Events & Workshops

Faculty Professional Development Events

Register now for the upcoming events listed below. If you don't see the workshop you are looking for, please feel free to forward your suggested workshop topic to .

 

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June 2019

online edge course design workshop

Date(s):  June 3-24, 2019
Location:  Online

Format:  Online, facilitated, and asynchronous.  Duration: 3 weeks

Over three weeks, faculty will take part in an intensive hands-on examination of the most recent methodologies and research regarding quality design of online courses, culminating in the design of a cohesive and engaging module of study.  The workshop will provide vast resources and experiences regarding the pedagogy and best practices that will enable faculty to provide robust, accessible online instruction.  As well, the workshop will feature a segment intended to help faculty establish their own needs and priorities for professional development within the context of conceptual change.

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

  • Write specific, measurable learning objectives and course outcomes.
  • Provide students with activities and assessments that support mastery of stated objectives.
  • Establish and provide comprehensive grading guidelines and instructions.
  • Provide activities and assessments that promote learner engagement.
  • Provide activities and assessments that involve interpersonal interactions.
  • Create a comprehensive syllabus appropriate for the online setting.
  • Organize course content using a logical and consistent structure.
  • Identify tools and technologies that enable the achievement of objectives.
  • Design a cohesive module of online instruction.

This online workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you meet all deadlines.  Please be prepared to set aside at least 10-14 hours per week to complete the workshop activities.

Register Here

online edge facilitation workshop

Date(s):  June 3-24, 2019  
Location:  Online

Format:  Online, facilitated, and asynchronous.  Duration: 3 weeks.

After an online course design is complete, and the semester starts, online instructors take on the varied roles of online facilitators.

In this workshop, participants will assess and hone their skills regarding online course facilitation.  For our purposes, facilitation includes all interactions, communication, and feedback that occur with students.

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

  • Create and maintain a learning environment that is safe, respectful, and inviting.
  • Communicate with students responsively, proactively, frequently, and in a timely manner.
  • Provide constructive feedback.
  • Make course modifications based on ongoing student feedback.
  • Facilitate discourse to enable learners' achievement of learning objectives.
  • Implement learner-centered practices.

This online workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you meet all deadlines.  Please be prepared to set aside at least 10-14 hours per week to complete the workshop activities.

July 2019

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Applying the quality matters rubric workshop

Date:  July 12, 2019
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Cook Library Room 404B (OAI's Active Learning Lab)
Facilitator: Audrey Cutler, OAI

OAI hosts the official QM "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" (APPQMR) workshops.  APPQMR is QM's flagship workshop about the QM Rubric and the process of using the rubric to review online courses.  The workshops are intended not only for faculty but also administrators, course designers, and adjunct faculty who desire more knowledge and understanding of the QM Rubric and Review Process.  The APPQMR workshop includes an official QM Certificate of Completion and is the prerequisite for the QM Peer Reviewer Certification course.

Attendees will learn to use the nationally recognized, research-based Quality Matters rubric and peer review process designed to improve online and blended course quality.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register Here

September 2019

online edge certificate and gold review overview

Date:  September 12, 2019
Time:  1:30-2:00 p.m.
Location:  Online

Join the Office of Academic Innovation for a brief discussion and introduction to the Online Edge and Gold Review programs.  The Online Edge Certificate Program assists Towson online instructors with developing the facilitation, pedagogical, and technical expertise necessary to support learning within the online environment.  The TU Gold Review Process is a comprehensive course review and instructional design support system based on the Quality Matters (QM) Standards.  The TU Gold Review Process provides recognition of Towson's exceptional online courses.

Visit our Online Edge and Gold Review websites for additional information.

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status of drones at tu

Date:  September 18, 2019
Time:  1-3 p.m.
Location: Cook 404B & Newell Field

Faculty and staff from across the campus will discuss their usage of drones in their fields, advances in technology, regulation and the implications for the future.

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Online teaching circle: engaging students

Date:  September 19, 2019
Time:  12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: Cook 404B and Online via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra via this link or via phone here: (571) 392-7650 PIN: 352 046 5982
Facilitator: Audrey Cutler, Academic Innovation

Would you like to connect with other colleagues who teach blended and online courses?  Would you like to share best practices for teaching with Blackboard?  Are you looking for research partners?  All faculty are welcome to our online instruction learning community.

This meeting will be focused on student engagement techniques for online and blended courses.  The session will include at least one brief presentation from a faculty colleague, updates about campus technologies, and plenty of time for Q&A.

applying the quality matters rubric workshop

Date: September 27, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: CK 404B (OAI's Active Learning Lab)
Facilitator: Audrey Cutler, OAI

OAI hosts the official QM "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" (APPQMR) workshops.  APPQMR is QM's flagship workshop about the QM Rubric and the process of using the rubric to review online courses.  The workshops are intended not only for faculty but also administrators, course designers, and adjunct faculty who desire more knowledge and understanding of the QM Rubric and Review Process.  The APPQMR workshop includes an official QM Certificate of Completion and is the prerequisite for the QM Peer Reviewer Certification course.

Attendees will learn to use the nationally recognized, research-based Quality Matters rubric and peer review process designed to improve online and blended course quality.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register Here

October 2019

online teaching circle: collaboration

Date:  October 16, 2019
Time:  12:00-1:30 PM
Location: Cook 404B and Online via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra via this link or via phone here: (571) 392-7650 PIN: 156 910 5411
Facilitator:  Audrey Cutler, Academic Innovation

Would you like to connect with other colleagues who teach blended and online courses?  Would you like to share best practices for teaching with Blackboard?  Are you looking for research partners?  All faculty are welcome to our online instruction learning community.

This meeting will be focused on collaboration techniques for online and blended course. The session will include at least one brief presentation from a faculty colleague, updates about campus technologies, ad plenty of time for Q&A.

Register Here

udl panel and coffee house 

Date:  October 30, 2019
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
Location: Cook 404B and Online via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra via this link or via phone here: (571) 392-7650 PIN: 661 178 3557

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a method of curriculum development aimed at reducing barriers that may exist for students in their learning.  UDL - outlined by the Center for Applied and Special Technologies - is designed around specific neural networks which inform three general principles for designing flexible curricula that include multiple means of engagement, action and expression, and representation.

Faculty from the UDL Faculty Cohorts will share how they modified their course in order to provide multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression for student learning.

November 2019

Register Here

applying the quality matters rubric workshop

Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: CK 404B (OAI's Active Learning Lab)
Facilitator: Audrey Cutler, OAI

OAI hosts the official QM "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" (APPQMR) workshops.  APPQMR is QM's flagship workshop about the QM Rubric and the process of using the rubric to review online courses.  The workshops are intended not only for faculty but also administrators, course designers, and adjunct faculty who desire more knowledge and understanding of the QM Rubric and Review Process.  The APPQMR workshop includes an official QM Certificate of Completion and is the prerequisite for the QM Peer Reviewer Certification course.

Attendees will learn to use the nationally recognized, research-based Quality Matters rubric and peer review process designed to improve online and blended course quality.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register Here

online edge certificate and gold review overview

Date:  November 11, 2019
Time:  11-11:30 AM
Location:  Online

Join the Office of Academic Innovation for a brief discussion and introduction to the Online Edge and Gold Review programs.  The Online Edge Certificate Program assists Towson online instructors with developing the facilitation, pedagogical, and technical expertise necessary to support learning within the online environment.  The TU Gold Review Process is a comprehensive course review and instructional design support system based on the Quality Matters (QM) Standards.  The TU Gold Review Process provides recognition of Towson's exceptional online courses.

Visit our Online Edge and Gold Review websites for additional information.

January 2020

Register Here

online edge facilitation workshop

Date(s):  January 3 - January 24, 2020  
Location:  Online

Format:  Online, facilitated, and asynchronous.  Duration: 3 weeks.

After an online course design is complete, and the semester starts, online instructors take on the varied roles of online facilitators.

In this workshop, participants will assess and hone their skills regarding online course facilitation.  For our purposes, facilitation includes all interactions, communication, and feedback that occur with students.

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

  • Create and maintain a learning environment that is safe, respectful, and inviting.
  • Communicate with students responsively, proactively, frequently, and in a timely manner.
  • Provide constructive feedback.
  • Make course modifications based on ongoing student feedback.
  • Facilitate discourse to enable learners' achievement of learning objectives.
  • Implement learner-centered practices.

This online workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you meet all deadlines.  Please be prepared to set aside at least 10-14 hours per week to complete the workshop activities.

online edge course design workshop

Date(s):  January 3 - January 24, 2020
Location:  Online

Format:  Online, facilitated, and asynchronous.  Duration: 3 weeks

Over three weeks, faculty will take part in an intensive hands-on examination of the most recent methodologies and research regarding quality design of online courses, culminating in the design of a cohesive and engaging module of study.  The workshop will provide vast resources and experiences regarding the pedagogy and best practices that will enable faculty to provide robust, accessible online instruction.  As well, the workshop will feature a segment intended to help faculty establish their own needs and priorities for professional development within the context of conceptual change.

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

  • Write specific, measurable learning objectives and course outcomes.
  • Provide students with activities and assessments that support mastery of stated objectives.
  • Establish and provide comprehensive grading guidelines and instructions.
  • Provide activities and assessments that promote learner engagement.
  • Provide activities and assessments that involve interpersonal interactions.
  • Create a comprehensive syllabus appropriate for the online setting.
  • Organize course content using a logical and consistent structure.
  • Identify tools and technologies that enable the achievement of objectives.
  • Design a cohesive module of online instruction.

This online workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you meet all deadlines.  Please be prepared to set aside at least 10-14 hours per week to complete the workshop activities.

Register Here