Programming for Online Teaching & Learning

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

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.

The Online Course Design Learning Potential Rubric

CATLR has developed a rubric to help faculty apply research-based learning principles to the features of online course design. The rubric can help faculty understand areas of strength and weakness in a course design. Pair rubric completion with a consultation to generate ideas for improving your online course design. Download the rubric: Online Course Learning Potential Rubric

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.

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 them in our Upcoming Events page. 

Online Course Design Consultation

Transitioning to an online learning environment presents both opportunities and challenges. CATLR consultants can provide one-on-one consultation to address specific questions about online teaching and learning. Contact: Dr. Laurie Poklop at