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

Daylight/Zoom Demos

Join Scott and Ryan as we demo the new interface for D2L Brightspace. It's called Daylight and it's going live May 14. We'll also be demoing the upcoming synchronous tool called Zoom. Zoom will be replacing Blackboard Collaborate.

All sessions are in 016 of Lehman Library.

Tuesday, April 24. 3:30 PM

Wednesday, April 25. 1:00 PM

Thursday, April 26. 2:00 PM

Monday, April 30. 10:00 AM

Wednesday, May 2. 11:00 AM

Thursday, May 3. 3:30 PM

Monday, May 7. 1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 8. 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 10. 11:00 AM


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Instructional Design and Web Technologies (IDWT)

New Design to D2L Brightspace is on the way!

D2L has updated Brightspace's layout. For better or worse, their new design is called "Daylight." It will now have a clean white look. It will also be responsive and viewable on phones and tablets. Daylight is not a new LMS. It is simply the name for the new design.

We are going to switch to Daylight on 5/14/18.


What Will Change?

  • Layout will be clean and white
  • Navigation will change by removing links to tools. Students will now access Quizzes, Discussions, etc through Quicklinks in the Content area. More instructions to come.
  • Changes to layout of course home page and widgets
  • New course banner and images
  • At the same time we will moving to a new syncronous tool called Zoom. Our Collaborate contract expires on 6/30/18

What Will Not Change?

The workflows will remain the same. In other words how you use D2L Brightspace  tools will not change. Only the appearance will change.

Support Info

Throughout the Spring 2018 semester we will be providing sneak peeks and training regarding Daylight. This includes: webinars, workshops, web pages and other various information.

Stay tuned for a current version of your Spring 2018 Courses on a test server, so that you can see how your courses will look in Daylight. In the meantime you can review some info in the resources below. 

You can head to our webpage for more info.

You can visit "Daylight Central" on D2L's community page.

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


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

D2L = Company name

Brightspace = LMS (product) name

Daylight Experience = The name for the new Brightspace design. This name will fall away as D2L requires all instances to switch to Daylight. 



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!

In the coming weeks, look for more information on how we will be rolling out 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 |


Downloading Collaborate Classic Video Files 

You may or may not have heard; our contract with Blackboard Collaborate will expire June 30, 2018. 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 should download your Collaborate 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.


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.

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


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.


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Off-Campus Conferences & Workshops

Call for Presenters!

RECAP is not just a conference; it is a tradition at West Chester University!

The RECAP Conference, an annual event showcasing the use of technology to enhance teaching & learning in higher education, will be Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Information Services and Technology Division invite you to present and lead at the

26th Annual RECAP Conference 2018
Thursday May 17, 2018
Business and Public Management Center
West Chester University

Click here to submit your proposal

Assessment and Impact Conference

When: March 11-13, 2018


As the higher education landscape becomes more challenging to navigate, business schools struggle to demonstrate excellence and stand out among peer institutions. Consequently, the management education industry has placed a renewed emphasis on accountability and innovation in assessment. To respond to this development, we must reinforce that assessment and impact is ever more important and make it a driving force throughout our institutions.

As one of AACSB's most diverse and informative events, the Assessment and Impact Conference is your opportunity to explore current trends and global best practices, network with peers and experienced accreditation volunteers, and get a glimpse at what peer institutions are doing to stay current in assessment and assurance of learning (AoL).

This year’s conference offers a framework to measure, assess, and analyze your institution’s quality assurance efforts, while also presenting effective solutions, expert insight, and thought-provoking discussions to implement change at your b-school.

Whether your institution has recently begun the assessment process 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 strong assessment system in place.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Follow this link to learn more and register.

Rutgers Online Learning Conference

When: March 12, 2018


As in previous years, the RU Online Learning Conference invites you to participate in a wide range of sessions on online, hybrid, and face-to-face learning with technology. You will enjoy a rich program designed to promote networking and the productive exchange of ideas. Come and see the new innovations in online learning technologies.

This year's theme is: Collaborate

The Rutgers Online Learning Conference invites you to collaborate with your fellows to create innovative visions of learning with technology!

Location: Somerset, NJ

Follow this link to learn more and register.

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.

Teaching with Technology Conference

When: October 5-7, 2018

Description: Incorporating technology into your teaching involves much more than learning how to use a specific piece of software. It’s about exploring the relationship between technology and pedagogy—starting with what you want your students to know and be able to do, and how technology can support and enhance their learning. This conference will help you take a more strategic approach to teaching with technology.

Location: St. Louis

Follow this link to learn more.

Untapped Data: Enhancing Teaching and Learning

When: July 25, 2018

Description: A conversation around the evolving use of data. Colleges collect reams of data about student outcomes, but use little of it to influence how professors teach and students learn. A look at how and why that’s starting to change.

Location: Washington, DC

Follow this link to learn more.


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Upcoming Webinars

New Ideas in Teaching and Learning

When: March 14, 2018


Few things are more important in higher education than teaching and learning. This webcast will explore:

  • New strategies for reaching students.
  • How faculty members are changing their teaching techniques. 
  • The challenges of teaching students with varying interests, educational goals and levels of preparation. 
  • The use of technology in teaching and assessment. 
  • The evolution of and importance of educational materials.

Inside Higher Ed editors will lead a lively discussion on these topics March 14, 2018. 

This webcast is made possible with the support of VitalSource. By registering for the webcast, you are agreeing to share your registration information with Inside Higher Ed and the sponsor for marketing purposes.

Captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing is provided by CaptionAccess for all Inside Higher Ed webcasts. Transcripts available upon request.

Making Higher Education More Efficient and Effective

When: March 22, 2018 @ 2pm


Colleges and universities open new opportunities for students, 18-year-olds and adults alike, while faculty research constantly changes the ideas that shape society’s future. But none of that means that colleges are as effective or efficient as they could be. And in an era of constrained finances and evolving demographics, effectiveness and efficiency both matter more than ever.

In years past, many students arrived in higher education without the preparation or motivation needed to succeed, and colleges didn’t think much of them dropping out in significant numbers. These days, colleges have come to realize that society needs more of these students to succeed. Many colleges also for decades relied on business models that – if not perfect –worked well enough. These days, public and private colleges are seeing traditional revenue sources dry up, making it vital to use dollars efficiently and to have processes that encourage sound management.

This webcast will explore strategies of a range of colleges to promote effectiveness and efficiency. We will touch on technology, enrollment, student success, finance and other topics. 

​Join Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman for a lively discussion on these topics Thursday, March 22 at 2:00 PM ET.

Big Think Video Series (Pre-recorded Webinar Series)

February 22 – March 15, 11:00 am-11:30am: Once a week for five weeks, enjoy a 25 minute video featuring the ideas, lessons, stories and advice of leading experts from around the world inspiring you to think big! Topics include: Increasing Potential; Resilience; Tao of Leadership; Looking at Challenges as an Outsider; and Switching Off the “Always On” Culture.

CLICK to register.

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


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

Coffee Cup with Monday Morning Mentor logo


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, March 11, 2018.
How Do I Effectively Review Online Courses and Programs for Quality?
Presentation date: March 5, 2018, and on-demand for one week
From this link, you can view the featured presentation, as well as access the transcript, handouts, and supplemental materials. 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:  quality123



Many institutions conduct reviews for the online courses their faculty develop, and as the number of online offerings increases, so does the need for implementing effective quality review procedures.
Though administering program- and even institution-wide quality reviews for online education is becoming a relatively commonplace practice, there are numerous options available for conducting these reviews and choosing the best one for your institution isn’t always simple.
Purchase the How Can I Effectively Review Online Courses and Programs for Quality? 20-Minute Mentor program, presented by Brian Udermann, PhD. You’ll be walked through the various options available for quality reviews, the reasons why more institutions are conducting these reviews, and how they are successfully coordinating them.
Learning Goals
At many institutions, conducting quality reviews of online education offerings is a requirement. The reasons vary, but properly conducted reviews provide constructive feedback to faculty before the start of a course and help elevate the course quality.
During this program, you’ll learn:
  • Why quality reviews are becoming a common practice in more and more institutions
  • How quality reviews can help enhance the effectiveness of your institution’s online offerings
  • The various methods available for conducting successful reviews
  • Ways to provide effective feedback to instructors before the start of an online course
Topics Covered
In an easy-to-understand format, online education expert Brian Udermann, PhD, will walk you through methods for implementing effective quality reviews for your online course offerings.
Topics covered include:
  • Subscription quality review services (e.g., Quality Matters)
  • Publicly available quality review rubrics
  • Instructions for creating your own quality review rubric at your institution
  • How to provide constructive feedback to faculty during the review process
Each MMM includes a 20-minute online video focused on central and emerging topics in college-level teaching and learning, as well as a transcript of the video and associated handouts and other related material.
  • Each program is available for a full week for on-demand viewing, 24/7.
  • Programs can be viewed on your desktop PC or any mobile device.
  • To access this week’s video click on the link above.

 To access the materials from past Monday Morning Mentors:

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.
Upcoming Topics:
Mar. 12, 2018  How Can I Make My Multiple Choice Tests More Effective?
Mar. 19, 2018  How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?
Mar. 26, 2018  How Can I Engage Generation C?
April 2, 2018  How Can I Revitalize My Classroom with Workforce Development Concepts?
April 9, 2018  How Do I Earn Swift Trust in my Online Classes?
April 16, 2018  How Do Mini-lectures Improve Student Engagement?
April 23, 2018  How Can I Move my Teaching Forward at Midcareer?
April 30, 2018  How Can I Attract and Retain Adjunct Online Faculty?
May 7, 2018  How Can I Write Better Letters of Recommendation?
May 14, 2018  Copyright Crash Course: How Can I Stay on the Right Side of the Law?


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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

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 

Distance education enrollments increased for the fourteenth straight year, growing faster than they have for the past several years.Key findings include:

  • The number of distance education students grew by 5.6% from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 to reach 6,359,121 who are taking at least one distance course, representing 31.6% of all students.
  • and more! 

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

Libraries Find New Ways to Flourish in the Digital Age

Modern learners seek flexible spaces and guidance on digital literacy.

Read 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

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

This program onWorkshop 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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