Faculty Online Readiness Program

This faculty professional development program presents best practices and techniques for teaching online. Topics will include approaches to effective andragogy, activities for developing a community of student learners, and strategies for engaging and motivating students in an online environment.

The Faculty Online Readiness Program (FORP) consists of:

  • 3 self-paced Training Courses delivered on Canvas:
    Each course includes objectives and hands-on activities for course development and can be taken separately or as a set.  
  • Workshops to reinforce learning:
    Offered during each Training Course, workshops give participants a chance to interact with peers and share insights.
  • Course peer reviews and consulting:
    CSULB faculty peers and ATS Instructional Designers with online teaching experience will share strategies and conduct reviews of participants' online courses.

Faculty participants will receive digital badges after completing each training course. A culminating badge will be awarded to participants who complete all 3 training courses in the program. 

Training Courses: Descriptions and Registrations

Please register for each Training Course separately using the links in the menus below.

Training Course 1: Intro to Online Teaching and Learning
September 11-24, 2023   |  REGISTER

Orientation Meeting:  Monday, September 11  |  10-11am

This training course will cover the fundamentals of teaching and learning online, provide an overview of various online modalities, and offer strategies for engaging students. The course learning objectives include:

  1. Apply key structural elements and best practices for online teaching and learning
  2. Distinguish between modalities of online learning
  3. Inspect nuances of online teaching

Estimated Hours to Complete: 3-5 hours

Training Course 2: Online Course Design Best Practices
October 2-22  |  REGISTER

Orientation Meeting: Monday, October 2  |  10-11am

In this training course, faculty will be introduced to designing effective learning objectives for online courses, integrating technology tools, and applying best practices to create accessible course content for online delivery. The course learning objectives include:

  1. Define the course modality migration process.
  2. Examine designing effective online learning objectives.
  3. Identify appropriate technology tools for teaching and learning.
  4. Recognize different components of accessibility.

Estimated Hours to Complete: 6-8 hours

Training Course 3: Online Instructional Techniques
October 30-November 19  |  REGISTER

Orientation Meeting: Monday, October 30 |  10-11am

In this training course, faculty will explore assessment design strategies and methods for providing constructive feedback to students. Topics will also include diversity, equity, and inclusion and approaches to creating community among students in an online environment. The course learning objectives include:

  1. Recognize effective online course assessment design.
  2. Identify the benefits of administering constructive feedback.
  3. Review opportunities to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  4. Apply workload streamlining strategies.

Estimated Hours to Complete: 6-8 hours

Program Details

A badge will be awarded to participants who complete the following requirements for each training course:

  1. Complete the training course.
    Complete the course content and actively participate in the online discussion boards.
  2. Attend the dedicated workshops offered during the duration of the training course.
    In collaboration with distinguished CSULB faculty, ATS will present workshops on specific topics aligned with each training course. Participants are asked to attend the dedicated synchronous live workshops offered during the training course or request access to our on-demand video library. See the Workshop Dates below.
  3. Work with an assigned ATS Instructional Designer.
    Faculty participants will work closely with an Instructional Designer for the duration of the program. The Instructional Designer will support faculty in the application of concepts discussed in each training course. 
  4. Apply the quality course design and delivery checklist.
    Each training course will include a checklist with elements of online course design and delivery. The checklist was developed by our instructional design team and our faculty quality assurance community of practice. The checklist is meant to guide faculty through the design, development, and delivery of their online course and confirms that quality assurance exists within the course. Requirements to successfully complete each training course will consist of implementing each checklist item to any chosen course and having the course reviewed by a peer review faculty member and instructional designer.  
  5. Complete the anonymous course evaluation survey.
    A link to the survey will be provided at the end of the program.

Workshop Dates

Please register for individual workshops.

Intro to Online Teaching and Learning
Thursday, September 14  |  10-11am  |  REGISTER 
This workshop will provide a high-level overview of online teaching and learning. Best practices in designing, delivering, engaging, and communicating in an online course will be presented. CSULB faculty partners will attend as guest speakers to share their experiences.

Online Course Design Best Practices
Friday, October 6  |  10-11am  |  REGISTER
This workshop will introduce faculty to designing effective online learning objectives and examine how to choose the appropriate integrated technology tools for their courses while keeping best practices in mind. CSULB faculty partners will share their expertise in facilitating successful online activities.

Accessibility and UDL 
Monday, October 16  |  2-3pm |  REGISTER
CSULB faculty partners will share their expertise in applying principles of Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into their classroom and learning activities. 

Online Instructional Techniques
Tuesday, November 7  |  2-3pm |  REGISTER
This workshop will introduce online teaching strategies for synchronous and asynchronous modalities that promote instructor presence, facilitate collaborative group work, and provide effective feedback in a timely manner. CSULB faculty partners will share their expertise in facilitating successful online activities.

Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Monday, November 13 |  10-11am  |  REGISTER
This workshop will look at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) issues within an online learning environment. We will share benefits, inclusive practices, and implementation examples at classroom and institutional levels. Together, we will review DEI standing principles, and discuss their roles in reducing barriers to learning. CSULB faculty partners will share their expertise in building successful online learning communities.

How is the FORP Course training different than the other professional development courses such as the Instructional Technology Foundations (ITF) and Online Learning Studio (OLS) programs?

The majority of FORP content is brand new; topics such as Diversity Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) have been included. This program considers more nuanced issues of teaching online and presents tips and best practices that can be implemented in the classroom.  ITF and OLS only briefly covered the basics of these topics. 

Does this program only focus on course design?

In each FORP training course, participants will have the opportunity to learn about course delivery and course design. 

Am I required to complete this program in order to teach online courses at the University?

No. Participation in or completion of this program is not required to teach online. However, the training may be used as careful consideration for faculty appointments.

Documented training and preparation to teach online may be considered as one aspect of a faculty member's qualifications for teaching in hybrid, hyflex, or synchronous and asynchronous online modalities. Completing appropriate modules will be a benefit for anyone who intends to teach online in future semesters.