This page provides a list of faculty professional development opportunities available at LSU. These opportunities include face-to-face workshops, webinars, online facilitator-led courses, and various events that are hosted throughout the year.
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The four-hour virtual Course Hackathon workshops have been conducted. Since the workshops were customized to the needs of the attendees and included time for independent work, we are not including a recording of the workshops here. However, if you were unable to attend, we recommend viewing the Workshop #4: Build Your Course recording that addressed the majority of the same topics.
In preparation for the Fall semester, members of the Design & Development (D&D) team from LSU Online & Continuing Education provided a five-workshop series for faculty and graduate assistants teaching in the Fall 2020 semester. Participants who attended a minimum of three of the five workshops in the series were eligible to request a Certificate of Participation.
Included below is a description of each of the workshops and a link to the workshop recording for those who were unable to attend.
Workshop #1 - Design Your Course: Ensuring Alignment
In this workshop, we discussed the basic principles of course design along with strategies to ensure alignment of course materials regardless of delivery modality (e.g., writing measurable and observable course outcomes, creating/curating related instructional materials).
Workshop #2 - The HyFlex Course Model: Design & Delivery
HyFlex is a course design model that presents the components of hybrid learning in a flexible course structure that gives students the option of attending sessions in the classroom, participating online, or doing both. During this workshop, we discussed practical strategies you can use to incorporate some effective elements of a HyFlex course design into your Fall 2020 course.
Workshop #3 - Design Your Course: Rethinking Assessments
This new workshop was added to our program based on faculty feedback and interest! We examined how to rethink assessments in lieu of current traditional options. Topics discussed included design considerations, such as student constraints and limitations, most essential learning goals, appropriate tools and technology, and scalability. We also provided an overview of rubric creation as aligned to intended assessment outcomes.
Workshop #4 - Build Your Course
This workshop began with an in-depth look at the Moodle template. Throughout the workshop, participants worked on editing their template course and adding content.
Note: You might find it helpful to request the Moodle template for the course(s) you plan to be developing prior to watching this workshop recording so you can follow along in your own course.
Workshop #5 - Teach Your Course
In this workshop, we discussed the role of faculty in using active strategies to provide instruction, guidance, and feedback throughout the course.
Resources for Independent Work
- Enroll yourself in the Faculty Resources for Learning Design & Teaching course in Moodle.
- Complete your course syllabus using the syllabus template provided.
- Request the Campus Moodle template for your course(s): Campus Moodle Template Request Form. Depending on the volume of requests, it may take approximately 2-3 business days to fulfill your request.
- Use the Course Design Checklist to confirm your course includes all essential components. Aim to have course development completed and your course made available to students one week prior to the start of the term.
This workshop will guide faculty in developing a course that combines the best of face-to-face and online learning. In this workshop, we will discuss the basic principles of designing a blended course, including strategies for selecting appropriate activities suited to each modality and integrating them in creating a cohesive learning experience. For more information and to register, please visit the LSU Training and Event Registration Site.
In this webinar, you will learn strategies for aligning your course—from writing measurable and observable course outcomes and learning objectives to formulating relevant assessments. This webinar is recommended for all faculty interested in designing cohesive learning experiences. For more information to register, visit training.lsu.edu.
This hands-on workshop will provide interested faculty with a closer look at the Moodle template and instructions on editing the template in Moodle. For more information to register, visit training.lsu.edu.
This workshop examines strategies faculty can use to actively engage learners and create instructor presence in building a meaningful learning environment. We will discuss the role of faculty in providing guidance in the form of regular, substantive interactions and feedback on assignments throughout the course. Participants will have opportunities to practice editing and performing instructional activities in Moodle (e.g., providing feedback, grading, and communicating with students). For more information and to register, visit the LSU Training & Event Registration site.
In the past year, we have conducted several information sessions on the process of cross-enrollment, which combines student populations in online campus sections and LSU Online sections of the same course. This consolidation is useful for maximizing faculty teaching efficiency and cost effectiveness. The workshop begins with an overview of cross-enrollment, including possible scenarios for its use. Then, the facilitator guides participants through the specific steps that must be taken to cross-enroll a course for LSU Online. This includes a discussion of timelines and the important roles of staff, teaching faculty, and program administrators. A representative from the Office of the University Registrar provides instructions on entering courses into mainframe, which includes specific details about how to designate these courses. There is also an overview of the timeline that emphasizes important dates. View a recording of this session and explore other videos in the section below.
The LSU Online team offers 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 to register, visit training.lsu.edu.
Offered by the LSU Online 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. For an overview of the program, view the Special Focus Program Overview video below.
For more information to register, visit training.lsu.edu.