Faculty Training and Guides

We provide targeted workshops and events to provide online faculty with opportunities to learn new skills and technologies. Our practical training addresses best practices in online course development and effective online teaching strategies.

  • Learn how to quickly prepare your online course for the new term through tutorials, resources, and documentation in this self-paced course.

  • Prepare to teach online with this self-paced, asynchronous course. You will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools for online teaching.

  • Dive into the basics, impacts, and ethical dimensions of teaching and learning with AI while promoting safe and effective usage. Login required

AI Symposium Panel 2023

The Division of Digital Learning holds numerous faculty training events throughout the year.
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The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) provides comprehensive professional development opportunities for ODU instructional faculty at all levels and stages of their careers. 

Professor Lecturing

New to Canvas? We have two resources to help you get started:

  1. Digital Innovation Presents: Self-Paced Canvas Workshops (enroll after login)
  2. Digital Innovation Canvas Video Playlist in Kaltura

The Instructure Community provides a wide variety of useful Canvas resources including step-by-step instructor guides and videos.

ODU instructors also have access to Instructure's Canvas Training Services Portal for self-paced workshops and tutorials.

Student browsing Canvas on a laptop sitting at a desk.

Before making the course available to your students at the beginning of the semester, it is important to set up and manage your course in Canvas. 

Review our room technology guides if you are using a Digital Learning supported classroom on campus. These guides will help familiarize you with the equipment prior to your first meeting.

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives are the foundation of online course design and should be the driving force when considering your assessments, learning activities, and instructional materials. The goal is not for students to know something just for the sake of knowing it. Rather, we want student learning to be relevant to overall course goals and future pursuits.

Creating Learning Objectives

Accessibility and Inclusion

Accessible course materials help all students learn and are required by the university. Don’t wait to check for accessibility at the end of course development – plan for it at the very beginning!

Beyond legal accessibility requirements, your online course should be welcoming for all learners. Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies into your course preparation.

Accessibility and Inclusion in Online Courses

Copyright and Online Teaching

Copyright law as it relates to digital works can be complex, and the issues around it continue to evolve. We've created a guide to help faculty as they seek to uphold copyright laws in their online course content.

Copyright Guidelines for Online Teaching

Creating Presentations

When creating presentations for your course, ensure that the content is easy to read and consistent throughout each presentation.

Best Practices for Creating Presentations

Audio and Video Production

Complex topics are sometimes easier to communicate in a different medium. Video can be useful for visual demonstrations, simulations, case studies, or scenarios. Audio recordings can be a good medium to share narrations, interviews, or podcasts.

Audio and Video Production Overview

Quality Assurance

Use a quality assurance checklist to ensure that all essential elements in your course are thoroughly evaluated to ensure a high-quality learning experience. This includes content accuracy, instructional design, interactivity, and technical functionality.

Canvas provides a multi-level Course Evaluation Checklist to support Canvas course creators and elevate the quality of their online courses.

Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0

Course Outline and Timeline Template

To assist in prepping for a course, template guides can be helpful tools to structure, align, and deliver information.

A Course Outline and Timeline is a planning tool used to identify the major topics and subtopics of a course. This template will help visualize the best way to group and organize your course content that can later be structured directly into your course in Canvas.

For example, modules can be organized based on concepts, skills, time periods, geography, or sequences. 

Download the Course Outline and Timeline Template (.docx)

Download an Example Course Outline and Timeline (.docx)

Course Map Template

A Course Map is used to visually outline the sequence of topics, learning objectives, and assessments throughout a course to ensure alignment and coherence.

Our Course Map Template also connects instructional materials, learning activities, and course tools to the learning objectives and assessments.

The template below has an example filled in the first row.

Download the Course Map Template (.docx)

Syllabus Template

A Syllabus is used to provide a standardized format for organizing course information, expectations, policies, and schedules, ensuring clarity and consistency for both instructors and students throughout the course.

Download the Syllabus Template (.docx)