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


  • June
  • July
  • August

Teaching Tools: Canvas Modules

This introductory workshop will guide faculty through course building using Modules. We will discuss how instructors can use modules to direct and facilitate student learning. We will also discuss how to direct students to modules from the Home page using buttons.


Duration: Two (2) hours
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Courtney Felton and Tyler Weldon

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Teaching Tools: Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere helps transform one-sided presentation into a two-way conversation. Using this web-based audience response systems provides presenters the ability to embed interactive activities directly into their presentation. The audience can respond to the activities on the web or via SMS texting. Participants in this session will learn about the types of polls offered, how to create an activity and how to manage and display poll responses. There will be interactive activities and you are invited to bring your mobile device to participate.


Duration: Two (2) hours
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Zhetao Guo and Tyler Weldon

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GoReact Camp

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.


Duration: Six (6) hours in three sessions
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: CTL 243, lunch sponsored by vendor
Attendees: max 40
Facilitator(s): Joseph Kane, Tyler Weldon

Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Attendees: max 3
Facilitator(s): Joseph Kane, Tyler Weldon, and Courtney Felton

Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: CTL 243
Attendees: max 3
Facilitator(s): Joseph Kane, Tyler Weldon, and Courtney Felton

Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Attendees: max 3
Facilitator(s): Joseph Kane, Tyler Weldon, and Courtney Felton

Time: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: CTL 243
Attendees: max 3
Facilitator(s): Joseph Kane, Tyler Weldon, and Courtney Felton

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Universal Design for Learning: Principles of Universal Design for Learning

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 learn about Universal Design for Learning and the application of its guiding principles in higher education case studies. Participants will begin applying UDL principles to course development, particularly to 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.


Duration: Three (3) hours
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai, Courtney Felton, and Justin Quinn

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Online Design and Teaching: Tips for Online Course Delivery (Course 6)

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 also 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 workshop provides an opportunity for participants to learn about the various resources and support services available through UAB.


Duration: Three (3) hours
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Pam Paustian and Samira Laouzai

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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.


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 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.


Duration: Six (6) hours in three sessions
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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

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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