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

  • April

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


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 a 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


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)


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