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Distance Education

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Distance Education

Wayne Hall
6th Floor
125 W. Rosedale Ave.
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2948
Fax: 610-436-2189

Distance Education Support
Phone: 610-436-3373

Training and Support

Distance Education offers faculty many development opportunities. We work to keep faculty informed of best practices for online/blended teaching and emerging e-learning technology tools. We offer a range of workshops through face-to-face and online formats, as well as individual consultation. Topics include:

  • Effective strategies for online course design, development and delivery
  • Techniques to facilitate multiple forms of online communication, manage online group projects, and promote interaction
  • Assessing online students and academic integrity issues
  • Effective use of media and Web 2.0 tools to enhance your course
  • E-learning technology trends and integration

Online / Blended Faculty Development Program (CAPC Required)

A fully online, 2 or 3 week mostly asynchronous program that introduces faculty to best practices for online and blended teaching.  Successful completion of the program earn faculty the CAPC Distance Education Statement.  Facilitated by an instructional designer and a seasoned WCU online faculty member, participants engage with ten modules that cover:

  • Foundational Concepts
  • Setting Objectives
  • Developing Learning Activities
  • Continual Engagement
  • Assessment
  • Online Learners
  • eLearning Tools
  • Mobile Learning
  • Copyright and Library Resources
  • Capstone Project

Program participants should have basic D2L skills before participating in the program. More information regarding D2L can be found on D2L Services' website. On campus, face-to-face support throughout the session is available.

As content and interactivity change yearly, we recommend and encourage retakes.

If you would like to learn more or have any questions about the Online Faculty Development Program, please feel free to contact the Distance Education at


Upcoming Offerings

August 5 to 16

October 7 to 25

January 6 to 17, 2020


Register for any upcoming offering listed above through this Qualitrics OFD Registration form.

Renewing Your CAPC Distance Education Statement (CAPC Required)

The CAPC policy on The Training of New and Experienced Distance Education Faculty , states that faculty members must renew their CAPC Distance Education Statement every five years in order to stay current with best practices.  Distance Education Services offers the following options for renewing a statement:

Online / Blended Faculty Development Program (OFD) Options

1. Retake the Online/Blended Faculty Development Program (OFD)

See above for information and registration.

2. Co-facilitate OFD

Prerequisite: successful completion of an Online / Blended Faculty Development Program and three or more years of online teaching experience at WCU.
Five opportunities are offered to experienced online faculty per year. Not all faculty are guaranteed to get a slot. Contact your assigned instructional designer to indicate your interest.

Quality Matters (QM) Options

3. Attend the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Training

Completing the APPQMR full day workshop will renew your CAPC Distance Education Statement. It is facilitated by a WCU instructional designer. Participants must attend the whole day from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Here is the interest form.

4. Obtain Quality Matters Course Certification
Prerequisite: acceptance into the Quality Matters Initiative

Earning the QM certification for one of your courses will renew your CAPC DE Statement.

5. Complete QM Peer Reviewer or Master Reviewer Training

Prerequisite: successful completion of APPQMR training 

Completing either course will renew your CAPC DE Statement. Both courses are typically 2 to 3 weeks in length and asynchronous. QM workshops are rigorous and have firm deadlines, so be sure you have adequate time to complete the required assignments. Faculty interested in either course should contact their assigned instructional designer for registration information.

6. Participate on a WCU Quality Matters Course Review Team

Prerequisite: successful completion of QM Peer Reviewer (PRC) training
Serving on a QM Peer Review team for a WCU managed peer review will renew your CAPC DE Statement.


To help you fit training into your busy schedule, Distance Education offers online training webinars each semester. Upcoming webinars are listed on the FAST training calendar.  Webinars are usually recorded and can be viewed on the Distance Education YouTube channel.    

Self-Paced Technology Training

Faculty can participate in 100% online, self-paced workshops that guide them towards becoming an expert user of different technology tools. Trainings vary by semester and you can sign up at any time. The workshops are facilitated by an instructional designer. Email Tom Pantazes at

to register.

Current Workshops

  • Camtasia

  • VoiceThread

eTextbook Initiative

Through our eTextbook Initiative, faculty help combat the rising costs of textbooks by learning how to build their own high-quality, interactive electronic textbooks. These eTextbooks are then provided to WCU students for free, helping to lower the overall cost of their education while removing the financial barrier to obtaining these educational materials. Please see the initiative’s faculty information page for more about the application process, participation requirements, and stipends for completed eTextbooks.

Network of Distance Educators (NODE)

A voluntary program that facilitates 30-minute conversations between pairs of WCU faculty members.  NODE helps faculty improve their connections across campus and enhances the sharing of successful ideas, teaching strategies, and productivity concepts. Participants "opt-in" to calls each week, so they participate as their schedules permit.  Conversations occur on Fridays through a simple video conference tool.  Any individual who teaches at West Chester University is eligible to participate.  If you wish to learn more or join the network, email Tom Pantazes at

Distance Education Initiative

For the last three academic years, Distance Education funded a University-wide initiative to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student experience in distance education courses. Selected faculty members move as cohorts to receive training and support in the development or redesign of distance education courses. Faculty members work one-on-one with Instructional Designers, attend at least 6 hours of training, and successfully submit their course for CAPC approval.

Customized Training Sessions

Distance Education can develop sessions or trainings to meet your individual or department distance education needs. Contact us at

today to start the planning process.

Past Offerings

Un-Seminar Luncheons
A monthly gathering for distance educators to share and learn together. You bring the questions, we bring the food, and together we learn.

Lunch'n Learn Series
Distance Education in collaboration with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center (TLAC) hosted guest lectures on a variety of topics for online and face-to-face educators.

Faculty Seminars
Selected faculty share their experiences on a variety of teaching topics over lunch. These sessions are co-sponsored with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center (TLAC) for both online and face-to-face educators.

Flipped Initiative
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Distance Education partnered with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center to run the Utilizing Flipped Instruction in Blended Courses Initiative. A selected cohort of faculty developed and applied flipped classroom instructional strategies for a blended course environment.

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