Professional Development

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Faculty Online Readiness Checklist

Teaching Online Orientation

The foundations, we have you covered.

This fully-online course covers the basic information needed to teach online. ADA compliant syllabus templates, quality reviewed course templates, rubrics, student success tips, Canvas Gradebook instruction, and resources for finding course design help are featured.

This Canvas-based course can be completed in approximately 4 hours. Stipend available for eligible faculty-- $100.


  1. Getting Started
  2. Learning Canvas
  3. Online Course Design & Pedagogy
  4. Innovation
  5. Policies and Practices

Teaching Online: Pedagogy and Practice

Online Designer/Facilitator Certification

The Teaching Online: Pedagogy and Practice workshop is designed to introduce faculty and staff to research-based practices in effective course development and design. There are 8 modules full of current information about teaching in general and online teaching in particular, giving you the opportunity to experience Canvas from the student's perspective. The workshop milestones are designed to set a solid foundation for understanding the basics of effective course development. 

  • Self-paced, 8-week Teaching Online: Pedagogy and Practice (TOPP) workshop (fully-online or Hybrid)
  • 8 modules of research-based best practices in effective course development and design
  • Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week, depending on the level of previous experience with online learning
  • Successful completion of all the badges earns a $500 stipend
  • Supported by the instructional design team as you move through the workshop

Flex/Online Teaching Orientation

Be the best of both worlds

This self-paced fully-online course covers the basic information needed to teach a flexible or blended online course. Included in this faculty training are tips for live class facilitation, communicating with students in a remote format, using the Canvas grade book for assignments, and tips/strategies for effective facilitation of flexible learning experiences. This Canvas-based course can be completed in approximately 4 hours. Topics covered:

  • Teaching a Flexible Course Overview and Resources
  • Maximizing Canvas for Flexible Teaching and Learning
  • Flexible Pedagogy, Designing Activities and Assessments for a Flexible Course
  • Facilitating Live Remote Course Sessions and Recording Lectures
  • Setting Expectations, Creating a Communication Plan, and Launching your Flexible Course

Teaching Assistant Basics for Online Courses

Learn the basics

Teaching Assistant Basics for Online Courses is a 6 module (6-hour) workshop targeted to Teaching Assistants includes the basics of facilitating and providing course assistance to instructors in online courses for any discipline. This course highlights getting started with Canvas and navigating basics for each role, uploading and maintaining course content, creating assessment and grading, integrating media and technology within the course, identifying facilitation techniques for live sessions, and applying implementation strategies for FAU policies including academic integrity. A $100 stipend is able for successful completion for eligible faculty.

Instructional Technology Webinars

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Open Lab

You walk in, we assist.

Open Lab is a great opportunity for FAU faculty and staff to get help with eLearning questions or to brainstorm with an instructional designer about online course delivery strategies and effective practices. No appointment necessary!

  • Instructional Designers available to assist with any online course issues
  • Receive assistance in-person or virtually
  • No appointment necessary

The Center for Online and Continuing Education hosts Open Lab every Friday and Monday on the Boca Raton, Davie, and Jupiter campuses.

Please see Locations & Hours page for visiting details.