For 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 60,000 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 40,000 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


  • July
  • August

Quality Matters: Introduction to Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and hybrid/blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. In this session, participants will learn about UAB’s QM initiative and the QM professional development opportunities available through UAB. In addition, participants will receive an update on the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition and learn about internal and official course review processes.


Duration: Two (2) hours
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Randi Kirkland

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Teaching Tools: Canvas New Gradebook and Grades Publishing

This workshop will be broken into two parts. The first part will explore the New Gradebook Canvas is releasing. New features include filtering and arranging columns, color coding grading statuses, and late submission policies have been added. Participants in this session will learn about the new Gradebook features.

The second part of the workshop will explore grade publishing from Canvas. 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.


Duration: Three (3) hours
Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Tyler Weldon, Jerad Watson, and Daniel Jones

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Teaching Tools: NBC Learn Camp

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 how to search, download, and embed NBC Learn videos in Canvas. In addition, participants will learn how to use the NBC Learn’s Curriculum Alignment feature and other support services. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop or device of their choice to participate in the session.

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Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Select morning or mid-day Workshop (same content) –

Time: 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM, breakfast sponsored by vendor
Location: CTL 243
Attendees: max 40
Facilitator(s): Melissa Cail and Tyler Weldon

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: SL 174
Attendees: max 40
Facilitator(s): Melissa Cail and Tyler Weldon

If one-on-one training is desired, select from the sessions below –

Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Attendees: max 3
Facilitator(s): Melissa Cail, Tyler Weldon, and Meegie Wheat

Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: CTL 243
Attendees: max 3
Facilitator(s): Melissa Cail, Tyler Weldon, and Meegie Wheat

Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Attendees: max 3
Facilitator(s): Melissa Cail, Tyler Weldon, and Meegie Wheat

Time: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: CTL 243
Attendees: max 3
Facilitator(s): Melissa Cail, Tyler Weldon, and Meegie Wheat

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