Faculty Online Readiness Program

Please register for FORP Training Courses at the links in the accordion menus below.

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:

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Training Courses 
Three (3) self-paced courses are delivered on Canvas and offered sequentially. Can be taken individually or as a series.

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Practical sessions reinforce Training Course content and allow participants to share insights with peers.

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Course Peer Reviews & Consulting
Conducted by CSULB faculty and ATS Instructional Designers with online teaching experience.

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Digital Badges
Awarded to faculty after completing each training course. A culminating badge will be awarded to faculty who complete all 3 training courses. 

February 12-25, 2024  |  REGISTER

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

March 4-24, 2024  |  REGISTER

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

April 8-28, 2024 |  REGISTER

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. 

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

Faculty are welcome to attend any of the following workshops.  Please register by clicking the linked dates below:  

Intro to Online Teaching and Learning
Thursday, February 15, 2024  |  2-3pm
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
Tuesday, March 12, 2024  |  2-3pm 
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 
Thursday, March 21, 2024 |  10-11am
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
Thursday, April 11, 2024 |  10-11am
This workshop will introduce online teaching strategies for synchronous and asynchronous modalities that promote instructor presence, facilitate collaborative group work, and provide effective feedback promptly. CSULB faculty partners will share their expertise in facilitating successful online activities.

Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 |  2-3pm
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.

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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. 
  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 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.

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.