Professional Development

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 with the development of online course curriculum. The following workshops and resources have been created to help faculty better prepare to teach online. Educators will learn online pedagogical principles and develop proficiency with a variety of technologies.


Online Readiness Webinar Schedule

It’s not too late to join in on many great webinars happening this week focused on a variety of topics related to online teaching, including Zoom basics, D2L basics, assessment ideas, Kaltura MediaSpace and video basics, collaboration apps, and more. Additionally, each day there are drop-in open office hours hosted by the Broad College of Business Learning Technology and Design team. Information on all of these free sessions, including live Zoom links can be found at: Please note that all webinars will be recorded and saved at this location for future access.


ASPIRE (ASynchronous Program for Instructional REadiness) Workshop:

ASPIRE is entirely self-paced and will guide you through the processes and issues you'll need to address in order to develop an online version of your course. Since there is no one way to develop an online course or teach online, our goal for you is to help you make informed choices based on your own particular needs and contexts.

If you have questions related to ASPIRE, 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.


Incorporating Technologies: Online Technology Running Start

This #iteach playlist offers a collection of quick start guides to get you going quickly with online and distance teaching, as well as how to get help when you need it.


Introduction to Accessibility

This page gives a brief overview of accessibility basics, including what accessibility is, why it’s important, and where to find help.


MSU Tools and Technologies Course

This D2L course offers overviews of MSU core technology tools, defined as those that introduce no additional costs to faculty or students. This course will be frequently updated, and offers documentation, information, and avenues for getting help.