department-wise?


  • Are they comfortable with your LMS and how to use it?
  • Have they received basic technology details like when passwords expire?
  • Do they know their responsibilities for course construction?
  • Do they know who their primary and other points of contact are?


  • Are they aware of best practices for student contact?
  • Do they know your grading systems and deadlines?
  • Have you established expectations regarding supplemental materials?
  • Do they know how to access and use discussion boards?


  • Do they know what development materials are available to adjuncts?
  • Do they know how to access it?
  • Have they been introduced to web tools and Creative Commons?

Materials from prior MMM are posted on Ship’s S:/ drive. Follow this path to access prior MMM materials: S:/ > Public > Employee > Monday Morning Mentor > 2017-2018 Academic Year.

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Instructional Design

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

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

Workshop Facilitation Techniques & Tools for Facilitating Groups, Workshops & Classes

This program on Workshop Facilitation & Design is great for people who need to teach something or get collaborative results with a group. Workshops will introduce tools and techniques for facilitating group discussion and activities. Participants will engage in different types of facilitation, discussion, and identify the challenges that they expect to face and develop solutions using the tools presented. This is relevant for both students and professionals.

View the Facilitation Online Course

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 -

Read the article here

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

Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications - This website has a list of articles related to Higher Ed teaching strategies. It is updated often and contributed to by professionals.

Visit Faculty Focus for current articles

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

‘Glacial Progress’ on Digital Accessibility - Data from 700,000 classes show digital course materials have gotten only slightly more accessible to students with disabilities over the last five years.

Follow this link to read the article

Four Student Misconceptions about Learning - This article covers four common misconceptions that students have about learning. It will help you overcome them.

Follow this link to read the article

Learning Styles are NOT an Effective Guide for Learning Design - Probably today's most ubiquitous learning myth is that people have different learning styles and that these learning styles can be diagnosed and used in learning design to create more effective learning interventions. This myth has resonated and spread throughout the world's learning-professional community probably because it hints at an idea that seems sensible -- that people learn differently. Unfortunately, there are dozens and dozens of ways to separate people by type, so it's hard to know which distinctions to use for which learner, for which topics, for which situations. More importantly, the research evidence shows clearly that using learning styles in designing/deploying learning does not reliably improve learning results.

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.

Best Practices for Using Video in Learning eBook -

  • Tips on producing effective videos for learning without breaking the bank
  • Instructional design best practices for using video in your courses
  • Getting started with video-based assessment

Click here to read the eBook in your browser

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Tech Tips

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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