Faculty Development

The Online Learning Team offers a variety of live sessions and self-paced online workshops that support, reinforce, and extend the Kent State Online Framework for designing and developing high-quality online courses. 

Please sign-up for our Online Teaching Listserv to be notified when new sessions are available. Our listserv includes news, resources, tips, and best practices for online instructors. 

All Kent State faculty are invited to register for training opportunities through the TechHelp Technology Workshops site. This site also includes training for relevant technologies such as Canvas, Kaltura, and Microsoft Teams offered by our colleagues in Information Technology.

Session Descriptions


The Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher (OTOR) is perfect for both beginning and experienced online faculty, Graduate Teaching Assistants, and staff members who want to learn more about online teaching and learning. In this fully online, self-paced, asynchronous workshop we will explore topics such as creating and maintaining teaching presence, student accessibility considerations, classroom management techniques, collaborative group learning, online assessment tools, and more. Participant feedback suggests each module takes approximately 2-5 hours to complete (likely a minimum of 14-hour total time commitment) and, because the course is self-paced, participants have freedom and flexibility in choosing how and when to complete the activities by the end date of the session. This session offers two options for earning a digital badge through Canvas Credentials.

Have you already participated in the OTOR?

Get access to the new Online Teaching Orientation and Refresher Resource Course that includes all of the materials and activities that are presented in the facilitated version and is available upon request as a resource for those who previously participated in this course in Blackboard. Reach out to Lydia Rogouski at lrogousk@kent.edu to be enrolled.


Canvas in a Flash is a fully online, self-paced, asynchronous workshop that introduces essential training on the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) and spotlights pedagogical considerations for designing and delivering instruction. This course is intended for faculty, teaching assistants, and anyone designing and delivering instruction online, remote, or on-ground. Topics covered include Canvas tools and settings, organizing your course, adding instructional materials, designing assessments, establishing teaching presence, providing feedback, and promoting learner engagement in your online or remote class. This workshop includes an option to earn a Bronze Teaching Development Award from the Center for Teaching and Learning.


Kent State Online offers a variety of workshops and informational sessions for faculty designing, developing, and delivering courses online. These sessions can be requested as needed for a college or department and can be customized to meet faculty needs. To request a custom session, please submit a request and a member of the Online Learning Team will reach out to you!