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


  • October
  • November
  • December

Universal Design for Learning: Course 1 - Foundation - What is UDL?

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that focuses on providing equal learning opportunities for all individuals. 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: October 2, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai, Courtney Felton, and Justin Quinn

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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.


Points: 10,000
Date: October 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Randi Kirkland

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Online Design and Teaching: Course 1 - Foundation of Course Design: Learning Objectives, Alignment, and Course Development Process

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: October 18, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Courtney Felton and Zhetao Guo

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Quality Matters: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

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: 20,000
Date: October 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Meegie Wheat

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Teaching Tools: GoReact

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: 10,000
Date: October 30, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Jerad Watson, Tyler Weldon

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Quality Matters: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

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: 20,000
Date: November 5-16
Time: N/A
Location: Online
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai

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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 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.


Points: 10,000
Date: November 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Jerad Watson, Tyler Weldon

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Online Design and Teaching: Course 2 - Developing Assessments and Learning Activities for your Online Course

Understanding the components of quality online education is a critical first step toward successfully developing a quality online or hybrid course. In this workshop, participants will continue to learn about the course design process and learn how to develop assessments and engaging learning activities that align with course and unit learning objectives.


Points: 10,000
Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Randi Kirkland

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Universal Design for Learning: Course 2 - How to Apply UDL Principles

In this workshop, participants will review the three guiding principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and apply them to existing/new online or hybrid courses. Particularly, participants will learn how to select appropriate course components to incorporate UDL principles and meet the needs of diverse learners including those who qualify for disability support services.


Points: 10,000
Date: November 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Courtney Felton

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Online Design and Teaching: Course 3 - Developing Instructional Materials for your Online Course

Understanding the components of quality online education is a critical first step toward successfully developing a quality online or hybrid course. In this course, participants learn how to select/create instructional materials that align with course and unit learning objectives, learning activities, and assessments. Participants will also learn about copyright and intellectual property issues that arise in creating and using instructional materials.


Points: 10,000
Date: December 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai, Jeffrey Graveline, and Meegie Wheat

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