Faculty Professional Development

ATS Faculty Professional Development Programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of CSULB faculty and combine best practices from established models of online, hybrid, and HyFlex course design.

Program Descriptions

As part of a CSU system-wide initiative, the ATS Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Faculty Programs support faculty in integrating low-cost learning materials into their courses.

Offered: Spring 2024

The Faculty Online Readiness Program provides a comprehensive introduction to best practices and established standards for online course design and teaching. Participants will discover techniques that facilitate course management and enhance student learning while transforming a face-to-face curriculum into an online format.

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of Canvas
  • “Backward Design:” aligning content with learning objectives
  • Approaches to online student assessment and feedback
  • Fostering community and communication in the online class
  • Streamlining your workload

Program Incentives:
Participants will receive a micro-credential “badge” after completing any of the program course modules.

Offered:  Spring 2024

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric explores principles of online course design based on the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and is based on the program offered through the CSU Chancellor's Office of Online Course Services.

Now offered by our QM-certified facilitators at CSULB, participants will engage in hands-on activities and make specific adjustments to assessments and course materials to improve student learning outcomes.

Offered: Winter 2024

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework for improving the quality of online courses. Participants review their own online courses and develop a course improvement plan. Having a pre-developed online course is required to participate in the program activities.

Offered:  Winter 2024

HyFlex is a course design model that combines face-to-face with online learning giving students options for attending in-person or virtually. Visit our Hyflex Classrooms and Instruction site for more information about resources at CSULB.

This program will present techniques and best practices for teaching in a Hyflex classroom to create an engaging learning environment. In addition, you will have the opportunity of taking a personal tour of a Hyflex Classroom through an appointment with our Classroom Support team (ats-css@csulb.edu). The learning objectives of this program are to:

  • Develop student learning objectives using core principles of Hyflex design.
  • Identify effective student assessment strategies.
  • Apply activities for engaging students in different modalities.   

Offered:  Spring 2022  |  Summer 2022  |  Fall 2022

This program is ideal for faculty new to CSULB or those who did not complete the ATS Online Learning Studio or Go Virtual programs previously offered.

In this program, we'll cover Canvas and Zoom basics and present foundational concepts for online course design and student success. We’ll also guide faculty in selecting relevant technology tools and present techniques for constructing interactive and engaging learning content for alternative modes of instruction (remote/online/hybrid/hyflex).

Following completion of this program, faculty will be eligible to move on to the Quality Essentials 1 program as the next step in the sequence of this professional development series.

Offered:  Winter 2022  |  Summer 2022  |  Fall 2022

This program introduces online course standards adapted from the internationally recognized Quality Matters rubric, selected specifically to meet the needs of current CSULB faculty.

During the program, you will apply a set of standards to one of your existing online courses. These standards include guidance on writing clear learning objectives, using a variety of instructional materials and activities, supporting student learning, and more. Review the Quality Essential 1 Standards Checklist [PDF].

Offered:  Spring 2022  

With the guidance of a CSULB Faculty Peer Reviewer, participants build on expertise acquired in Quality Essential 1 and continue to apply additional standards to their courses.

Completion of this program will prepare your course for Quality Matters certification (optional). Review the Quality Essential 2 Standards Checklist [PDF].

Offered:  Spring 2022    

In this program, instructors work individually with a CSULB faculty member certified as a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, who will provide valuable feedback and help prepare your course for QM certification. CSULB faculty Peer Reviewers are part of our Quality Assurance Community of Practice.

Offered:  Spring 2022