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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! Click the "Preparing for Fall 2020: 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 blended or online delivery.

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The Moodle 3.7 upgrade will be available for fall courses. Follow our Moodle upgrade progress.


Faculty Support

D&D Live Zoom Support
Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

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Faculty Technology Center Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Should you need assistance, please contact the FTC


Current Trainings

This faculty professional development plan is targeted for faculty and graduate assistants teaching in the Fall 2020 semester. The professional development program will be implemented by members of the Design & Development (D&D) team from LSU Online & Continuing Education. A Certificate of Participation can be requested by those who participate in the workshop series.The goals of participating in these are to:

  • Develop a fully aligned course for the start of the semester
  • Familiarize and apply the Moodle 3.7 upgrade enhancements to your course
  • Apply online and blended best practices, as applicable, to facilitate and maximize the student learning experience in your course

The professional development program includes the following sequence of events. The Recommended Course Development Schedule may be helpful as you work on developing your course.

  1. Attend Workshop #1- Design Your Course: Ensuring Alignment*

    Workshop #1 Recording [Length: 1:20]

    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). By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

    • Write measurable and observable course outcomes
    • Align assessments to course outcomes
    • Examine current course materials and evaluate alignment to course outcomes

  2. Attend Workshop #2- The HyFlex Course Model: Design & Delivery*

    Workshop #2 Recording [Length: 1:07]

    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. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

    • Describe the HyFlex course model
    • Select effective elements of HyFlex course design for your course
    • Identify tools to incorporate HyFlex course elements

  3. Attend Workshop #3- Design Your Course: Rethinking Assessments*

    Workshop #3 Recording [Length: 00:58]

    This new workshop has been 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. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

    • Consider and select alternatives to traditional forms of assessment that meet the intended outcomes, are student-centered, manageable and scalable
    • Explore tools and technology available at LSU to design and facilitate formative and summative assessments
    • Design relevant assessments that align with essential course outcomes.
    • Select appropriate scoring tools (e.g., rubrics) based on intended outcomes.

  4. Independent Work

  5. Attend Workshop #4- Build Your Course* (2 hours)

    Workshop #4 Recording [Length: 2:09]

    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. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    • Modify modules within the template (e.g., edit module titles, hide content) and add elements (e.g., images, hyperlinks, videos)
    • Select appropriate Moodle resources best suited for the creation of learning objects for your course
    • Select appropriate Moodle activities (e.g., assignment, quiz, forum) best suited for the creation of learning activities and assessments.

    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.

  6. Independent Work

    • Work on developing your content in the Moodle template course (aim to have course development completed and made available to students by August 17th).
    • Register for Workshop #5.

  7. Attend Workshop #5- Teach Your Course* (1.5 hours)

    Register for August 3; 2:00-3:30pm

    Register for August 6; 10:00-11:30am

    Now that your course is developed, let’s examine some strategies (for fully online and blended courses) to engage students. We will discuss the role of faculty in using these active strategies to provide instruction, guidance, and feedback throughout the course. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

    • Discuss best practices for regular and substantive interaction (RSI) in a course
    • Navigate within a Moodle course and edit various activities and resources to ensure course setup is optimal for student engagement.
    • Identify Moodle and technology support services and resources to use as assistance is needed.

  8. Independent Work

    • After participating in the workshop series, request your Certificate of Participation by completing the online form. [A link to request a certificate will be available at the end of the workshop series]
    • Prior to making your online course available to students, use the Course Design Checklist to confirm your course includes all essential components.

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

Access Faculty Support as Needed

The Design & Development (D&D) team and the Faculty Technology Center (FTC) function in complementary but different ways in providing support:

  • For technology support and troubleshooting, the FTC is available Monday - Friday (7:30am - 5pm); Saturday (10am - 2pm) and Sunday (2pm - 6pm) to assist with technical help (ftc@lsu.edu; 225-578-3375, option 2).
  • For learning design support, members of the D&D team can guide you in effective course design and help you brainstorm ideas for modifying current face-to-face activities for online and blended delivery.
    • Beginning July 6th, D&D team members will be available to assist in Live Faculty Support via Zoom (Monday-Friday (2:00-6:00pm).

LSU Online provided professional development for those faculty teaching online in Summer A, Summer B, and Summer Intersession. Spanning a phased timeline, this included 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 were 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 included 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. 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.

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

Workshop #3 Recording [Length: 1:29]

This workshop examined active learning strategies faculty can use to engage students and create instructor presence in fostering a meaningful learning environment.

4. Independent Work

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

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.

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 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.