eLearning BadgeFor the past several years, the number of students learning online has been growing faster than predicted by higher education leaders. Along with the increasing demand for online programs, learners have higher expectations for the quality of online education. To help instructors meet the challenges of teaching online, UAB eLearning, in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning, Disability Support Services, and other units across campus will begin offering an exciting new series of workshops. The eLearning series will provide professional development opportunities, primarily focused on online and hybrid course design and teaching, Universal Design for Learning, and Teaching Tools.

The Online Design and Teaching Certificate will be awarded to individuals who earn 100,000 points of which 70,000 points must be earned from at least one Universal Design for Learning (UDL) workshop and at least one Online Design and Teaching (ODT) workshop. Attending the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop also satisfies the ODT component workshop. The remaining 30,000 points may be earned from the Teaching Tools workshops and other approved electives.  



Universal Design for Learning
Online Design and Teaching
Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Teaching Tools


  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April

Teaching Tools: Canvas Automated Alerts


Inside BlazerNet, faculty have the option to setup automatic alerts for their Canvas course. These alerts email students who have not logged into Canvas within a specified time frame.

Points: 5,000
Date: January 22, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM CDST
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Daniel Jones, Meegie Wheat

Objectives:
  1. Identify students who have not logged into Canvas within a specified time frame
  2. Create an automatic alert inside BlazerNet
  3. Locate responses from students to automatic alerts

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Online Design and Teaching: Foundation of Course Design (Course 1)


Understanding the components of quality online education is a critical first step toward developing a quality online or hybrid course. In this course, participants will be introduced to the Quality Matters standards, and learn how integrating Universal Design Principles in their courses can help design content that meets the needs of a variety of learners. Participants will be introduced to the eLearning course design process and begin the course design/redesign process by creating measurable course-level learning objectives. To gain the most benefit from this course, participants are encouraged to focus on an individual course and to bring materials such as a syllabus if possible.

Points: 10,000
Date: January 25, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 PM CDST
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai and Courtney Felton

Objectives:
  1. Explain the need for UDL and how UDL addresses accessibility
  2. Recognize the components of the QM rubric in an online course
  3. Identify the components of the course design process
  4. Define alignment
  5. Evaluate a sample course plan for alignment among learning objectives, learning activities, and assessments
  6. Use Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain to create or revise course level objectives that are specific and measurable

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Universal Design for Learning: Foundation of UDL (Course 1)


Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that focuses on providing equal learning opportunities for all individuals. In this course, participants identify the three guiding principles of UDL in higher education case studies and begin applying them to course development, particularly in online and hybrid courses. In addition, participants will be introduced to some of the common accessibility issues that students face, and learn how applying UDL principles can address these issues while meeting the needs of diverse learners.

Points: 10,000
Date: January 26, 2018
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 AM CDST
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai, Courtney Felton and Justin Quinn

Objectives:
  1. Describe the principles of UDL
  2. Recognize the principles of UDL in online higher education courses
  3. Explain the need for UDL and how UDL addresses accessibility Explain scientific bases for UDL principles

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Teaching Tools: Kaltura and Video Best Practices


Inside Canvas the ability to record, upload, and share videos is provided by Kaltura. This software provides the option to record webcam presentations, screens, and audio. Previously recorded videos can also be uploaded and hosted via this software. Additional options include captioning, interactive video quizzing, and viewer analytics.

Points: 5,000
Date: February 2, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Justin Moon and Meegie Wheat

Objectives:
  1. Use Kaltura to create videos
  2. Embed Kaltura videos inside a Canvas course
  3. Apply additional features to videos including interactive quizzes and editing
  4. Identify best practices for recording desktop video recordings
  5. Use Kaltura to submit videos to DSS for captioning

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Teaching Tools: Boosting Engagement with NBC Learn


NBC Learn Higher Ed (highered.nbclearn.com) is a collection of more than 21,000 videos, documents, and images that can be incorporated into classroom lectures and online modules. The stories on NBC Learn Higher Ed are 2-6 minutes in length and designed so that faculty can give students access to digital content that is engaging, inspiring, and relevant to their daily lives. Participants in this session will learn to search, download, and embed videos into Canvas and hear best practices from professors currently using the resource.

Points: 5,000
Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Melissa Cail and Zhetao Guo

Objectives:
  1. Discuss the benefits of using media to support instruction
  2. Access NBC Learn in Canvas and locate videos that align with course or module objectives
  3. Identify best practices in incorporating media content in online or hybrid courses
  4. Locate additional resources available to instructors through NBC Learn

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Online Design and Teaching: Course Design Plan (Course 2)


Understanding the components of quality online education is a critical first step toward developing a quality online or hybrid course. In this course, participants continue to learn about the Quality Matters standards and incorporate Universal Design Principles to create measurable learning objectives for their course module(s). To gain the most benefit from this course, participants are encouraged to focus on an individual course and to bring materials such as a syllabus or course plan from previous workshop if possible.

Points: 10,000
Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Randi Kirkland

Objectives:
  1. Identify the QM standards for writing specific and measurable learning objectives
  2. Use Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain to create or revise course level objectives that are specific and measurable and aligned with course learning objectives
  3. Discuss how module objectives can increase student success in online courses

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Teaching Tools: ProctorU


Participants will learn about UAB's guidelines for utilizing ProctorU in online and on-ground courses. Facilitators will provide information for using ProctorU and share tutorials for students and instructors. This is a great opportunity for participants to learn about best practices for using ProctorU.

Points: 5,000
Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Gabriell Davis

Objectives:
  1. Identify uses of ProctorU in courses
  2. Set up ProctorU account, set up exams, and locate incident reports within Canvas
  3. Review the student experience with scheduling an exam, connecting to their proctor, and beginning a proctoring session with ProctorU in Canvas
  4. Locate support resources for instructors and students
  5. Discuss best practices in proctoring an online exam
  6. Locate UAB’s ProctorU guidelines on UAB eLearning’s website

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Universal Design for Learning: Applying UDL Principles to Instructional Materials (Course 2)


Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that focuses on providing equal learning opportunities for all individuals. In this course, participants will review the three guiding principles of UDL and apply them to course development in existing/new online or hybrid courses. Particularly, participants will learn how to select appropriate instructional media or create/revise instructional materials to incorporate UDL principles, and meet the needs of diverse learners including those who qualify for disability support services. To gain the most benefit from this course, participants are encouraged to focus on an individual course and to bring materials such as a syllabus, course materials, or course plan.

Points: 10,000
Date: February 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai and Courtney Felton

Objectives:
  1. Recognize the principles of UDL in online instructional materials
  2. Develop a plan for creating/revising instructional materials to incorporate UDL principles
  3. Locate sources of instructional materials that incorporate UDL principles

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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric APPQMR (Full-Day Workshop)


This is prerequisite to the Peer Reviewer Course, the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer. QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors. The workshop is helpful particularly to those who are new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning. In addition to learning about the course review process and the QM Rubric, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and will be able to draft helpful recommendations for course improvement. Registration is required.

Points: 15,000
Date: February 28
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Randi Kirkland

Objectives:
  1. Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters
  2. Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components
  3. Apply the QM Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014 to review online courses
  4. Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric Standards
  5. Apply the concept of alignment
  6. Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing Annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course

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Online Design and Teaching: Developing Assessments (Course 3)


Understanding the components of quality online education is a critical first step toward developing a quality online or hybrid course. In this course, participants continue to learn about the Quality Matters standards and incorporate Universal Design Principles in planning assessments for their course module(s) that align with course and module objectives. They will also discuss using appropriate tools to assist in assessing learning. To gain the most benefit from this course, participants are encouraged to focus on an individual course and to bring materials such as a syllabus or course plan from previous workshop if possible.

Points: 10,000
Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai, Meegie Wheat, and Courtney Felton

Objectives:
  1. Identify the QM standards for creating assessments that align with the course and module(s) learning objectives
  2. Use a course design plan for assessing student learning that align with the course and modules learning objectives, and employ Universal Design Principles
  3. Select appropriate tools for assessing learning in online or hybrid courses that provide test security

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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric APPQMR (Half-Day Workshops)


This is prerequisite to the Peer Reviewer Course, the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer. QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors. The workshop is helpful particularly to those who are new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning. In addition to learning about the course review process and the QM Rubric, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and will be able to draft helpful recommendations for course improvement. Registration is required.

Points: 15,000
Date: Tuesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 22 (both sessions required)
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Randi Kirkland and Courtney Felton

Objectives:
  1. Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters
  2. Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components
  3. Apply the QM Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014 to review online courses
  4. Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric Standards
  5. Apply the concept of alignment
  6. Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing Annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course

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Universal Design for Learning: Applying UDL Principles to Learning Activities (Course 3)


Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that focuses on providing equal learning opportunities for all individuals. In this course, participants will review the three guiding principles of UDL and apply them to course development in existing/new online or hybrid courses. Particularly, participants will learn to select appropriate tools and create learning activities to incorporate UDL principles, and meet the needs of diverse learners including those who qualify for disability support services. To gain the most benefit from this course, participants are encouraged to focus on an individual course and to bring materials such as a syllabus, course materials, or course plan.

Points: 10,000
Date: March 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai and Courtney Felton

Objectives:
  1. Recognize the principles of UDL in online learning activities
  2. Develop a plan for creating/revising learning activities to incorporate UDL principles
  3. Evaluate online tools for their incorporation of UDL principles

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Teaching Tools: Canvas-Banner Grade Publishing


At the end of each semester, grades inside Canvas can be automatically published to BlazerNet. Following a few quick steps, numerical grades can be converted and processed inside Banner. Setting up a grading scheme and weighting grades are couple of the steps that will be covered in this training.

Points: 5,000
Date: March 30, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Meegie Wheat and Daniel Jones

Objectives:
  1. Setup a grading scheme
  2. Weight your grade book to accurately calculate your final grade
  3. Automatically sync grades to BlazerNet
  4. Drop the lowest grade(s) in Canvas
  5. Complete Canvas grade book to communicate correct grade to Banner

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Teaching Tools: GoReact Follow-Up


The GoReact software allows faculty to setup online video feedback assignments inside a Canvas course. Students using this software can upload videos and receive timeline based feedback from an instructor and/or peers. This software also provides the option to create live events where the instructor/peer can provide feedback during the live presentation.

Points: 5,000
Date: April 3, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Courtney Felton and Tyler Weldon

Objectives:
  1. Create a new GoReact assignment inside Canvas
  2. Provide feedback to student submissions
  3. Grade student submissions

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Online Design and Teaching: Developing Instructional Materials (Course 4)


Understanding the components of quality online education is a critical first step toward developing a quality online or hybrid course. In this course, participants continue to learn about the Quality Matters standards, and incorporate Universal Design Principles to select/create instructional materials that align with course objectives, module objectives, and assessments. Participants will also learn about copyright and intellectual property issues that arise in creating and using instructional materials. To gain the most benefit from this course, participants are encouraged to focus on an individual course and to bring materials such as a syllabus or course plan from previous workshop if possible.

Points: 10,000
Date: April 5, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai, Jeffrey Graveline, and Courtney Felton

Objectives:
  1. Identify the QM standards for including instructional materials that align with the course and module(s) learning objectives
  2. Use a course design plan to design instructional materials that align with the course and module(s) learning objectives and employ Universal Design Principles
  3. Recognize copyright issues in creating and using instructional materials in online or hybrid environments

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Online Design and Teaching: Developing Learning Activities (Course 5)


Understanding the components of quality online education is a critical first step toward developing a quality online or hybrid course. In this course, participants continue to learn about the Quality Matters standards, and apply Universal Design Principles to select/create learning activities that meet the needs of a variety of learners. Participants will select appropriate learning activities that align with course and module learning objectives.

Points: 10,000
Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai, Randi Kirkland, and Courtney Felton

Objectives:
  1. Identify the QM standards for including learning activities that align with the course and module(s) learning objectives
  2. Use a course design plan to select tools and design learning activities that align with the course and modules learning objectives and employ Universal Design Principles
  3. Discuss the relationship between learning objectives, assessments, learning activities, and instructional materials

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Universal Design for Learning: Applying UDL Principles to Assessments (Course 4)


Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that focuses on providing equal learning opportunities for all individuals. In this course, participants will review the three guiding principles of UDL and apply them to course development in existing/new online or hybrid courses. Particularly, participants will learn to develop assessments that incorporate UDL principles and meet the needs of diverse learners including those who qualify for disability support services. Participants will also identify strategies for incorporating UDL into difficult situations such as classes where students must complete a particular type of assessment (such as an exam or research paper). To gain the most benefit from this course, participants are encouraged to focus on an individual course and to bring materials such as a syllabus, course materials, or course plan.

Points: 10,000
Date: April 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai and Zhetao Guo

Objectives:
  1. Recognize the principles of UDL and their application in higher education and online settings
  2. Develop a plan for creating/revising assessments to incorporate UDL principles
  3. Identify support/scaffolding for online projects including research-based assessments

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