Professional Development Opportunities

Workshops & Webinars

We offer several hands-on workshops and webinars throughout the year. Opportunities range from learning pedagogical techniques to enhance learning through the use of technology to hands-on workshops to learn how to use educational technology tools.

View Dates & Register for Upcoming Workshops & Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

Backward Design Series

HyFlex Series

Other Technology & Pedagogy Sessions

 Self-Guided Tutorials


We offer self-guided, online tutorials for both Getting Started with Blackboard and Getting Started with the Blackboard Grade Center. These tutorials can be completed at your own pace.

Register for a Self-Guided Tutorial


All faculty have been enrolled in the Canvas Instructor Self-Guided Tutorial. To access this self-guided tutorial, go to If you do not see the self-guided tutorial under your Dashboard, register for the Canvas Instructor Self-Guided Tutorial. This tutorial can be completed at your own pace.

Foundations in Online Teaching & Learning

We offer an 8-week online, asynchronous professional development course called Foundations in Online Teaching and Learning (FOTL). In FOTL, instructors learn about effective online teaching practice as they begin to develop or redesign content for an online course. To learn more, read through the FOTL Executive Statement

FOTL has been received positively by Duquesne instructors and is our primary recommendation for anyone new to online teaching. Instructors with online teaching experience also benefit as FOTL helps instructors take a strategic approach to online course design in order to deliver a course more effective at supporting student learning.

Register for an Upcoming FOTL Course 


Need help developing an online course or want to learn about new technologies? Our Instructional Designers are happy to meet one-on-one for consultations. Simply fill out the consultation request form below and one of our designers will reach out to you to schedule a meeting date.

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Training Descriptions

Promoting Learning through Technology

Keys to Success in Online Teaching & Learning (Webinar)

Learn pedagogical best practices and techniques for designing and facilitating an online course that is engaging, learning-objective focused and promotes student success.

Creating a Welcoming Online Course Environment (Webinar)

Learn strategies for using tools such as Announcements, Discussion Board, VoiceThread, Wikis, Blogs, Journals, and Zoom Meetings to build community and create a welcoming course environment for your students.

Creating Engaging HyFlex Learning Experiences (Webinar)

Learn techniques for engaging all of your students during HyFlex class sessions. During this session, we will examine strategies for promoting student interaction, gauging student understanding, and holding robust, organized discussions. Participants will walk away with several activities that can be quickly integrated into their HyFlex teaching.

All Things Assessment: Effectively Measuring Student Learning and Providing Meaningful Feedback (Webinar)

Learn strategies for assessing student achievement of learning objectives, choosing the appropriate tools to facilitate those assessments, and providing feedback that helps students improve their performance.

Supporting Student Success (Webinar)

Learn best practices for supporting your students' success in an online course. This webinar will focus on building community, establishing effective communication methods, as well as highlight the student resources and support services available at Duquesne.

Backward Design Series

In this three-part series, Instructional Designers Ashley Canning and Liz Henry will take faculty through the backward design process, starting with course learning objectives and best practices in course design and continuing through the process of assessing students and designing learning activities that both engage and help students practice and master the skills outlined by the learning objectives. If you've been interested in but have not had the chance to participate in the Foundations in Online Teaching & Learning (FOTL) course, then this series is for you!

Educational Technology Tools

Canvas Training (Workshop or Webinar)

This two-part series teaches basic course design skills using Canvas to design and teach your course. Learn how to communicate with their students via announcements and emails, upload and organize content using modules and pages, create discussions and assignments, and become familiar with SpeedGrader. Lastly, learn more in-depth features about modules and assignments, create and deploy quizzes, use the grade book, and learn more about SpeedGrader.

Canvas Self-Guided (Self-guided Tutorial)

Learn how to use the feature and functions of Canvas to design and teach your course all at your own pace. 

Getting Started with Blackboard (Workshop or Self-Guided Tutorial)

Learn course design basics and foundational skills for using the Blackboard Learning Management System to design and teach your courses. Practice using the most common Blackboard tools, reflect on your personal use of Blackboard, and apply best practices for using Blackboard in your courses.

Getting Started with the Blackboard Grade Center (Self-Guided Tutorial)

Learn how to use Blackboard's Grade Center to grade student work in your Blackboard course sites. Topics include the layout of the Grade Center, how to set up the Grade Center, and how to grade student work through the Grade Center.

Getting Started with Zoom (Webinar)

Learn foundational skills for using Zoom Meetings to conduct synchronous, online class sessions. Experience Zoom from the student perspective while learning how to schedule sessions and use various Zoom tools to engage students.

Beyond the Lecture: Engaging Students with Zoom

During this interactive webinar, experience Zoom's interactive tools and learn how they can be used to engage students. Attendees will participate in activities using Zoom's Breakout Rooms, Polls, and Whiteboard Annotation features while learning techniques in which these interactive tools can be used to enhance student engagement and learning.

Creating & Sharing Videos through MyMediasite (Workshop)

Through this hands-on workshop, learn how to use MyMediasite to record your computer screen and webcam, store recordings to a MyMediasite account, and share recordings with students through Blackboard.

Engaging & Assessing Students with Nearpod (Workshop)

Through this hands-on workshop, learn how to create interactive Nearpod lessons that include presentation slides, web content, videos, audio, virtual field trips, polls, quiz questions, and other assessment tools to engage students and measure their level of understanding.

Increasing Student Interaction with VoiceThread (Workshop)

Through this hands-on workshop, learn how to use VoiceThread to record mini-lectures, conduct class introductions, and hold asynchronous voice discussions with your students. Attendees will participate in VoiceThread as students by posting comments and creating their own VoiceThread presentations.