The links found under this tab are to assist faculty teaching LSU Online courses with up to date information, resources, and professional development opportunities.
Designing and Teaching Accessible Courses
The LSU Digital and Continuing Education team is excited to offer a faculty professional development course titled Designing and Teaching Accessible Courses. This course introduces the core concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the laws and standards of accessibility in higher education. This course aims to equip faculty with the basic guidelines and tools for making course content accessible and universal. At the end of this course, participants will create an action plan that details how they plan to implement UDL principles and accessibility guidelines in a course.
This course requires approximately 8-12 hours of work and is offered in two formats: a fully online format and a blended format, which is a mixture of online and face-to-face instruction. The total length of time provided to complete the course is one month. A certificate will be provided to those who complete all activities within the Moodle course. For more information and to register, visit http://training.lsu.edu.
Special Focus Program - Online Course Design & Development
Offered by the LSU Digital & Continuing Education team, the Special Focus Program is an intensive 12-week program designed to guide faculty through the development or re-development of an online course that is fully aligned, meets accessibility standards, and ensures a consistent and positive learning experience for students. To learn more, please view the Special Focus Program Overview video. To register, visit https://training.lsu.edu.
Magna 20-Minute Mentor Commons
LSU is now offering access to Magna Publications’ 20-Minute Mentor Commons. The 20-Minute Mentor Commons offers on-demand versions of Magna's popular 20-Minute Mentor video programs, covering a broad range of faculty development topics. These topics include blended and flipped learning, technology in online courses, online course design, online student engagement, and more! For additional information, please visit GROK article # 19864 (you will need to log in using your PAWS credentials to view the article).
New LSU Online Course Template
As we continue to work towards modernizing the online experience for faculty and students, a new template was created for online courses using a new theme in the Moodle environment (Snap). Using the new LSU Online template will help provide an accessible foundation for your course, while including content and assessment components that are based on best online pedagogical practices. The template is available for both LSU Online courses (7 modules) and Academic Moodle (15 modules). For a look at the template, check out this video.
If you would like to request the template for any of your courses, please complete this online form. A Master Course will be created for you with the template, and you will be notified by email once your course is ready. Please note that it will take some time for you to reorganize your content in the template, so we recommend starting at least one month in advance of the start of the term.
A workshop titled "Using the New LSU Online Template for Online Courses" is offered to provide interested faculty with a closer look at the template and opportunities for hands-on individualized assistance. To regsiter, please visit https://training.lsu.edu.
The Faculty Technology Center
The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides IT support, consultations, and innovative solutions to faculty and graduate teaching assistants tailored to their individual teaching, research, and operational needs. Services include workshops and webinars, customized workshops by request, one-on-one consultations, virtual assistance, and events.
Phone: (225) 578-3375, option 2
Location: 101 Frey Computing Services