Faculty Learning Opportunities
Our unit provides many learning opportunities, to support Rutgers faculty. We offer frequent training sessions in the tools available for online instructors, as well regular workshops on common teaching issues, and more extended professional development courses. Please consult any of the pages linked below to see more detail on our offerings.
Webinars & Workshops
Visit the Webinars & Workshops page to sign up for free, hands on workshops and webinars, which we offer on a wide variety of topics. Regularly offered sessions include how to deal with course design issues such as how to engage your students, how to provide access to copyrighted materials, or how to make your materials universal and accessible. In addition, we offer frequent webinars on how to effectively use the learning management systems Canvas, Moodle, and Sakai. If you need to know how to use third party tools such as Kaltura MediaSpace and Turnitin, we have sessions on that also.
We offer a full range of sessions each term, and high-demand sessions several times each term. New sessions are posted in the middle of each term, so please check back if you miss a workshop that interests you!
One-on-one help sessions are also available to assist with specific topics or problems, if the regularly scheduled sessions will not work for you. If your program or school would like to schedule a special presentation or workshop, please let us know; we're happy to set one up for you!
Visit the Tutorial Videos page to find on-demand videos that you can view at your own pace. These videos incude both video-capture of our regularly offered workshops, and links direct to video tutorials offered by the creators of our online teaching tools including Canvas, VoiceThread, Kaltura MediaSpace, and more.
In addition, we offer a selection of videos on how to use campus resources such as the iTV Project Studio for recording video lectures. Our selection is always growing, so you may wish to bookmark this page!
Online Teaching Certificate Courses
In addition to short workshops, we also offer more extended and in-depth professional development opportunities. Our Online Teaching Certificate Program is a set of four 4-5 week, non-credit courses, focused on online teaching issues:
- Fundamentals of Designing and Teaching Online Courses
- Universal Design and Accessibility in Online Education
- Major Issues: currently Student Engagement
- Major Tools: currently Video
You can register for any or all of these Online Teaching Certificate courses, which are offered on a rotating basis throughout the year. Each one takes four to five weeks to complete, and offers a chance to consider the topics in-depth and exchange ideas with fellow participants.
These are non-credit, professional development courses. They do not count toward a formal or credit-bearing credential, but those who successfully complete all four will recieve a Rutgers-issued Online Teaching Certificate.
How-To and Self-Help Webpages
Visit the Help Desk Support Center to find detailed how-top webpages to assist you. Visit our Resources area to find general information on our available learning management systems and tools, as well as recommendations for teachers.
Those seeking help pages for Canvas, in particular, may also wish to visit the Canvas Guides, which are extensive how-to pages maintained by Instructure, the makers of Canvas. There is also a self-paced Faculty Orientation course available in Canvas itself.
Those seeking help pages for Sakai may also wish to visit the Rutgers Sakai Help site, which contains many informational and how-to pages on the Rutgers instance of Sakai.