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Online Learning Studio

In collaboration with the Academic Continuity Resource Center, Academic Technology Services (ATS) is offering this opportunity for faculty professional development.

In the CSULB Online Learning Studio, faculty will explore core principles of online pedagogy and get practical instructions for developing courses in the BeachBoard learning management system (LMS).

The program includes enrollment in a BeachBoard course which gives faculty the flexibility to work at their own pace and access reference materials at any time. Recorded webinar sessions that reinforce concepts are included in the course.

Stipend and Work Hours

A $750 stipend will be awarded after successful completion of the requirements within four (4) weeks after your session start date.  Depending on your level of experience with technology and course design, completing the requirements will take approximately 15-20 hours.

Application Instructions

Please submit your completed application for any of the following sessions:

  • June 8-26:  (Deadline: June 7)
  • June 29-July 17 (Deadline: June 28)
  • July 20- August 7 (Deadline: July 19)


ATS will contact candidates by email with confirmed dates and details.

Course Contents

The Online Learning Studio course modules include:

  • Intro to Online Teaching
    An overview of the steps involved in developing an online course. We'll also touch on concerns such as academic integrity and creating engagement among students.
  • Accessibility
    The basics of online course accessibility and the resources available to assist you in developing course materials.
  • Course Design Alignment
    The course elements that ensure alignment with student learning outcomes including content structure, activities, and materials.
  • Assessment and Activities
    Assessment types and activities that engage students and reinforce learning outcomes.
  • Choosing Technology Tools
    Tools often used in online and hybrid classes such as video conferencing (Zoom), discussion boards, and videos.
  • Media Creation
    BeachBoard tools to record lectures or import media from other sources to share with your students.
  • Syllabus & Course Homepage
    Best practices for an online syllabus and how to set up your course structure.
  • Class Templates
    Various layouts and elements of modules to help organize your course that you can use right away.

Webinar Descriptions

The following webinars will be offered as recordings within the Online Learning Studio BeachBoard course.

  • Introductions and Resources
    This webinar will go over the CSULB Online Learning Studio program and the requirements needed to successfully complete the program. The online course templates developed by Academic Technology Services will be demonstrated and offered to faculty as an option to get started quickly in the course development process.
  • Course Design in BeachBoard
    This webinar demonstrates how to get started with building a course in BeachBoard using the basic tools and functions.
  • Creating Assessments
    This webinar demonstrates different assessment tools available in BeachBoard through which faculty can create low stake assessments as well as high stake assessments. This webinar also introduces faculty to proctoring tools and exam creating tools such as Respondus 4.0
  • Using Zoom
    This webinar covers the use of Zoom’s features for a course. It demonstrates how to access Zoom, set up meetings, invite attendees, Zoom interface details, and how to access reports.
  • Choosing a Video Tools
    This webinar demonstrates the multimedia tools available to create course content videos, how to access these tools and use-case best practices.

Course Requirements

Download the Course Requirements [PDF]

Depending on your level of experience with technology and course design, completing the requirements will take approximately 15-20 hours. Complete the following activities within four weeks after your session start date:

  1. Access the Online Learning Studio
    Review the Online Learning Studio course modules and complete the quizzes.
  2. Attend Webinars
    Review or attend the 5 companion webinars.
  3. Complete Checklist
    Use the Alternative Modes of Instruction Checklist [PDF] and apply each standard to your course.
  4. Apply Course Alignment Blueprint
    Use the Course Alignment Blueprint [DOC] to input 2-3 full weeks that are aligned.
  5. Build and Develop Modules
    Build 2-3 weeks of course modules in your Fall BeachBoard course demonstrating course alignment (you may use pre-built BeachBoard course templates to accelerate the development process).
  6. Work with Faculty Champions
    Facilitate ongoing communication and collaboration with department and college Faculty Champions and Faculty Leads who participated in the Summer Professional Development Program Champ Camp.
  7. Submit Documents
    Faculty will submit documents to Online learning Studio Program Submission Form. Submitted documents and the Fall BeachBoard course will be evaluated for completion.

A $750 stipend will be awarded after successful completion of the program requirements within four (4) weeks after your session start date.

Technology Requirements

To join the Online Learning Studio BeachBoard course and complete the required activities, participants should have access to the following technology:

  • PC or Mac (less than 3 years old) 
  • Windows 7 or Mac OS X (minimum) 
  • Access to Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Cable or DSL Internet 
  • Latest Firefox Browser 
  • Latest Google Chrome Browser 
  • PDF Reader 
  • Word Processing Software (i.e., Word, Pages) 
  • Slide Presentation Software (i.e., PowerPoint) 
  • Enable Cookies 
  • Enable JavaScript 
  • Webcam USB Headset (speakers and mic)