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Faculty Development

The Office of Distance Education offers faculty many development opportunities. We strive 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



Summer 2015 Online Faculty Development Program

The Office of Distance Education is offering The Foundations of Teaching Online, a fully online program introducing best practices for the online or blended teacher. As content and interactivity changes each year, we recommend and encourage retakes. Participation in this program satisfies the CAPC training requirement.

When: June 1 - June 12, 2015

Where: online via D2L

Program content includes:

  • Foundational Concepts
  • Continual Engagement
  • Social Media in Online Learning
  • Assessment Strategies
  • Dynamic Content
  • Generational Learning Styles
  • Universal Design
  • Copyright Issues

We will be on campus throughout the session to help you face-to-face as needed.

Program participants should have basic D2L skills before participating in this program. More information regarding D2L can be found on IT's D2L website.

To register, please complete our registration form by Friday, May 22.

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


2014-2015 Distance Education Initiative

This initiative is a University-wide effort funded by the External Operations Division that aims to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student experience by training and supporting faculty to create distance education course offerings. These re-designed courses will improve instructional effectiveness by utilizing innovative teaching strategies and increase flexibility of course offerings for both students and faculty.

Priority will be given to courses that meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Satisfy the university’s general education distributive core
  2. Are offered in the summer or winter term
  3. Are required courses within departmental programs, especially graduate programs

*Priority will also be given to faculty who have little or no prior online teaching experience.


Proposal Instructions

Faculties are invited to submit an application for this initiative for a distance education course (50%-100% online) within their program.  Twenty faculty members will be selected as a cohort and work to obtain training and transform one course throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. 


Faculty Participation Eligibility

  • Have not participated in the "Distance Education Initiative" or the "Blended/Flipped Course Initiative" (offered by TLAC) in the last 2 years.
  • Have a new online course to propose or an existing online course to revise.



Each member chosen for this cohort is eligible for an $1,000 stipend or professional development fund upon satisfying the following:

  1. Attend two cohort meetings: one in fall 2014 and one in spring 2015.
  2. Training requirements:
    • Meet with one of the Instructional Designers from the Office of Distance Education to create a training/development plan. 
    • Implement the training plan with at least 6 hours of training/event participation throughout the 2014-15 academic year. The training may include workshops and events held by the Office of Distance Education, TLAC, and D2L Services. E.g. DE workshops, Lunch & Learn speaker series, D2L workshops, etc.
    • Participation in the online component (D2L site with monthly readings and discussions).
  3. Successful distance education course proposal submission to CAPC by March, 2015 and subsequent approval by May, 2015.
  4. Showcase the fully created new/redesigned course in the annual Distance Education Open House, which is normally held in the fall and open to all WCU community members.

Interested faculty must submit a completed application form, signature page for consideration. Completed application forms and/or questions can be sent to Pat Brander: Deadline for Applications September 22, 2014.



Schedule Training

Please contact us if you are interested in customized group or one-on-one training for online course design/development, technology integration, or other related topics.