Online Faculty Development

eLSID provides professional development and training for faculty. In order 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 listed below.

Accessibility

Course Name Description  Introduction
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. This course will include 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 a new 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 will introduce participants to captioning YouTube videos; both their own and those created by others. The purpose of this course 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. *Offered in Seated or Online formats
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. By the end of the training, you will have gained more confidence in your image description skills as well as a broader understanding of image accessibility.
ACC 140-Accessible Excel Worksheets

This workshop 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. *Offered in Seated or Online formats

Blackboard Skills

Course Name Description  Introduction
BBD 010-What’s New in Blackboard? This informational workshop 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. *Seated or Webinar
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.  The recently redesigned SafeAssign tool is now 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 is not designed for someone new to Blackboard or someone with little Blackboard experience. 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 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. *offered in Seated or Online formats
 
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 also learn 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 convenient location.  Automatic and individual date management options will be discussed.

Open Education Resources

Course Name Description  Introduction
OER 101-A Guide to Open Educational Resources This workshop 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 eBooks 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. *Offered in seated or online formats
OER 120-Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines This online workshop session 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.

Technology

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 in this session 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.

Course Name Description  Introduction
TEC 102: Getting Started with FlipGrid Are the discussions in your online class a little dull? Are the students showing critical thinking skills? Is there a better way for students to interact with each other in the discussion forum? Creating a community is key to student success in online classes, but are the discussions forum 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, to 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 will cover an introduction to using MS Teams to hold classes and office hours. **This class is offered as a 2-hour webinar at the start of each semester.
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 in this session 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, Engaging Students with VidGrid, 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 a variety of 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 new 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 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. *offered in Seated or Online formats
TEC 140-Camtasia This workshop will introduce Camtasia; a screen recording and video editing software 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. *offered in Seated or Online formats

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Course Name Description  Introduction
TLS 101-Introduction to Universal Design for Learning This course introduces learners to the Universal Design for Learning theory and offers participants tips and resources for applying UDL in their own courses.  After completing this course participants will be able to explain the principles of UDL. 
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. To do so, 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 (MC) items. Participants will learn strategies and tips for writing MC items and aligning those items with student learning outcomes (SLOs). 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. Upon completion of this course, participants will have the skills and knowledge necessary to create and share podcasts with students.
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 Blog, Journal, and Wiki 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.  Participants will also learn about 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 course provides a theory-based approach to engaging students through media in a digital world. This online course 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 of this project was 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 will introduce faculty to using digital portfolios as an assessment in online learning. This course will discuss how to assign a digital portfolio, offer guidance for the requirements of a digital portfolio, and introduce the Blackboard Portfolio Tool.

EPIC

Course Name Description  Introduction
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 UDL, 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 Wake Tech's 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 EPIC30 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 The EPIC Course Reviewer training is a 2-week online course 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 the other 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. Upon completion, you will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become a mentor. 
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 also 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 EPIC Quality eLearning Standards to evaluate their course and create an action plan to align their course design to meet EPIC Quality eLearning Standards.  A pre-requisite to this course is EPIC Certification.
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.

Instructional Design Certificate

Course Name Description  Introduction
IDC 001-Introducing the Online Adult Learner: Theory and Practice In this course, the characteristics and needs of adult online learners, learning theories, and philosophies of adult education will be introduced, and participants will critically reflect on how adults learn and process new knowledge and relate them to their experiences. Participants in this course will situate themselves as “adult learners” and reflect upon your needs and experiences from the student perspective. As adults, teachers, and members of the community, we can be learners in a multitude of formal and informal learning environments. By knowing and understanding how we learn, how we promote learning, and how we interact with others, we can personally and professionally create better learning experiences for others.