• Need training this summer?

    The Office of Distance Learning is offering online workshops designed to help instructors with remote teaching this summer. These sessions review strategies of quality instruction, including using a course template, engaging learners with online activities, and designing effective assessments.

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Training & Workshops

Whether you're just getting started or you're a seasoned user of FSU's teaching and learning technologies, our experts can help you take your skills to the next level. We offer workshops, webinars, and one-on-one consultations on a variety of topics, from universal design and accessibility and do-it-yourself media tools to using Canvas and other instructional technologies.

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Training for Remote Instruction

To help instructors with remote teaching for the summer, we're providing online workshops on a wide range of topics. Review our offerings below and register for the session that best fits your needs. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for a one-on-one consultation or to learn about a virtual series on open educational resources.

Create Asynchronous Videos with Kaltura
We can help you feel at ease in developing, incorporating, and managing media in your Canvas course site. This webinar demonstrates how the Kaltura Personal Capture recording tool can help you with announcements, lectures, modules, and more.

Facilitator: ODL Media Group
Summer 2020 Offerings: May 29, July 1, July 23

Design Effective Assessments
Learn how to create, deliver, and interpret the results of exams delivered via Canvas. Topics include enhancing exam security, working with test pools, and using test statistics to improve exams.

Facilitator: John L. Crow, PhD, Instructional Development Faculty
Summer 2020 Offerings: May 27, June 10, July 9, July 21

Engage Learners with Online Activities
This webinar focuses on the variety of ways you can engage your students in the remote learning environment. Course discussion boards and student video projects are popular tools for engagement. Students can also post assignments like videos, presentations, and papers for group feedback.

Facilitator: Liying Miao, Instructional Development Faculty
Summer 2020 Offerings: May 14, June 17, June 30, July 29

Make Materials Work for All Learners with Universal Design
Universal design for learning involves creating course materials that are usable by all people without needing to make accommodations to your course design. Learn about the principles and practice of universal design, how to make your Canvas site and digital course content accessible, and how tools such as Bb Ally help make the process easier.

Facilitator: John L. Crow, PhD, Instructional Development Faculty
Summer 2020 Offerings: May 19, June 3, June 23, July 15

Make the Most of Assignments, Rubrics & Gradebook
The proper use of assignments and rubrics can be a major time saver when managing student grades. Learn how to set up different types of assignments, including Turnitin, media, and peer review. This webinar also covers how to develop custom rubrics for speed grading and best practices for managing the Canvas Gradebook.

Facilitator: John Braswell, Instructional Technology Faculty
Summer 2020 Offerings: May 20, June 4, July 7

Online Library Services
FSU Libraries provide access to services and resources for distance learning faculty and students. This webinar demonstrates how to use library tools in your online courses. Learn about integrations in Canvas, synchronous and asynchronous learning support opportunities, information literacy tools, and open educational resources.

Facilitator: Lindsey Wharton, Extended Campus & Distance Services Librarian
Summer 2020 Offerings: June 1, July 8, July 28

Organize Your Course for Student Success
In online courses, module-level objectives are critical to delivering instruction that meets quality standards. This webinar focuses on how to organize your course using module-level objectives that are aligned with class materials, activities, and assessments. Like a study guide for the unit, these objectives help students focus their learning.

Facilitators: Annette Jones, PhD, Instructional Development Faculty, and John Braswell, Instructional Technology Faculty
Summer 2020 Offerings: May 13, May 26, June 11, June 25, July 22

Promote Participation with Zoom
In this webinar, you'll join a Zoom meeting and learn how to set up navigation and participant access in your course site. Get an overview of meeting settings and experience Zoom from the participant and moderator point of view, including sharing files, participating in breakout rooms, and saving recorded sessions.

Facilitator: Chuck McCann, Instructional Technology Specialist
Summer 2020 Offerings: May 22, June 18, July 14

Quality Remote Teaching: The Big Picture
This webinar takes a broad look at six strategies of quality remote instruction: using a course template, writing module-level objectives, designing effective assessments, engaging learners with online activities, making materials work for all learners with universal design, and staying present with your students. 

Facilitator: John Braswell, Instructional Technology Faculty
Summer 2020 Offerings: May 12, May 28, June 9, June 24

Stay Present with Canvas Communication Tools
Effective communication is key to fostering an active online learning environment. Learn how to use Canvas announcements, discussions, intro videos, and emails to communicate with students. In addition to Canvas's built-in tools, this webinar reviews free options such as Flipgrid and Padlet that can be used in online courses.

Facilitator: Liying Miao, Instructional Development Faculty
Summer 2020 Offerings: May 21, June 2, June 16, July 16


One-on-One Consultations

This online consultation provides individualized help with questions you may have about remote instruction, such as using Canvas and associated academic technologies or setting up web conferencing with your students.


OER Virtual Summer Series

The Capital City Virtual Series on Open Educational Resources (OER) is open to Tallahassee-area faculty, students, and administrators. You'll learn about OER and how they can help support student success. Visit the FSU Libraries page for more information and to register.

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