Online Faculty Development

E-Learning Support and Instructional Design (eLSID) provides professional development and training for faculty. To be eligible to teach online at Wake Tech, faculty are required to successfully complete a 30-hour online certification program, facilitated by eLSID. Additionally, eLSID develops and facilitates training sessions focused on online best practices, digital accessibility and instructional technologies. Please see the descriptions from the eLSID Course Catalog:


ACC 101 Introduction to Accessibility
This self-paced, online course provides a basic overview of accessibility guidelines that will help you gain an understanding of how to make your course content accessible to all learners. It includes core accessibility concepts, as well as instruction on how to create accessible documents, accessible presentations, accessible multimedia and accessible Blackboard content. Resources to facilitate the creation of accessible course content are provided.
ACC 110 Accessible Word Documents
This online workshop provides an overview of creating accessible documents through hands-on application of accessibility principles. Participants will learn how to create accessible text and structure, incorporate accessible images, tables and hyperlinks and run a final accessibility check. The accessible document will then be saved as an accessible PDF file.
ACC 120 Accessible PowerPoint
In this online workshop, participants will learn how to create an accessible PowerPoint presentation and update the accessibility of an existing presentation. Topics include elements of an accessible PowerPoint, common accessibility problems, accessible structure and design features, accessible images and non-text elements, accessible multimedia and saving/sharing presentations.
ACC 131 Accessible Video Captioning
This hands-on course (offered both in person and online) will introduce participants to captioning YouTube videos, both their own and those created by others. The purpose is to introduce the concept of captioning, apply it using two online tools and utilize transcripts. This knowledge will be assessed throughout the course via discussion boards, quizzes and a final project.
ACC 135 Accessible Image Design
This one-week, online course is designed to introduce you to the Poet image description guidelines resource, aiding you in providing more effective and accessible descriptions for your image content. During this course, you will be introduced to a web-based image description resource called Poet, learn significant factors that impact how description for images is provided and how to more effectively and efficiently provide image descriptions.
ACC 140 Accessible Excel Worksheets
This workshop (offered in person and online) will teach participants how to create accessible Excel worksheets using Microsoft Excel 2016. Participants will learn how to properly format and structure Excel worksheets to meet ADA compliance and to be screen-reader accessible.

Blackboard skills

BBD 010 What's New in Blackboard?
This informational workshop (offered in person and online) provides an overview of the new features and enhancements in the most recent Blackboard update. Additional information and resources about the Blackboard update are provided in the eLearning Resource Center within the "Issues" and "Updates" area. This workshop will be provided based on the annual Blackboard upgrade schedule. Visit the professional development registration system for a list of topics covered.
BBD 121 Blackboard Basics
This professional development course provides faculty with the necessary information to develop the Blackboard skills required to efficiently facilitate online courses. The training information found in Blackboard Basics will allow instructors to reflect on a wide, but vital, range of topics that are essential to effectively teaching online, from how to thoughtfully structure course materials to how to properly create assessments and navigate Blackboard's grade center.
BBD 133 Detecting Plagiarism with Blackboard SafeAssign
This one-hour, seated workshop provides an overview of Blackboard's plagiarism detection service, called SafeAssign, which is fully integrated with Blackboard Assignments. Participants will learn how to utilize SafeAssign to detect student plagiarism and educate students about proper citation and attribution.
BBD 134 Using Groups in Blackboard
This two-week online workshop is an advanced Blackboard training course. Participants must have a good working knowledge of the Blackboard Grade Center, Discussion Board, using the Assignment feature and organizing content. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the Groups tool and some of the communication and collaboration tools used to promote interaction among students.
BBD 141 Blackboard Ally Training
This workshop (offered in person and online) provides an overview of Blackboard Ally. This tool is fully integrated into Blackboard and assists faculty in evaluating their course content for electronic accessibility. The tool also creates alternative formats for content that benefit students with varying learning needs. Participants will learn how to use Ally to assess and fix accessibility issues with their content and will also learn about the benefits the alternative formats provide to students.
BBD 150 Advanced Blackboard Testing
This workshop is an advanced Blackboard session. Participants must have a good working knowledge of the Blackboard Test tool including how to create, deploy and manage a test. In this workshop, participants will learn best practices for Blackboard testing, how to use advanced testing features and options and valuable tips and tricks to ensure a successful Blackboard testing experience for you and your students.
BBD 210 Blackboard Adaptive Release
This training session provides an overview of creating adaptive release rules to control student access to materials in Blackboard. Participants will learn how to use the Adaptive Release tool to hide materials from student view based on several criteria, including completion of the course entry quiz. Participants will also learn about the Performance Dashboard.
BBD 212 Blackboard Date Management
This one-hour, seated workshop provides an overview of the Blackboard Date Management tool. Participants will learn how to quickly and efficiently adjust all course content and tool dates, including availability dates, due dates and adaptive release dates from one location. Automatic and individual date management options will be discussed.

Open education resources

OER 101 A Guide to Open Educational Resources
This workshop (offered in person and online) introduces the Open Education Resources movement, with a focus on the benefits to instructors and students. In addition to the history of the movement, participants will learn about using Creative Commons licenses and about finding open educational resources, such as images, videos, audio recordings, learning objects and e-books that may be included in courses. Participants will explore numerous OER resources, including federal and state government digital multimedia galleries, university digital libraries, corporate digital collections and other sources of digital instructional materials.
OER 120 Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines
This online workshop provides an overview of copyright, fair use and public domain as they apply to instructional materials, such as supplemental texts, images and multimedia. Open Educational Resources will also be introduced briefly.


TEC 102 Getting Started with FlipGrid
Creating a community is key to student success in online classes, but are the discussion forums enough to do this? FlipGrid is a free resource offered to educators that allows students to collaborate through short videos. This session will show you how to sign up for FlipGrid, set up a classroom space and give tips to overcome students who may be shy about this type of discussion.
TEC 110 Getting Started with MS Teams
This training (offered in person and online) will cover an introduction to using Microsoft Teams to hold classes and office hours.
TEC 115 Engaging Your Students with MS Teams
In this course, participants will learn strategies to increase students' engagement through Microsoft Teams. The lessons are separated into three main topics: increasing instructor presence, increasing student-to-student engagement and making course content interactive. Participants will review each of these topics, be introduced to several teaching methods for each topic and be asked to practice a method in the Teams classroom. As part of this training, you will be working in a Teams classroom and participating in discussions through Flipgrid, but please continue to check Blackboard as well.
TEC 145 Engaging Students with VidGrid
This professional development course aims to provide participants with the skills and insights needed to create videos that are specific to their students' needs and that also fully engage students in active learning. Rather than having students passively viewing videos in a course, VidGrid offers options to turn those viewings into opportunities for active learning and collaboration. This course will introduce those features, guide faculty through using them in a meaningful way and provide the space to try out creating videos where faculty can benefit from technological and pedagogical support and feedback.
TEC 120 SoftChalk
In this online training, participants will create a SoftChalk lesson for use in online courses. Participants will learn how to create an accessible, web-based interactive lesson with navigation links, pop-up annotations, web links, activities, quiz questions and an embedded captioned video.
TEC 130 Snagit
This session (offered in person and online) introduces participants to TechSmith's Snagit software. Snagit is used to create, edit and enhance screen-capture images. During this course, participants will use Snagit to capture images and use the Snagit Editor to enhance images to help viewers understand the purpose of the image. Best practices for creating instructional graphics and using graphics in instruction will also be presented.
TEC 140 Camtasia
This workshop (offered in person and online) will introduce Camtasia, a screen-recording and video-editing software system used to create video tutorials. Participants will create an accessible screencast video and share it with students on Blackboard. Participants should successfully complete the course to gain access to a full version of Camtasia software.

Teaching and learning strategies

TLS 101 Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
This course introduces learners to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) theory and offers participants tips and resources for applying UDL in their own courses.
TLS 105 Planning and Facilitating Synchronous Sessions
This course focuses on providing faculty and staff with the skills to begin including synchronous sessions into their online courses. Participants will review how to plan for a synchronous session, share activities that they want to try in a session and experiment with Microsoft Teams to learn how to hold an engaging synchronous session.
TLS 115 Writing Effective Multiple-Choice Items
This online course will review Revised Bloom's Taxonomy (RBT) and explore how it relates to the creation of multiple-choice items. Participants will learn strategies and tips for writing multiple-choice items and aligning those items with student learning outcomes. Participants will create items that measure from the remember level of RBT to the evaluate level of RBT.
TLS 120 Seriously Simple Podcasting
This course aims to incorporate accepted theories of adult learning with informative, hands-on tech training to provide faculty and staff with the skills to begin designing and recording creative and informative podcasts for online courses. A properly designed and thoughtfully implemented podcast can provide a unique and memorable learning experience for students and be a valuable communicative tool for faculty.
TLS 130 Creating Quality Rubrics
This online course will introduce rubrics and their importance, their purpose, different types and how they can be constructed and used. Rubrics have been utilized to evaluate and provide feedback. They are a scoring scale used for evaluation in different contexts, based on a full range of criteria rather than a single numerical score. The course will discuss different types of rubrics, the pros and cons of using rubrics and will introduce the application of rubrics in Blackboard.
TLS 135 Improving Student Retention Using Blackboard
This course provides an overview of how to access and implement the performance Dashboard, Retention Center and other course evaluation tools to monitor and track student progress. Participants will learn how to access the course evaluation tools, observe student activity, identify at-risk students, evaluate student participation in discussion forums, modify and customize Retention Center rules and several other tool features to support instructor presence and student success.
TLS 140 Blogs, Wikis and Journals in the Online Environment
This course provides a theory-based approach to promoting collaboration and communication within the online environment. Through lecture, hands-on application and the surveying of select resources, participants will learn how to effectively implement, create and manage a journal, blog and wiki within an online course. Participants will gain knowledge of how to use the tools to encourage student expression and creativity, foster student engagement and collaboration and enhance student interaction.
TLS 145 Creating Engaging Discussion Forums
Participants will learn about general strategies for creating and grading engaging discussion forums, as well as the following specific types of discussion forums: icebreakers, question-and-answer forums, narrative learning forums (scenarios, case studies and role play) and content-related forums. Participants will have the opportunity to create and share a discussion forum activity, assignment or assessment.
TLS 150 Engaging Students With Digital Media
This online course provides a theory-based approach to engaging students through media in a digital world. It provides participants with an overview of the different types of media, advantages and strategies for incorporating media into the online learning environment and the different resources available through Wake Tech and non-Wake Tech platforms.
TLS 200 Enhanced Engagement Teaching Strategies
Enhanced Engagement Teaching Strategies is inspired by the First In the World: Project Compass project at Wake Tech. The goal is to create proactive strategies to reach students, particularly students of color, who are at risk for low performance in online courses to ensure their engagement. These proactive strategies were designed using the Community of Inquiry framework, which focuses on cognitive, instructor and social presence. The premise of Project Compass was to increase the persistence and performance of students in online courses through technology and enhanced social interventions.
TLS 202 Creating and Using Digital Portfolios in Blackboard
This professional development course will introduce faculty to using digital portfolios as an assessment in online learning. It will discuss how to assign a digital portfolio, offer guidance for the requirements of a digital portfolio and introduce the Blackboard Portfolio Tool.


EPIC 100 Best Practices in Online Teaching
In this eight-week online course, participants will learn about Wake Tech's eLearning Preparedness Initiative across the College (EPIC) and how it will help in effective and efficient course design. Participants will gain and apply knowledge and skills in Universal Design for Learning, accessible course design and best practices in course navigation, communication and collaboration, and online assessments. Participants will demonstrate these skills through the design and creation of an online course. The evaluation of the course will be used to measure success.
This course can be taken instead of the following series:
  • TLS 101
  • EPIC 101
  • EPIC 102
  • EPIC 103
  • EPIC 104
EPIC 101 Best Practices in Course Navigation & Design
This online course provides an overview of Wake Tech's standardized course menu. Participants will learn about the eLearning Preparedness Initiative across the College (EPIC) and how it will help in effective and efficient course design. Participants will gain information regarding the course menu design and how to customize course menu items for best practices in online learning.
EPIC 102 Best Practices in Online Communication & Collaboration
This online course provides an overview of Wake Tech's quality communication standards as part of eLearning Preparedness Initiative across the College (EPIC). Participants will gain information regarding effective communication and collaboration in online courses and fostering student engagement.
EPIC 103 Best Practices in Online Assessments
This online course provides an overview of Wake Tech's quality assessment standards as part of the eLearning Preparedness Initiative across the College (EPIC). Participants will gain information regarding creating and administering effective assessments in online courses, creating measurable student learning outcomes and aligning student learning outcomes with lesson objectives.
EPIC 104 EPIC 30 Capstone
This online course allows participants to create course components meeting Wake Tech's quality course standards as part of the eLearning Preparedness Initiative across the College (EPIC). Participants will evaluate and implement information gained from previous EPIC courses regarding creating and administering effective online courses.
EPIC30 Online Teaching Certification Course
This course is a comprehensive certification satisfying all EPIC30 courses, including Blackboard skills, Universal Design for Learning, accessibility and best practices. For this 10-week module, faculty must follow a weekly schedule, and there are specific deadlines that must be adhered to. Faculty will be required to submit work during designated times so they can receive feedback in a timely manner for material that builds towards a final project.
This course can be taken instead of the following series:
  • BBD 121
  • ACC 101
  • EPIC 100
EPIC 105 EPIC Course Reviewer Training
This two-week, online course is designed to prepare certified online faculty to become an EPIC eLearning Course Reviewer. This course will include a review of the responsibilities and duties of a course reviewer. It will review the alignment of the EPIC Quality eLearning Standards and course review rubric. Participants will practice critiquing and writing helpful recommendations and participate in a practice review in which the participants will be asked to review specific standards in an online course using the EPIC quality eLearning rubric. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be eligible to serve on course review teams.
EPIC 106 EPIC Mentor Training
This course is composed of lessons that support your ability to serve as an EPIC mentor for new online faculty. Each module builds on previous ones, and a complete understanding of the program is required for course completion. The lessons cover mentoring policies, procedures, best practices, mentor and mentee roles and responsibilities, goal setting and time management, relationship building and communication and conflict resolution.
EPIC 107 Accessibility: Why It Matters and How to Plan for It
This course provides an overview of the laws associated with digital content and the standards that support achieving compliance with accessibility requirements. Participants will learn how to interpret the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) and cross-reference associated success criteria to remediate digital content elements. Topics will include an overview of core accessibility concepts, developing an accessibility plan and identifying resources to support the development of accessible digital content.
EPIC 108 Teaching with Technology
In this two-week, online course, participants will learn instructional strategies for the effective use of educational technology to create and enhance instructional materials and activities. In addition to researching new technologies and exploring how to ensure technology is furthering student learning, participants will learn how to smoothly guide students in engaging new technologies to improve the learning experience.
EPIC 109 Evaluating Your Course Design
This course will provide an in-depth review of the current EPIC Quality eLearning Standards. Participants will use the standards to evaluate their course and create an action plan to align their course design to meet them. EPIC certification is a prerequisite to this course.
EPIC 110 EPIC Exemplary Course Capstone
A certified EPIC Online Teaching faculty member, with a supervisor recommendation, is assigned an instructional designer who will act as a consultant and mentor over a semester in updating an existing online course to achieve exemplary status. EPIC 110 is part of the EPIC Master Online Teaching Certification.