Faculty Development Opportunities

Upcoming Workshops

Preparing Your Class for the Unexpected

IT Academic Services is offering small group, mini-workshops to help faculty prepare for teaching when they or their students cannot be on campus. These workshops will be offered in the Faculty Instructional Technology space in VCLS 214. Each workshop is about a half hour and focuses on practical demonstrations & questions faculty may have.

Topics include:

  • Preparing Your Class for the Unexpected
  • Virtual Classrooms with Collaborate
  • Video Recording with Panopto
  • Web Conferencing Tools
  • AMS classroom recordings

Mini-Workshop Schedule

All classes are 30 minutes in length

Date Time Workshop Title
Monday, Feb. 11 noon Preparing Your Class for the Unexpected - Overview
Tuesday, Feb. 12 2 p.m. Virtual Classrooms with Collaborate
Wednesday, Feb. 13 10 a.m. Video Recording with Panopto
Friday, Feb. 15 noon Web Conferencing Tools
Tuesday, Feb. 19 10 a.m. AMS Classroom Recordings
Wednesday, Feb. 20 10 a.m. Preparing Your Class for the Unexpected - Overview
Wednesday, Feb. 20 3 p.m. Video Recording with Panopto
Thursday, Feb. 21 10 a.m. Virtual Classrooms with Collaborate
Friday, Feb. 22 1 p.m. Web Conferencing Tools

Available Training

Academic Affairs and Academic Services recently offered the following faculty development opportunities. If you are interested in providing any of these sessions for your department, please contact Chris Rhoads at 6-9709 or crhoads@wsu.edu.


Using OneDrive for Storage and Sharing
This entry level presentation covers how to save documents to OneDrive for easy, off-campus access to your work files and how to share these files with others.

Collaborating with OneDrive
The companion class to “Using OneDrive for Storage and Sharing,” this class digs deeper into how to work on specific documents with other people using comments, revision histories, and concurrent editing.


So You Have an Accommodation Letter: What’s Next?
Review the ins and outs of accommodation letters including what the letters mean in practice, what reasonable accommodations look like, and who to turn to when you need help with the accommodation.

Universal Design: Building a Class That Serves Everyone
This session goes over what Universal Design for accessibility means and what it looks like in practice, and offers some baby steps you can take towards it.

Accessible Documents
Ensuring that your documents are accessible is a fairly easy process. Learn how to create accessible Word and PowerPoint documents from the start and how to fix those documents that are not currently accessible.

Accessible/Affordable Videos
Finding video content that is both affordable and accessible can be difficult. Learn the challenges and various options available for incorporating more media in course spaces.

Hidden Disabilities
with Michael Dunn, associate professor of special education and literacy
Learn and discuss different types of hidden disabilities and how to help these students manage academic tasks.

Hidden Disabilities
with Dr. Allison Chambers, Staff Psychologist
Increase knowledge and awareness of mental health disorders that commonly impact university students, the signs and symptoms to look for, and how to support individuals experiencing distress.

Captioning YouTube Videos Using Amara
Learn step-by-step instructions for captioning and subtitling YouTube videos for Universal Design or disability accommodations using Amara.


Getting Started with Blackboard
This is a faculty-driven introduction to Blackboard and covers topics such as uploading your syllabus, organizing your materials, setting up your gradebook, assignments and quizzes.

Organizing Your Class in Blackboard
Learn simple techniques to organize and label your activities in Blackboard including week or module-based folder structures, “imperative” labels, video and document embedding, and completed weekly checklists.

Blackboard Tips and Tricks
Explore some of the relatively unknown aspects of Blackboard and learn ways to utilize them for your course as well as how to make functions that you currently use work better for you.

Better Quizzes with Blackboard
Learn how to use the best of Blackboard’s quiz features without falling into the deadly trap of the over-engineered quiz.

Accessible Blackboard
Following a few simple guidelines can make a huge difference in the accessibility of your course and ensure compliance with accommodation letters.


Getting Started with Labs Sites
The labs sites are a web environment for faculty to advertise their and/or their students’ work. In this workshop, we cover the basics of how to administer your site, add users, craft pages, and design the general look of your site.

Preparing Your Class for a Campus Closure
Learn how to prepare your class to use technology during a campus closure.

Helping Students Sort Fact from Fiction on the Web
Learn the latest research on why web readers struggle in evaluating web information, what strategies work, and how these strategies can be taught in any class.