Programming for Online Teaching & Learning

The Center offers several programs to support faculty who are teaching, or preparing to teach, online.  

Online Course Design Orientation and Consultation Program

Transitioning to an online learning environment presents both opportunities and challenges. The Online Course Design Orientation is designed to both familiarize faculty with formats and conventions of online learning and to empower participants to design and develop an online course based on principles of learning science. Activities in the program scaffold the development of a framework of an online course, and help faculty design engaging instructional activities, feedback and assessments that capitalize on the online environment.

This program is offered regularly in one of two formats: a 4-week, asynchronous online experience or a 2-day intensive in-person workshop.

Facilitating Online Courses

The Facilitating Online Courses program focuses on the activities of teaching online. Through a series of discussions and exercises, faculty build a course facilitation plan that includes strategies for achieving a positive course climate, facilitating discourse, and motivating and regulating student learning. This program is appropriate for faculty who are new to online teaching, as well as experienced online instructors who want to enhance their practice.

Facilitating Online Courses is offered multiple times each year in one of two formats: a 2-week, asynchronous online experience or a 3-hour, in-person workshop.

Online Teaching and Learning Inquiry Group

The Online Teaching & Learning Inquiry Group is an opportunity for ongoing conversation and exploration about the world of online learning. Each semester, the group establishes priorities for topics it would like to investigate. Past topics have included engaging reluctant students, creating interactive media, grading and managing discussion, and teaching a course designed by someone else.

This group meets bi-weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters. To be included in the mailing list for the next group, please email Dr. Laurie Poklop at

Workshops for Online Teaching

The Center offers workshops on a variety of topics, including those related to teaching online.  Look for the “Online” theme on our brochure or on our Workshops page.