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Training & Events

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.

We have some exciting updates for Summer 2020! Click the "2020 Summer Faculty Professional Development" heading below to learn more about workshops, resources, and support available to guide and aid you through the (re)development of your on-campus courses for online delivery.

Note: Faculty who have gone through the Special Focus Program or the one-to-one design and development process with LSU Online need not attend the full training program. However, we recommend that faculty participate in the third workshop of the series, Workshop #3: Teaching Your Online Course, since that content is not addressed though the Special Focus or one-to-one design programs. All other resources, information, and support available through this professional development program may also be helpful.

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LSU Online will be providing professional development for those faculty teaching online in Summer A, Summer B, and Summer Intersession. Spanning a phased timeline, this includes a series of workshops, individualized one-on-one consultations with a member of the Design & Development (D&D) team, and live faculty support. The goals of participating in these sessions are to:

  • Have a fully aligned online course(s) ready for the start of term
  • Apply best practices to facilitate and enhance student learning experience in your course

The professional development program includes the following sequence of events.


1. Workshop #1: Design Your Online Course* (1.5 hours)

Workshop #1 Recording [Length: 1:25]

In this workshop, we discussed the basic principles of online design. Additionally, strategies to ensure alignment of course material were covered.

2. Independent Work

3. Workshop #2: Build Your Online Course* (2 hours)

Workshop #2 Recording [Length: 1:29]

This workshop included an in-depth look at the 2020 Summer Online Moodle template. Using the template helps provide an accessible foundation for your course, while including components that are based on best online pedagogical practices. Throughout the workshop, participants worked on editing their template course and adding content.

4. Independent Work

  • Work on developing module 1 in the Moodle template course. It is recommended to have this completed by May 8th.
  • Register for Workshop #3. For a list of offerings and to register, visit the LSU Training and Event Registration site.
  • Note: For Moodle and other technology-related assistance, please contact the Faculty Technology Center (email: or phone: 225-578-3375, option 2).

5. Attend Your Virtual Individualized Consultation (1 hour)

Sign up for individual consultations is now closed.

6. Workshop #3: Teaching Your Online Course* (1.5 hours)

[Coming soon: Workshop #3 Recording]

This workshop examines active learning strategies faculty can use to engage students and create instructor presence in fostering a meaningful learning environment. or a list of offerings and to register, visit the LSU Training and Event Registration site.

7. Faculty Support

For Moodle and other technology-related assistance, please contact the Faculty Technology Center (email: or phone: 225-578-3375, option 2).

8. Independent Work

Prior to making your online course available to students, use the Course Design Checklist to confirm your course includes all essential components.

*Each workshop will be recorded and published for just-in-time viewing.

Lab Fair Zoom Webinar

June 3, 2020
9:15 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for live demos on how you can use virtual and hands-on labs to engage your students! We are bringing in some of the top leaders from the industry including:

9:20 am Eric Strause
Learn on Demand Systems
9:40 am Kelly Jorgensen
Practice Labs
10:00 am Linda Nelson
eScience Labs
10:20 am Linda Nelson
Hands-on Labs
10:40 am Grace Sullivan

This invitation is open to all LSU faculty, staff, and students. Feel free to share!

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

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

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.

The purpose of this session is to provide LSU Online program faculty and staff with a walkthrough of the cross-enrollment process, 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 will begin with an overview of cross-enrollment, including possible scenarios for its use. Then, the facilitator will guide participants through the specific steps that must be taken to cross-enroll a course for LSU Online. This will include a discussion of timelines and the important roles of staff, teaching faculty, and program administrators. A representative from the Registrar’s office will be present to provide instruction on entering courses into mainframe. There will be time at the end of the session for any questions. For more information and to register, please visit the LSU Training and Event Registration Site.

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

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