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CTL Faculty Workshops & Courses

CTL workshops and courses assist faculty and instructors in developing their face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses, and provide the faculty who attend the workshops specific skills needed in order to

  • design, plan, and execute learning objects and learning strategies;
  • learn theories behind course development and pedagogy;
  • create and re-purpose course content in keeping with best practices and copyright law;
  • accomplish the technical tasks of creating and using multimedia course content;
  • use ready-made content from textbook publishers and other sources; and
  • create a community of practitioners and peer mentors among the participants.
Also, departments can request custom workshops from the CTL on topics, techniques, and technologies of interest!


CTL Faculty Training Courses

The CTL offers three in-depth non-credit training courses, designed to prepare instructors to teach and design hybrid and online courses. Watch your NEIU e-mail and campus mail each semester when registration opens for each of these courses.

Online Teaching I Course

The Online Teaching I course is a 40-hour non-credit training course designed to provide faculty with the basic tools, techniques, and theories needed to be able to create and conduct online courses. On completion of this 4-week online course, faculty members are certified by the NEIU Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Course topics include:

  • building learning communities;
  • distance-education models;
  • online learning theory and learner profiles;
  • interactivity and collaboration;
  • online instructional design;
  • media selection;
  • online facilitation, assessment, and evaluation;
  • asynchronous and synchronous tools;
  • online-course syllabus development; and
  • effective course-management techniques.
Registration for Online Teaching I is open each semester on a first-come, first served basis.

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of D2L General Training Parts A & B, or successful completion of the D2L Instructor Self-Paced Training.


Hybrid Teaching Course

The Hybrid Teaching course is a 30-hour non-credit training course designed to provide faculty with the basic tools, techniques, and theories needed to be able to create and conduct hybrid, or blended-learning, courses. On completion of this 4-week hybrid course, faculty members are certified by the NEIU Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

This course is currently under development, with the first offering expected for Summer 2014. Meanwhile, watch the 45-minute CTL seminar on hybrid-teaching best practices from the 2014 NEIU Learn & Lead conference: http://youtu.be/uOrXGajVQTk.

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of D2L General Training Parts A & B, or successful completion of the D2L Instructor Self-Paced Training.

Online Teaching II Course

The Online Teaching II course is an 18-hour non-credit training course designed to provide faculty with advanced tools, techniques, and theories about online courses. Participants are paid a stipend in order to design, create, and teach an online course.

On completion of this 9-session hybrid course, faculty members are expected to have a complete online course environment that they will teach online within 2 semesters of completing the Online Teaching II course. Course topics include:

  • Quality standards for online courses
  • Refresher: course components and course-shell navigation
  • Creating measurable learning objectives
  • Outcomes-based content design
  • Course mapping
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Writing syllabi for face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses
  • Creating the course outline and directives
  • Adding content to the course shell
  • Instructional pedagogy for asynchronous courses elements
  • Copyright: fair use, creative commons, and PANE criteria
  • Creating assignments and assessments
  • Rubric development
  • Including groups and collaboration
  • Discussion boards and collaborative discussion
  • Nurturing community and building online presence
  • Peer review using quality standards
  • Peer mentoring process
  • Lessons learned, best practices
  • Troubleshooting common issues
  • Demonstration of course shells
Nominations for Online Teaching II are handled through department chairs; if you are interested in developing an online course via Online Teaching II, please contact your chair.

Pre-Requisites: Successful completion of 1) D2L General Training Parts A & B, or successful completion of the D2L Instructor Self-Paced Training; and 2) successful completion of the Online Teaching I course at the time of nomination.