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


  • February
  • March
  • April

TT: Canvas New Gradebook and Grades Publishing


Course Description:
Canvas has released a new Gradebook which is enabled in all Canvas courses for the Spring 2019 semester. This new and improved version makes grading more flexible and intuitive. Some of the new features include filtering and arranging columns, color coding grading statuses, and late submission policies. Participants in this session will learn about the new Gradebook features and where to locate new Gradebook online resources.
Participants in this session will also learn how grades inside Canvas can be automatically published to BlazerNet. Following a few quick steps, Canvas grades can be sent to Banner. Setting up a grading scheme and weighting grades are couple of the steps that will be covered in this training.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Organize the Gradebook for your needs
  2. Enable Late Policies
  3. Enter/edit grades w/ Grade Detail Tray
  4. Create Weighted Assignment Groups
  5. Drop lowest/highest grade
  6. Set up a grading scheme
  7. Sync Grades to BlazerNET

Points: 10,000
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Jerad Watson

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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)


Course Description:
The Quality Matters' flagship workshop on the Quality Matters (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. It is particularly helpful to those new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning.

In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review process, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement.

The APPQMR workshop is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Learning 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 to review online courses.
  4. Make decisions on whether the demo 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.

Points: 20,000
Dates: Monday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 13, 2019 attendance both days is required
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM both days, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Randi Kirkland, Courtney Felton

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TT: Zoom (Academic Use)


Course Description:
This introductory workshop will provide faculty and staff with information on using Zoom for teaching purposes. Zoom provides users the ability to seamlessly create video conferences and instantly record and add to Kaltura media space inside Canvas. We will discuss how to access your account, schedule and host a meeting, and record and publish meetings.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Set up a Zoom account
  2. Schedule a Zoom meeting
  3. Start a Zoom meeting
  4. View scheduled Zoom meetings as a student
  5. Record and archive a Zoom meeting
  6. Review Zoom host controls

Points: 10,000
Date: Thursday February 14, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: ONLINE
Facilitator(s): Jerad Watson, Tyler Weldon

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TT: Media Space/Kaltura (Beginner-Intermediate)


Course Description:
The Media Space platform is a resource available for students and faculty to store and publish digital content for academic purposes at UAB. Video, audio and image files may be uploaded, organized and shared through Media Space. Users also have options for modifying the content after it is uploaded, including editing, closed captioning and interactive quizzes.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Access Media Space
  2. Log on to MyMedia
  3. Upload media
  4. Modify uploaded media
  5. Review Use Cases

Points: 10,000
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Jerad Watson, Keith Bailey

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UDL: Foundations - What is UDL?


Course Description:
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) 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 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.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the principles of Universal Design for Learning
  2. Recognize the principles of Universal Design for Learning in online higher education courses
  3. Explain the need for Universal Design for Learning and how its principles address accessibility
  4. Explain the scientific bases for the principles of Universal Design for Learning

Points: 10,000
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai, Courtney Felton

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TT: Canvas Modules


Course Description:
This introductory workshop will guide faculty through course building using Canvas Modules. We will discuss how instructors can use Canvas Modules to direct and facilitate student learning. We will also discuss how to direct students to Modules from the Canvas course homepage using buttons.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Create and organize course content in Modules to control flow of course
  2. Set requirements and prerequisites on Modules
  3. Use Module settings to ensure mastery of course activities

Points: 10,000
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Jerad Watson, Courtney Felton

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ODT: Tips for Successful Online Course Delivery


Course Description:
This workshop covers the additional skills required for the successful delivery of online content. In this workshop, participants will discuss faculty and students misconceptions around online teaching and learning and the challenges of online content delivery. Participants will learn about the impact of the following: good course planning, components of an online course syllabus, and the importance of building online communities for students’ success. The facilitators will share tips for giving effective feedback and increasing interaction and engagement in online courses. The workshop is a great opportunity for participants to learn about the various resources and support services available through UAB.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the challenges and misconceptions associated with online teaching
  2. Discuss key elements of quality online course design and delivery
  3. Identify the minimum components of an online course syllabus
  4. Describe strategies that promote student engagement in online courses
  5. Identify effective student feedback strategies
  6. Identify faculty resources and support services available through UAB

Points: 10,000
Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Pamela Paustian, Samira Laouzai

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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)


Course Description:
The Quality Matters' flagship workshop on the Quality Matters (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. It is particularly helpful to those new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning.

In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review process, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement.

The APPQMR workshop is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Learning 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 to review online courses.
  4. Make decisions on whether the demo 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.

Points: 20,000
Date: March 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai, Zhetao Guo

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TT: NBC Learn


Course Description:
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 a Canvas course. In addition, participants will learn how to use the NBC Learn’s Curriculum Alignment feature and other support services.

Learning 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. Discuss key features of NBC Learn
  4. Locate additional resources available to instructors through NBC Learn

Points: 10,000
Date: March 21, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: ONLINE
Facilitator(s): Jerad Watson

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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)


Course Description:
The Quality Matters' flagship workshop on the Quality Matters (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. It is particularly helpful to those new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning.

In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review process, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement.

The APPQMR workshop is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Learning 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 to review online courses.
  4. Make decisions on whether the demo 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.

Points: 20,000
Duration: Two (2) Weeks
Dates: April 1-12, 2019
Time: N/A
Location: ONLINE
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai

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TT: Canvas New Gradebook and Grades Publishing


Course Description:
Canvas has released a new Gradebook which is enabled in all Canvas courses for the Spring 2019 semester. This new and improved version makes grading more flexible and intuitive. Some of the new features include filtering and arranging columns, color coding grading statuses, and late submission policies. Participants in this session will learn about the new Gradebook features and where to locate new Gradebook online resources.

Participants in this session will also learn how grades inside Canvas can be automatically published to BlazerNet. Following a few quick steps, Canvas grades can be sent to Banner. Setting up a grading scheme and weighting grades are couple of the steps that will be covered in this training.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Organize the Gradebook for your needs
  2. Enable Late Policies
  3. Enter/edit grades w/ Grade Detail Tray
  4. Create Weighted Assignment Groups
  5. Drop lowest/highest grade
  6. Set up a grading scheme
  7. Sync Grades to BlazerNET

Points: 10,000
Date: April 3, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: ONLINE
Facilitator(s): Jerad Watson

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TT: GoReact


Course Description:
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/peers can provide feedback during the live presentation.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the different types of GoReact assignments
  2. Create a new GoReact assignment inside Canvas
  3. Show how students complete an assignment
  4. Describe how students complete a peer-review using GoReact
  5. Describe how to grade student submissions using GoReact

Points: 10,000
Date: April 8, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Jerad Watson, Joseph Kane (GoReact)

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UDL: How to Apply UDL Principles


Course Description:
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) 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.

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

Points: 10,000
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai, Courtney Felton

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