Summer Professional Development

Summer 2020 Professional Development

The Provost’s Office has brought together resources from around the university to support the necessary ongoing professional development of faculty to help transition from remote teaching to the development of online course curriculum. These efforts have resulted in both asynchronous and synchronous options being available to faculty through our SOIREE (Summer Online Instructional Readiness Educational Experience) and ASPIRE (ASynchronous Program for Instructional REadiness) workshops.

These workshops have been created to help you better prepare to teach online. You will learn online pedagogical principles and develop proficiency with a variety of technologies. By the workshop’s conclusion, you will have drafted a course structure and learned strategies for aligning content delivery, learning activities, and assessment for your course goals. In addition, you will have learned more solid online teaching practices.

Please note that the SOIREE and ASPIRE workshops are equivalent; you should not sign up for or complete both. Each workshop will take roughly 20 hours to complete.


Professional Development Registration Dates

The SOIREE (synchronous, facilitated) workshop will take place during the following times this summer. The five-day workshop will have facilitated sessions that occur from 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. These sessions will be recorded and can be reviewed at a later time.

  • July 13-17
  • August 17-21

The ASPIRE (asynchronous, self-paced) workshop will open on the following date this summer:

  • June 15


Register for SOIREE

To register for the SOIREE (synchronous, facilitated) workshop, please complete this Sign-up Form. We are limiting each workshop to a total of 200 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, if you do not see the July workshop date as an option, that means that its maximum enrollment has been met. The registration deadline for each workshop is two weeks prior to its start date.


Register for ASPIRE

Registration and self-enrollment for the ASPIRE (asynchronous, self-paced) workshop is now open. Please follow the link below to enroll:

If you have questions related to any of the workshops, please direct them to Ashley Braman ( or Breana Yaklin ( for additional support.


Micro-Credential in Online College Teaching

In addition to the workshops mentioned above, the College of Education, building on its tradition of excellence in online instruction, is offering a free, limited-enrollment, intermediate-level course for faculty during the months of July and August that will lead to earning a college Micro-Credential in Online College Teaching. This four-week course has a total of a 20-hour time commitment (over the four weeks) and can be taken after the completion of SOIREE or ASPIRE.

The College of Education also has a free, self-paced introduction to remote teaching that can be taken as a prerequisite to the Micro-Credential in Online College Teaching. You can find more information about this here:

Registration for the intermediate-level course, which leads to the Micro-Credential in Online College Teaching, will begin within individual colleges; associate deans for undergraduate education (and other associate deans in graduate/professional-only colleges) will receive information about this opportunity and will share with faculty. This course will add to what you will have already learned about online and hybrid approaches looking into next year, with particular attention on:

  • Designing the student experience and flow of your online course
  • Designing engaging and accessible online learning experiences
  • Developing and sustaining community
  • Online assessment and feedback

If you have questions related to the Micro-Credential in Online College Teaching, please reach out to Kaitlin Klemp ( for additional support.


Assessment Design

We have resources to help you think about course and assessment design. The Remote Assessment Quick Guide and Exam Strategy for Remote Teaching can be accessed at your convenience.

We are also offering an online workshop on Alternative Assessments and Feedback. This workshop, Assessment Options Beyond the Exam: High-impact Assessment Design, is for educators who are looking for resources and help with formative assessments and alternatives to traditional exams and quizzes such as projects, posters, and reflections. We will also focus on technological approaches for giving feedback at scale. The workshop runs 90 minutes and will take place on July 28, 29, and August 19 from 10:30-12:00 (Zoom, details provided after signing up).

In addition, we are offering an online workshop on Exam Design. This workshop is for educators who are looking for resources and help with academic integrity on summative quizzes and exams. We will focus on writing multiple-choice and short-answer questions, creating a climate of integrity in the course, the pros and cons of video proctoring, and creating exams specifically in D2L. Assessment design must balance some acceptable level of “risk” with attention to equity and decreasing student anxiety. The workshop runs 90 minutes and will take place on July 28, 29, and August 19 from 12:30-2:00 (Zoom, details provided after signing up)

Those interested can sign up for one or both of the workshops here.