Courses for Teaching and Learning

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Welcome to the Faculty Course Catalog!

Courses for Teaching and Learning Catalog Professional Development – Personalized.  

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 Courses for Teaching and Learning (CTLs) are offered in a variety of formats, from self-paced microlearning experiences to more traditional guided courses.  Our self-paced courses are great opportunities for you to explore teaching practices, learn more about certain instructional strategies, or even try out a new technology – all at your own pace. With the more traditional offeringsyou will have an opportunity to connect with your colleagues, share in the curation of resources, and apply and assess different strategies in your own classes.  

Our hope is that all of these options will help you personalize your faculty development experience and offer you the support and information you need.

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!

Spring 2021 Courses

 

Course Title Course Code Level of Interaction 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.
Creating Authentic Assessments CTL 117 Self-Paced 2 1/25/2021
2/8/2021
2/21/2021 This course introduces the essential elements of creating authentic assessments. The goal of the course is to provide faculty in all disciplines opportunities to consider how to shift from traditional testing to authentic assessments. The course content is appropriate for all modalities and includes examples, best practices, and planning suggestions.
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 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 Open N/A 3.00 Low Required course for all new instructors including two parts 1) Instruction Essentials and 2) Learning Management System (D2L) Essentials.
AS NEEDED
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 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.