Professional Development Options for Faculty

The Academic Technology Center offers professional development workshops online, face-to-face training sessions, Live@Lunch sessions through Blackboard Collaborate, and individual consultations.  

ATC Live@Lunch Sessions

ATC Live@Lunch sessions takes place online in Blackboard Collaborate. The sessions are scheduled from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and serve as a virtual brown bag session and the topics vary from using different eLearning tools to exploring different strategies to engage students in the online classroom.

At a minimum faculty will need a computer with speakers to listen to the presenters. Questions can be posted in a chat window. ATC recommends that faculty purchase a headset with microphone (they can be purchased for about $20) if they intend to hold sessions for their students in Collaborate.

  • Online, synchronous, one hour
  • Facilitated by ATC staff

You should attend these sessions if.....

  • You are interested in learning more about the tool or strategy being presented.
  • You are interested in learning how you might use Blackboard Collaborate in your online course.
ATC Build a Course Workshop

All faculty are automatically enrolled in this onboarding course in eLearning.  You will find it under the student role on your eLearning home page.  This course will lead you through the steps necessary to build your first course in eLearning. You will learn how to import a course template, modify the course content, and other tools you will use to teach, manage, and assess your students' progress. In this module, you will learn to use best practices to develop engaging and interactive courses that your students will find engaging and easy to navigate.

You will remain enrolled in this course for the duration of your time at UWF so that you may refer back to the content and resources as needed.

  • Fully-Online, asynchronous, self-paced
  • Monitored by ATC staff, contact an instructional designer with questions.

Recommended for:  

  • Those new to UWF and/or eLearning.
  • Those needing to learn to use the basic tools to develop an online course.


Designing a Quality Online/Blended Course

DQOC is the first of two courses required to earn the QM Fundamental Course Review and participate in the ATC Quality Course Incentive Program. This is a six week, fully-online, asynchronous course, that requires about 3-5 hours per week to complete.  This course is for all faculty who plan to develop an online or blended course. The purpose of this course is to facilitate faculty's online/blended course design and development process. The course facilitator works collaboratively with faculty to help translate a traditional course to an appropriate online/blended model, accomplishing the same instructional goals and objectives. You will remain enrolled in this course for the duration of your time at UWF so that you may refer back to the content and resources as needed. This course focuses on:

  • Understanding the QM rubric
  • Understanding Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Planning your online/blended course
  • Designing your course in eLearning
  • Online assessments
  • Student engagement strategies



Teaching a Quality Online/Blended Course

This is a six week, fully-online, asynchronous course, that requires about 3-5 hours per week to complete. The purpose of this six-week online course is to facilitate the implementation of instructional strategies that have been proven through the research to be essential to successful online/blended teaching.  TQOC is Facilitated by experienced online instructor/QM Certified Trainer: June Watkins. You will remain enrolled in this course for the duration of your time at UWF so that you may refer back to the content and resources as needed.

This course focuses on:

  • Facts and fallacies of online/blended education
  • Instructor roles and responsibilities in the online/blended classroom
  • Instructor communication/feedback
  • Facilitating interaction/instructor presence
  • Online learning communities
  • Effective time management
  • Bells and whistles/course technology





Applying The Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

Fully-Online (two weeks) or Face to Face (one day)

Facilitated by experienced online instructor/QM Certified Trainer: June Watkins

The APPQMR workshop is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is the first step in becoming a QM reviewer and intended for faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review.  The APPQMR is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.


Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Certification (PRC)

The Peer Reviewer Certification (PRC) is taken to become a certified QM Reviewer and requires the completion of the APPQMR course. This is a two week, fully online, asynchrounous course, facilitated by Quality Matters Staff, that requires about 8-10 hours per week to complete.  includes a review of Quality Matters, practice critiquing and writing helpful recommendations, and a Practice Review in which the participants are asked to review Specific Standards in an online course using QM's Course Review Management System (CRMS). Since the PRC leads to certification as a Peer Reviewer, it is a rigorous course and demands significant time and attention.  



Quality Matters Master Reviewer Certification (MRC)

The MRC is an advanced certification course for experienced QM Peer Reviewers. The role of QM Master Reviewer is integral to ensuring the rigor and consistency of the peer review process. In this course, Peer Reviewers will learn the role of Master Reviewer including management of the entire review process and coaching peers to ensure helpful recommendations are provided for course improvements. Master Reviewer Certification is a requirement for Team Chairs on all official course reviews.  

You should complete this course if.....

  • You are a certified QM reviewer and have been a peer reviewer for two QM Course Certifications.
  • You are interested in chairing review teams.

Fully-Online, asynchronous, two weeks

Facilitated by Quality Matters Staff


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