Workshops and Symposia

The Office of Distance Education offers training workshops throughout the year. The workshop schedule is subject to change, so please check this page and the Distance Education Events Calendar often.

Teaching Online Certification Course (TOCC)

Prior to teaching online for KU, each faculty member must successfully complete the Teaching Online Certification Course (TOCC). Please see the sign-up form to register for our open session.

Quality Matters (QM) Workshops

KU offers QM professional development free of charge for faculty who have completed the Teaching Online Certification Course (TOCC)! Each of these courses are facilitated by the KU Office of Distance Education.

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

The Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online courses and develop a course improvement plan. The content is based on the essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online course is required. Please note that, to be successful in this two-week asynchronous online workshop, you should allocate 8 to 10 hours of your time per week to spend on workshop tasks.

This workshop requires a fully-developed online course that has previously been offered in an online format. 

Next offering: June 7 - 21, 2022 Registration required

Designing Your Online Course (DYOC)

The Designing Your Online Course (DYOC) workshop is great for anyone creating an online course from scratch. In this workshop, you will implement best practices in online course design as you learn about the standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. You will use the rubric as a framework to create a Course Development Plan, which you can use to build your course. This workshop guides you to think deeply about your approach to online course design, and workshop facilitators offer feedback that you can apply directly to your own course. Please note that, to be successful in this two-week asynchronous online workshop, you should allocate 8 to 10 hours of your time per week to spend on workshop tasks.

Next offering: TBA

Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)

QM's Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) provides a detailed look at the QM Rubric and the QM Course Review process. In this workshop, participants will apply the concept of alignment and practice writing helpful recommendations for course improvement as part of a course review process. This workshop is intended for those considering a method of quality assurance for online and blended learning programs. 

The workshop is completely online, asynchronous, and lasts two weeks. Participants should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week on the workshop.

Registration required

Instructional Technology Tools Trainings

All events will be held virtually via Zoom. Join us in our Zoom meeting at the following scheduled times.


  • 1/26, 2pm – Getting Started with D2L – New Users!


  • 2/3, 3pm – Using Zoom for Virtual Collaboration – New Users!
  • 2/9, 10am – Leveraging D2L for Online Quizzes: Exam Security, Question Pools, Importing Quizzes from Word
  • 2/21, 2pm – Best Practices for D2L Discussions


  • 3/4, 2pm – Best Practices for D2L Checklists
  • 3/7, 11am – Using Microsoft Stream for Asynchronous Videos
  • 3/23, 2pm – Advanced topic: Mediasite Quizzing
  • 3/29, 3pm - Creating D2L Rubrics


  • 4/7, 10am – Creating Small Group Discussions in D2L
  • 4/11, 10am – Office 365: Using OneDrive for Document Collaboration
  • 4/21, 10am – Office 365: Using Stream for Student Presentations
  • 4/27, 3pm - Office 365: Sway –Multimedia Presentation Platform for Student Projects


  • 5/4, 10am – Leveraging D2L Quizzes for Finals: Exam Security, Question Pools, Importing Quizzes from Word
  • 5/10, 2pm - Finalizing and Releasing Grades in D2L
Past Events

Click on a symposium below to view the presentation archives.

  • 2019 Teaching and Learning Symposium: Open Educational Resources (OER)

    On April 19, 2019 the Office of Distance Education partnered with Rohrbach Library and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) the to offer the 2019 Teaching and Learning Symposium: Open Educational Resources (OERs). The goal was to provide the Higher Education community with a variety of speakers on the topic of using and teaching with affordable or free learning resources. The event was attended by librarians, faculty, and administrators from public and private institutions across Pennsylvania.


    Keynote: John Shank | Penn State University-Berks
    OER: A Wide Open Future for Higher Education

    This presentation focuses on how the use of Open Educational Resources promotes increased student access, success, as well as faculty member's academic freedom. Participants will learn effective & efficient methods for both discovering and adopting OER as primary or supplemental resources to enhance their courses.

    Stephanie Pennucci, Greg Szczyrbak & Dr. Chris Stieha | Millersville University
    Open Education Week: An Opportunity to Collaborate Locally and Globally

    In 2018, librarians and faculty at Millersville University collaborated to deliver 7 online webinars during Open Education Week. Our faculty presented about various aspects of Open Education using online teleconferencing software. The sessions, promoted by Open Education Consortium were attended by educators from around the world. The experience working together has resulted in continued collaborations between the faculty and librarians involved including additional conference presentations and grant proposals. We'll share about our experience co-leading the group and the positive outcomes form the join efforts in promoting awareness about Open Education.

    Michele Mislevy | Albright College
    Road Trip: Navigating to the OER Superhighway

    There have been some bumps in merging onto the OER superhighway, but successes in the School of Professional Studies (SPS) project inspired faculty in the traditional program to explore and implement OER/ no-cost/ low cost text alternatives. This session will recount Albright College's tale, including detours, challenges and successes. The experiences resulted in benefits to SPS budget as well as potential savings achieved by traditional day students.

    Shanna Hollich | Wilson College
    Open Licensing and Creative Commons

    OER is only made possible through the use of open licensing, most commonly provided through Creative Commons licenses. How does Creative Commons affect copyright? How does open licensing work? This program will provide an overview of what Creative Commons is and how it works; how the Creative Commons licenses interact with existing copyright law; an in-depth look into how the licenses are designed and enforced and what the six different types of CC licenses mean; how to use and share CC licenses and CC-licensed works; and the role that CC licenses have in open textbooks, OER, and open pedagogy.

    Dr. Eric Landquist, Dan Stafford & Melody Diehl Detar | Kutztown University, Duquesne University
    Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success

    The advantages of adopting open educational resources (OERs) are deeper than merely reducing the costs incurred by students. OERs increase the accessibility of higher education and have been shown to improve academic success rates. In this talk, we'll cover motivations for using OERs, how to find potentially suitable OERs for your courses, and explain additional Professional Development opportunities through the Open Textbook Network.

    Lisa Kowalski | KUSSI
    The Course Material Affordability Spectrum (recording coming soon)

    Campus bookstores are important partners in providing the lowest-cost solutions to students. Learn how the Kutztown University bookstore has worked to keep costs low while providing the greatest choice to students.

  • 2017 Learning Technologies Open House

    The Office of Distance Education partnered with West Chester University to co-host the Learning Technologies Open House on October 27, 2017. Recordings of the presentations can be found below.

    Rachel Salerno, Scheri Zungia-Murphy | Kutztown University
    Transitioning from Traditional to Hybrid Courses

    Michael Davis | Kutztown University
    Tabletop Gaming, An Aspect of Geographic Learning

    Bonnie Young | West Chester University
    Using D2L ePortfolios for Student Reflection, Feedback, and Presentation

    Eric Landquist | Kutztown University
    Open Educational Resources in Mathematics

    Rui Li | West Chester University
    Tracking Faculty and Academic Administrators' Attitudes and Practices Related to Online Education

    Keith Massie, Moe Folk | Kutztown University
    Going Deep in Social Media: Honing Analytics and Questioning Content

    Shannon Mrkich | West Chester University
    Making Participation Meaningful

    John Walker | Kutztown University
    How I Moved Beyond "Chalk & Talk" Strategies Using Technology

    Angel Bestwick | Kutztown University
    Technology and Formative Assessment Extravaganza