Courses for Teaching and Learning

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Personalized Professional Development: Your Invitation to Be Curious 

Welcome to the Courses for Teaching and Learning (CTLs) Catalog 

In the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, we believe that professional development should be practical, convenient, and inspiring. We’ve done the research, we’ve considered the options, and most importantly, we’ve listened to our faculty. As educators, your needs, motivations, and interests vary, so your professional development options should too.   

Our CTLs are opportunities for you to explore innovative teaching practices, to learn more about evidence-informed instructional strategies, and to try out the latest educational technologies – all at your own pace.  

CTLs are offered at a variety of times every semester. They are open for one month and take most participants about an hour to complete. Even though the CTLs are self-paced, each course has a CTLE facilitator to help guide you through the process and to answer any questions you may have as you work through the material. Upon completion of CTLs, participants are awarded digital badges and points on the Faculty Leaderboard.  

Registration is now OPEN!  To register for any of the offerings, select the Events Calendar.

Have an idea for a future course? Interested in a specific topic? Let us know! Our new course catalog is designed to be adaptive and responsive to your interests. We’re constantly adding to the course offerings, so be sure to share your ideas!

 

Fall 2021 Courses

 

Course Title
Course Code
Delivery Mode
Hours
Launch Dates
Close Date
Description
September

New for Fall 2021!  

Using the LMS to Support On-ground, Hybrid, and Blended Instruction  

CTL 220 

 

Self-paced in D2L 

9/13 

10/10 

This self-paced course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, and tools to develop and or redevelop, and deliver on-ground or blended courses using the Learning Management System (LMS). The primary focus will be on using the LMS as an efficient means of delivering on-ground, and or blended courses. Topics include Collaboration Tools, Creating Videos, Discussion Boards, Feedback Tools, Uploading Content, Backward Design, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). 

New for Fall 2021! 

Introduction to Simulated Experiences at Saint Leo  

CTL 234 

Self-paced in D2L 

9/13 

10/10 

In this interactive course, faculty will be introduced to Simulated Experiences and will explore their educational purposes and how they can be used in a variety of courses. Upon completion, participants will have experience developing scenarios and will be familiar with the steps necessary to integrate simulations into their classes.  

Teaching with Microsoft 365 

CTL 121 

Self-paced in D2L 

9/13 

10/10 

This course presents the basic functionality of the Microsoft 365 suite and how it can be used to support both productivity and teaching.  

Creating Module-Level Objectives 

CTL 111 

Self-paced in D2L 

9/27 

10/24 

This course introduces participants to the practice of creating module-level objectives for courses and provides opportunities to assess and create well-written objectives.  

Introduction to Universal Design for Learning 

CTL 115 

Self-paced in D2L 

9/27 

10/24 

Introduces participants to Universal Design for Learning and provides core knowledge in key areas, including accessibility, accommodations, assistive technologies, and with a general overview of how to use the UDL framework for planning instruction for diverse learners. 

Active Learning in the Online Environment 

CTL 114 

Self-paced in D2L 

9/27 

10/24 

The goal of this course is to introduce faculty to the theoretical foundations, design practices, and practical techniques for creating active, engaging online courses. This course is self-paced, and we estimate it will take about an hour to complete, depending on level of experience. While the primary audience for this course is faculty who are new to online instruction and design, it may also be beneficial for those faculty who are redesigning existing courses and wish to include more engaging assignments for their learners.  

Spring 2021 Courses

 

Course Title
Course Code
Delivery Mode
Hours
Launch Dates
Close Date
Description
January
Active Learning in the Online Environment CTL 114
Self-paced
1
1/25/2021
2/8/2021
2/21/2021
The goal of this course is to introduce faculty to the theoretical foundations, design practices, and practical techniques for creating active, engaging online courses. This course is self-paced, and we estimate it will take about an hour to complete, depending on level of experience. While the primary audience for this course is faculty who are new to online instruction and design, it may also be beneficial for those faculty who are redesigning existing courses and wish to include more engaging assignments for their learners.
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
CTL 115
Self-Paced 
2
1/25/2021
2/8/2021
2/21/2021
Introduces participants to Universal Design for Learning and provides core knowledge in key areas, including accessibility, accommodations, assistive technologies, and with a general overview of how to use the UDL framework for planning instruction for diverse learners.
February
HyFlex Teaching
CTL 137
Self-paced
1
2/22/2021
3/8/2021
3/21/2021
Teaching in a hybrid-flexible learning environment can be an intimidating task. This course will help ease that anxiety by teaching you the basics of this modality. We will equip you with some tools and strategies for managing this learning environment and prepare you and your students for a successful course. 
Applying UDL Principles and Guidelines in Course Planning
CTL 235
Self-paced
1
2/22/2021
3/8/2021
3/21/2021
This self-paced course is designed to provide learners with a deeper understanding of the principles and guidelines of UDL to develop or revise course content that extends the use of multiple means of engagement, presentation, and expression. Topics include how to use the UDL Guidelines to plan lessons, choose materials, assess learning, and improve instructional practice. Please note Introduction to Universal Design for Learning CTL 115 is a prerequisite for this course.
Backward Design Practices
CTL 124
Self-paced
1
2/22/2021
3/8/2021
3/21/2021
This course is designed to provide learners with the skills necessary to build meaningful course units. The creation of each lesson with the end in mind will provide an organized, well structure learning environment that will promote learner engagement, meeting learning objectives and outcomes. Topics include introduction to backwards design, strategies to implement objectives, types of assessments, measuring outcomes, and creating a course unit.
March
Collaborative Notetaking 
CTL 123
Self-paced
1
3/15/2021
3/29/2021
4/11/2021
Collaborative notetaking can be helpful in situations where students are socially distancing and/or participating in class virtually.  Learn more about this strategy and develop a plan for how collaborative notes can be constructed in your courses.
Building Community in Online Courses
CTL 119
Self-paced
1
3/15/2021
3/29/2021
4/11/2021
Online courses, especially those that are asynchronous, present unique challenges for building community. This CTL presents not only best practices in online community building, but also strategies that integrate familiar technologies in ways that facilitate feelings of connectedness and belonging.
Developing Engaging and Inclusive Discussion Questions
CTL 118
Self-paced 
1
3/15/2021
3/29/2021
4/11/2021
In most online courses, discussion boards become the heart of the class. But unfortunately, students and faculty alike sometimes fear that they are inauthentic and feel disconnected from the content. In this course, we will explore unique ways to create and facilitate discussions that are engaging, social, and supportive of learning and connection. Additionally, this course is presented through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and offers foundational knowledge about Universal Design for Learning and how it can be applied specifically to discussion boards.
ONGOING
Teaching at Saint Leo
 
Self-paced
8-9
   
Required course for all new instructors including two parts 1) Instruction Essentials and 2) Learning Management System (D2L) Essentials.  Enrollment into this course is automatic for all new faculty.
AS NEEDED
RISE 2.0
 
Blended
1
   
Prepares faculty to develop online courses and work with Learning Design. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who will be designing courses for the University. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.

Fall 2020 Courses

 

Course Title Course Code Level of Interaction Hours Launch Date Close Date Description
August
Teaching in Courses (D2L) CTL 120 Self-paced 3 Ongoing Ongoing  This course is the mandatory LMS (D2L) training for all Saint Leo University faculty. Enrollments are automatic and are completed based on date of hire. 
RISE 2.0 - Cohort 29 CTL 133 Facilitated  3 8/17/2020 8/23/2020 This course prepares faculty to develop online courses and work with Learning Design. This is a mandatory, cohort-based course for all faculty who have been contracted to design courses for the university. Others who are interested in completing this course as an elective are welcome to enroll if space is available.
September
Active Learning in the Online Environment CTL 114 Self-paced 1 9/14/2020 10/11/2020 The goal of this course is to introduce faculty to the theoretical foundations, design practices, and practical techniques for creating active, engaging online courses. This course is self-paced, and we estimate it will take about an hour to complete, depending on level of experience. While the primary audience for this course is faculty who are new to online instruction and design, it may also be beneficial for those faculty who are redesigning existing courses and wish to include more engaging assignments for their learners. 
HyFlex Teaching CTL 137 Self-paced 1 9/14/2020 10/11/2020 Teaching in a hybrid-flexible learning environment can be an intimidating task. This course will help ease that anxiety by teaching you the basics of this modality. We will equip you with some tools and strategies for managing this learning environment and prepare you and your students for a successful course. 
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning CTL 115 Self-paced 3 9/14/2020 10/25/2020 Introduces participants to Universal Design for Learning and provides core knowledge in key areas, including accessibility, accommodations, assistive technologies, and with a general overview of how to use the UDL framework for planning instruction for diverse learners.
Introduction to Communities of Inquiry  CTL 112 Facilitated  3 9/14/2020 9/27/2020 This two-week facilitated course offers research on the fundamentals of creating Communities of Inquiry (CoI) with focuses on teaching, social, and cognitive presence. In this facilitated course, participants will be asked to apply the CoI framework to their own classes in order to support more robust and inclusive learning environments. 
October
Collaborative Notetaking  CTL 123 Self-paced 1 10/12/2020 11/8/2020 Collaborative notetaking can be helpful in situations where students are socially distancing and/or participating in class virtually.  Learn more about this strategy and develop a plan for how collaborative notes can be constructed in your courses.
Teaching with Microsoft 365 CTL 121 Self-paced 1 10/12/2020 11/8/2020 This course presents the basic functionality of the Microsoft 365 suite and how it can be used to support both productivity and teaching. 
Collaboration Theories and Tools  CTL 113 Facilitated  3 10/12/2020 10/25/2020 This two-week facilitated course presents evidence-based practices for effective use of collaboration and will ask faculty to explore tools that support collaborative learning. Methods will apply to all teaching modalities with a special focus on online learning.
Applying UDL Principles and Guidelines in Course Planning CTL 235 Self-paced 1 10/26/2020 11/22/2020 This self-paced course is designed to provide learners with a deeper understanding of the principles and guidelines of UDL to develop or revise course content that extends the use of multiple means of engagement, presentation, and expression. Topics include how to use the UDL Guidelines to plan lessons, choose materials, assess learning, and improve instructional practice. Please note Introduction to Universal Design for Learning CTL 115 is a prerequisite for this course.
             
ONGOING
Teaching in Courses (D2L) Self-Paced Open N/A 3.00 Low Required LMS training
AS NEEDED
VTT 2.0 Blended Monthly N/A 3.00 High Prepares faculty to teach VTT courses. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who are scheduled to teach in VTT. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.
ICC 2.0 Blended Monthly N/A 3.00 High Prepares faculty to teach ICC courses. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who are scheduled to teach in ICC. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.
RISE 2.0 Blended Monthly N/A 5.00 High Prepares faculty to develop online courses and work with Learning Design. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who will be designing courses for the University. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.

Summer 2020 Courses

 

Course Title Delivery Mode Launch Date Close Date
Hours Level of Interaction Description
May
Creating Module-Level Objectives Self-paced 5/18/2020 6/14/2020 1.00 Low This course introduces SLU's practice of creating module-level objectives for online courses and provides opportunities to assess and create well-written objectives.
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning Self-paced 5/18/2020 6/14/2020 3.00 Low Introduces participants to Universal Design for Learning and provides core knowledge in key areas, including accessibility, accommodations, assistive technologies, and with a general overview of how to use the UDL framework for planning instruction for diverse learners.
June
Collaboration: Theories and Tools Online 6/1/2020 6/14/2020 3.00 High This course will present evidence-based practices for effective use of collaboration and will ask faculty to explore tools that support collaborative learning. Methods will apply to all teaching modalities with a special focus on online learning.
Teaching with Microsoft (Office) 365 Self-Paced 6/1/2020 6/28/2020 1.00 Low This course will go over the basic functionality of the Office 365 suite and how it can be used for productivity and teaching in online environments.
Incorporating Peer Review Self-Paced 6/1/2020 6/28/2020 1.00 Low Presents scholarly research on the benefits of learner-to-learner feedback and provides strategies and options for effective, personalized incorporation of peer review assignments across multiple modalities.
Mindful Strategies for Working from Home Self-Paced 6/1/2020 6/28/2020 1.00 Low In this course, we present practical solutions and mindful techniques to address the unique and unfamiliar challenges that often accompany remote work. This self-paced course also provides participants with worksheets and printable guides designed to support planning, time management, and reflection.
July
Introduction to Communities of Inquiry Online 7/6/2020 7/19/2020 3.00 High This course offers research on the fundamentals of creating online COLs and how this framework can be used to support teaching practices.
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning Self-Paced 7/6/2020 8/2/2020 3.00 Low Introduces participants to Universal Design for Learning and provides core knowledge in key areas, including accessibility, accommodations, assistive technologies, and with a general overview of how to use the UDL framework for planning instruction for diverse learners.
Creating Module-Level Objectives Self-Paced 7/6/2020 8/2/2020 1.00 Low This course introduces SLU's practice of creating module-level objectives for online courses and provides opportunities to assess and create well-written objectives.
Teaching with Microsoft (Office) 365 Self-Paced 7/6/2020 8/2/2020 1.00 Low This course will go over the basic functionality of the Office 365 suite and how it can be used for productivity and teaching in online environments.
Collaboration: Theories and Tools
Online 7/20/2020 8/2/2020 3.00 High This course will present evidence-based practices for effective use of collaboration and will ask faculty to explore tools that support collaborative learning. Methods will apply to all teaching modalities with a special focus on online learning.
ONGOING
Teaching in Courses (D2L) Self-Paced Open N/A 3.00 Low Required LMS training
AS NEEDED
VTT 2.0 Blended Monthly N/A 3.00 High Prepares faculty to teach VTT courses. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who are scheduled to teach in VTT. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.
ICC 2.0 Blended Monthly N/A 3.00 High Prepares faculty to teach ICC courses. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who are scheduled to teach in ICC. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.
RISE 2.0 Blended Monthly N/A 5.00 High Prepares faculty to develop online courses and work with Learning Design. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who will be designing courses for the University. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.

Spring 2020 Courses

 

Course Title Delivery Mode Launch Date Close Date
Hours Level of Interaction Description
January
Teaching at Saint Leo - Cohort 3 Self-paced 1/21/2020 2/16/2020 3.00 Medium Welcomes faculty to Saint Leo. 
Introduction to Teaching with Office 365 Self-paced 1/21/2020 2/16/2020 3.00 Low Presents the basic functionality of the Office 365 suite and how it can be used for productivity and teaching.
Incorporating Peer Review Self-paced 1/21/2020 2/16/2020 1.00 Low Presents scholarly research on the benefits of learner-to-learner feedback and provides strategies and options for effective, personalized incorporation of peer review assignments.
Writing to Learn Online 1/27/2020 2/9/2020 3.00 Medium Offers foundational elements of writing to learn strategies that can be applied to any course. Participants will be asked to apply at least one strategy and reflect on the experience.
February
Teaching at Saint Leo - Cohort 4 Self-Paced 2/24/2020 3/22/2020 3.00 Medium Welcome faculty to Saint Leo University.
Creating Module-Level Objectives Self-Paced 2/24/2020 3/22/2020 1.00 Low Introduces SLU's practice of creating module-level objectives and provides opportunities as assess and create well-written objectives
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning Self-Paced 2/24/2020 3/22/2020 3.00 Low Introduces participants to Universal Design for Learning and provides core knowledge in key areas, including accessibility, accommodations, assistive technologies, and with a general overview of how to use the UDL framework for planning instruction for diverse learners.
Collaboration: Theories and Tools Online 2/24/2020 3/8/2020 3.00 High Presents evidence-based practices for effective use of collaboration and will ask faculty to explore tools that support collaborative learning. Methods will apply to all teaching modalities.
March
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning Self-Paced 3/23/2020 4/19/2020 3.00 Low Introduces participants to Universal Design for Learning and provides core knowledge in key areas, including accessibility, accommodations, assistive technologies, and with a general overview of how to use the UDL framework for planning instruction for diverse learners.
Introduction to Writing and Technology Self-Paced 3/23/2020 4/19/2020 2.00 Medium Introduces participants to technologies that can be paired with writing assignments to create more interactive, collaborative, and multimedia experiences for learners.
Writing to Engage
Online 3/23/2020 4/5/2020 3.00 High Presents writing assignments through the lens of Bloom’s taxonomy in order to show variance and applicability of writing to engage strategies. Participants will be asked to actively engage with their current course content and consider the alignment of their written assignments and learner needs.
ONGOING
Teaching in Courses (D2L) Self-Paced Open N/A 3.00 Low Required LMS training
AS NEEDED
VTT 2.0 Blended Monthly N/A 3.00 High Prepares faculty to teach VTT courses. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who are scheduled to teach in VTT. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.
ICC 2.0 Blended Monthly N/A 3.00 High Prepares faculty to teach ICC courses. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who are scheduled to teach in ICC. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.
RISE 2.0 Blended Monthly N/A 5.00 High Prepares faculty to develop online courses and work with Learning Design. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who will be designing courses for the University. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.
             

Fall 2019 Courses

Course Title Delivery Mode Launch Date Length Hours Level of Interaction Description
Teaching in Courses (D2L) Self-paced Ongoing Open Open Medium Designed to familiarize all faculty with Courses, our learning management system. Enrollment in this course is automatic.
Teaching at SLU Self-paced 9/3/2019 4 Weeks 3.00 Medium Welcomes all faculty to Teaching at Saint Leo University and provides an overview of our history, our teaching practices, and the tools that can be used to support your practice.
Teaching in VTT Blended Monthly 1 Week 3.00 High Prepares faculty to teach in the Video Teaching and Teleconferencing modality.
Teaching in ICC Blended Monthly 1 Week 3.00 High Prepares faculty to teach in the Internet Connected Classroom modality.
RISE 2.0 Blended Monthly 1 Week 5.00 High Prepares faculty to develop online courses and work with Learning Design. This is a mandatory course for all faculty who will be designing courses for the University. Others are welcome to enroll if space is available.
Creating Module-Level Objectives Self-paced 9/16/2019 Semester 1.00 Low Introduces SLU's practice of creating module-level objectives and provides opportunities to assess and create well-written objectives.
Basics of Office 365 Self-paced 9/16/2019 Semester 1.00 Low Presents the basic functionality of the Office 365 suite and how it can be used to support productivity and creative teaching.
Collaboration: Theories & Tools Online 10/28/2019 2 Weeks 5.00 High Presents evidence-based practices for effective use of collaboration and asks faculty to explore tools that support collaborative learning. Methods apply to all teaching modalities.
Introduction to Communities of Inquiry Online 10/28/2019 2 Weeks 5.00 Medium Offers research on the fundamentals of creating Communities of Inquiry and how this framework can be used to support teaching and professional development. This is one of the Special Topics for the 2019-2020 academic year.