Faculty development opportunities

Spring 2020 Faculty Development Workshops

Instructor Presence in Online Courses

This workshop is led by Mike Caulfield, Director of Blended and Networked Learning.  Instructors in online classes often struggle to connect with students, and students often complain that instructors aren't really engaged with the course, even when instructors are working overtime. This informal workshop will introduce a few simple techniques to increase "instructor presence" in courses, deepening connection to students in more visible and effective ways.

Sign up for Instructor Presence in Online Courses, to be held online via Zoom on Wednesday, May 6, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Alternative Assessments in Online Courses

This workshop will be led by Mike Caulfield, Director of Blended and Networked Learning. There are some learning goals that require traditional assessment, but often the best way to assess students isn't a test or a paper. This informal workshop will introduce some alternate methods of assessing students, many of which are less vulnerable to cheating and more accurate assessment of student ability. Please register here.

Sign up for Alternative Assessments in Online Courses, to be held online via Zoom on Thursday, May 7, 3 - 4 p.m.

If you can’t attend one of the scheduled workshops you can utilize our other resources:

Available Training

Academic Affairs and Academic Services recently offered the following faculty development opportunities. If you are interested in providing any of these sessions for your department, please contact Chris Rhoads at 6-9709 or crhoads@wsu.edu.


Using OneDrive for Storage and Sharing

This entry level presentation covers how to save documents to OneDrive for easy, off-campus access to your work files and how to share these files with others.

Collaborating with OneDrive

The companion class to “Using OneDrive for Storage and Sharing,” this class digs deeper into how to work on specific documents with other people using comments, revision histories, and concurrent editing.

Office 365 Collaboration and Sharing

In this session you learn the tools and skills to allow you to share and collaborate on documents with colleagues or students using the Office365 suite of applications. Perhaps you’re feeling limited by some of Blackboard’s tools and would like an alternate way to comment on student work. Maybe you’d like to know techniques for using Office365 to foster collaboration on documents for student group work. We’ll also provide instruction on Microsoft Forms, and Sway, tools you may not have used before in Office365. Of course, we’ll be highlighting Universal Design and accessibility best practices throughout the sessions.


Universal Design: Building a Class That Serves Everyone

This session goes over what Universal Design for accessibility means and what it looks like in practice, and offers some baby steps you can take towards it.

Accessible Documents

Ensuring that your documents are accessible is a fairly easy process. Learn how to create accessible Word and PowerPoint documents from the start and how to fix those documents that are not currently accessible.

Accessible/Affordable Videos

Finding video content that is both affordable and accessible can be difficult. Learn the challenges and various options available for incorporating more media in course spaces.

Hidden Disabilities

with Michael Dunn, associate professor of special education and literacy
Learn and discuss different types of hidden disabilities and how to help these students manage academic tasks.

Hidden Disabilities

with Dr. Allison Chambers, Staff Psychologist
Increase knowledge and awareness of mental health disorders that commonly impact university students, the signs and symptoms to look for, and how to support individuals experiencing distress.

Captioning YouTube Videos Using Amara

Learn step-by-step instructions for captioning and subtitling YouTube videos for Universal Design or disability accommodations using Amara.


Getting Started with Blackboard

This is a faculty-driven introduction to Blackboard and covers topics such as uploading your syllabus, organizing your materials, setting up your gradebook, assignments and quizzes.

Organizing Your Class in Blackboard

Learn simple techniques to organize and label your activities in Blackboard including week or module-based folder structures, “imperative” labels, video and document embedding, and completed weekly checklists.

Blackboard Tips and Tricks

Explore some of the relatively unknown aspects of Blackboard and learn ways to utilize them for your course as well as how to make functions that you currently use work better for you.

Better Quizzes with Blackboard

Learn how to use the best of Blackboard’s quiz features without falling into the deadly trap of the over-engineered quiz.

Accessible Blackboard

Following a few simple guidelines can make a huge difference in the accessibility of your course and ensure compliance with accommodation letters.


Getting Started with Labs Sites

The labs sites are a web environment for faculty to advertise their and/or their students’ work. In this workshop, we cover the basics of how to administer your site, add users, craft pages, and design the general look of your site.

Helping Students Sort Fact from Fiction on the Web

Learn the latest research on why web readers struggle in evaluating web information, what strategies work, and how these strategies can be taught in any class.

Preparing Your Class for a Campus Closure

Learn how to prepare your class to use technology during a campus closure.

Video Tools and Zoom

In this session you’ll learn more about using Zoom to extend your class outside of the traditional classroom, and the benefits and best practices for accomplishing that. You’ll learn about classroom management techniques for videoconference classes, whether they be small seminars or large classes, and how to facilitate discussions using Zoom. Accessibility and Universal Design tips and techniques will also be a focus throughout all the topics.

You’ll acquire skills in: Using Zoom; scheduling and attending sessions; videoconference etiquette; screen and document sharing; discussion moderation using chat, hand raising, live audio; Recording capabilities; captioning and accessibility features.