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Guide to session types

  • In-person - these face-to-face sessions are held in a traditional classroom setting and typically run 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Presentations provide detailed information about specific topics, while workshops provide interactive, hands-on experiences for a particular concept.
  • Webinars - these presentations are presented using virtual meeting technology (Blackboard Collaborate) and typically run 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Webinars provide detailed information about specific topics.
  • Online workshops - these facilitator-led workshops vary in length from 3-5 weeks and are akin to a fully online course. We offer both self-paced and non-self-paced options. Participants are immersed in a robust online learning community¬†and apply their knowledge by completing activities and interacting with faculty colleagues according to a set schedule.

Available sessions


This self-paced, asynchronous online session is designed around essential online teaching topics and practices and is perfect for both new and experienced online faculty. Participants will explore topics such as: creating and maintaining teaching presence, student accessibility considerations, classroom management techniques, collaborative group learning, online assessment tools, and more. Faculty will also complete selected applied practice activities that they can use in their current and future online courses.


The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online and hybrid courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and educational technologists who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and course review process, as well as best practices in online and hybrid course design.


The Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop is intended for faculty who have a current online course that they would like to revise or improve to meet Quality Matters standards. There is no pre-requisite for this full-day workshop, but all faculty who enroll must have an existing online course that they have taught at least once at Kent State and are scheduled to teach again in an upcoming semester.