Instructional Design Services

Confidential instructional design and teaching consultations are available to all faculty members teaching face-to-face, web-supported, hybrid or online classes. The process involves guiding faculty in the application of proven learning practices and theories that match instructional goals and learning outcomes, development or identification of course content, implementation of instructional strategies, and effective integration of technology into their courses.

OAI instructional design staff are also available to consult with academic program chairs and directors on the development, evaluation and maintenance of online courses and programs.

For more information, please contact La Tonya Dyer ().

Professional Development Planning And Implementation Services

The Office of Academic Innovation provides professional development planning and implementation services to all department chairs at no cost. Our staff works with chairs and their faculty to develop customized professional development goals and to create programs to address those goals.
Programs may include a variety of activities (e.g. needs analysis, program meetings, workshops, focus groups, facilitated discussions, etc.) in order to support faculty instructional practices and use of instructional technologies. As result of these collaborative efforts, faculty can participate in a comprehensive professional development plan. OAI also partners with representatives from OTS Training and the Blackboard team in order to organize workshops for TU-supported technologies (e.g. Blackboard Tools, Webex, and Panopto).

 The process includes OAI staff, chairs, and faculty working together to:

  • Define the professional development goals of the department for the semester or academic year.
  • Identify and customize professional development activities. The list of workshops below are topics that have been taught previously.
  • Create new workshops to be implemented over the span of a day, week, semester or academic year.

In order to maximize the impact and time, each workshop should have a minimum of 10 participants. To meet the participation requirements, department chairs may wish to partner with another department chair to co-sponsor one or several events.

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Online Workshops

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The Online Learning Consortium offers a great selection of teaching with technology workshop topics including social media, mobile and online learning.

Each year a limited number of Towson faculty members can attend two or more workshops offered by Online Learning Consortium for FREE. Normally, these workshops cost $350 - $500 each. All courses are offered in a fully online format and they require a time commitment over a half-day or one week. Learn more about upcoming OLC online workshops.

To register for the OLC workshops, contact Audrey Cutler at 410-704-5082 or .

Access Online Learning Consortium Workshops, Publications for Free

OAI sponsors Towson’s College Pass membership to OLC. With this membership, Towson instructors can use discussion forums and access free articles, publications and resources from the OLC site. To connect to these resources, create a OLC guest account and then update your profile to show your institutional affiliation with Towson.