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Professional Development Opportunities

Structured faculty development opportunities include Online Teaching Essentials, a course designed to introduce online teaching; Advanced Online Teaching Strategies, which focuses on more complex course designs and pedagogies; and workshops for learning and improving specific skills. 

Online Teaching Essentials

St. John’s University’s Office of Online Learning and Services offers faculty members interested in teaching hybrid or fully online courses the opportunity to enroll in Online Teaching Essentials. This four-week, facilitated online course focuses on online course design and pedagogy.

Advanced Online Teaching Strategies 

Advanced Online Teaching Strategies (AOTS) is an optional, three-week facilitated online course designed for faculty who want to expand their knowledge and skills in the virtual classroom. It builds upon the pedagogical foundation established in Online Teaching Essentials. 

Please visit Preparation to Teach Online to learn more and register for the above courses.

Additional Online Faculty Development Opportunities

Have you ever thought about helping St. John’s develop the next generation of faculty teaching hybrid and online courses?

The Office of Online Learning and Services is looking for experienced faculty to share their passion for online teaching with the St. John’s community by facilitating the Online Teaching Essentials course. We have scheduled two short information sessions on Tuesday, June 4 to share more information about the role of the facilitator and the OTE course.

Who should attend?

  • Faculty with experience teaching online and/or hybrid courses at St. John’s.
  • Faculty who are passionate about online and hybrid teaching and who would like to share that passion with their peers.

Here is what a past facilitator had to say about teaching the course:

“Facilitating OTE was a wonderful experience. I got to put into practice all of the strategies and skills I learned when I took the course, and I was able to collaborate and support SJU instructors in their own journey to online teaching. I found myself gathering new ideas and information on how to make my own online courses more engaging and relevant. I truly appreciated all of the support from the department while working as a facilitator, and can't wait to be asked again to teach another course!”

  • Aly McDowell, Adjunct Faculty, School of Education

To learn more please register for our 30-minute information session:

June 4, 10:00 – 10:30 am

June 4, 2:00 – 2:30 pm


Previous Spring 2019 Events

Onboarding Online Students: A Tale of Success

The Office of Online Learning and Services presents a webinar in collaboration with the Division of Library and Information Science.

Join us as we discuss a new and innovative collaboration between an instructional designer and an academic support assistant to provide an online orientation for graduate students that is responsive, effective, and engaging. This webinar will include a presentation of our partnership and the resulting orientation, a student's perspective as well as time for questions and answers.

Expand the Classroom Experience: Fostering Online Student Creativity

This webinar will explore a variety of learning activities and assessments (and a creative process to develop activites and assessments) that you can include in your online (or any) class to:

  • Bring real world experiences into the online learning environment
  • Support and promote student creativity
  • Expand the classroom experience from Blackboard (the online classroom) to local, regional, national, or international communities. 

Participants will investigate topics like authentic assessment, academic service learning, and more, that asks students to move from consumers of knowledge to producers. 

Participants will leave this webinar with the skills to creatively develop authentic academic service learning assignments, aligned with the Vincentian Mission, that have the potential to impact the world.