Training & Professional Development

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About Our Training Learn more about the training and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
Training Events Calendar Register for upcoming training sessions.
Training Details Read more about upcoming and past training offerings.
Request an Appointment Schedule an appointment to speak with a member of the STaR team about training, faculty development, instructional design, or support services.

About our Training

Our instructional design and support staff are here to assist with expanding your online course design and teaching skills as well as address questions regarding Blackboard and other tools. We offer specialized training and support for faculty and students by appointment or walk-in. We also offer several professional development opportunities available including our Online Design & Delivery Certifications, STaR Summer Academy for Online Teaching Excellence, and Learning Shorts series.

Face-to-Face Training

We offer face-to-face training monthly and invite you to register via the STaR Events Calendar. These workshops cover everything from course design and Blackboard basics to more advanced topics like interaction and engagement. We encourage you to schedule a group session for your department or with your colleagues. It’s more fun that way and we can tailor the training to meet your needs. Contact the Star office to schedule a customized workshop today!

Online Training

Our online workshops are asynchronous and self-paced, covering everything from the basics to building community in an online course.  Workshops are scheduled to start every two weeks to encourage cohorts.  However, there is no set completion time and participants have ongoing access to these workshops so that they can be returned whenever needed.

The courses run for two-week sessions and are completely asynchronous.  A facilitator provides feedback and guidance throughout the session.  Faculty are able to share and interact with one another while discussing best practices and gaining hands-on experience in the online environment. It is recommended to begin with the Getting Started workshop before moving on to any of the other online workshops.

Learning Shorts

We know life is hectic and schedules are busy, so our Learning Shorts series will give you a chance to relax, kick back, and enjoy getting up to speed on the latest in online teaching. Periodically we will post a new article or video about current trends and pedagogical best practices for teaching online or spotlight Blackboard tools and updates.

After checking out our most recent Learning Shorts post join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #starshorts. Ask questions, share ideas, and respond to others. We’ll be monitoring the feed throughout the week.

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Training Events Calendar

Check our training events calendar to find out more details and register for upcoming training and professional development offerings.

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Training Details

Find out more about our synchronous and asynchronous training offerings including detailed descriptions, time and location, and registration information.


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Request an Appointment

Schedule an appointment to speak with a member the STaR team about training, faculty development, instructional design or support services.
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