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Professional Development

Essentials of Online Teaching

In this five-week introductory professional development course, instructors learn different ways to engage online students and powerful practices for facilitating an online course. Through this instruction, faculty will also become familiar with different tools to engage learners. Online courses offer instructors and students a great opportunity to actively engage with course materials, regardless of your discipline. By the end of this course, you will have the pedagogical and technical skills to facilitate an online course. Developed by our most experienced online teaching faculty at Drexel, these courses have incorporated research-based best practices regarding how students learn in an online environment. The Essentials course is fully asynchronous and open to all faculty graduate students, and staff supporting online education and is facilitated by Online Learning Council Faculty Fellows.

Questions? Please contact Dana Kemery at

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

The University-wide trend is for faculty teaching online to become familiar with best practices associated with quality online course design. These best practices are associated with increasing student retention and faculty satisfaction with online education and have become increasingly important to accreditation bodies. This training is designed to help you master best practices in online course design. Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, Online Learning Council Faculty Fellow and certified Quality Matters Online Facilitator, will facilitate the intensive two-week workshop. The workshop focuses on reviewing a sample course for alignment with the Quality Matters rubric to prepare participants to apply research-based key elements to their own course sites. It is fully online and asynchronous, and open to any faculty members, graduate students and staff supporting online education. The maximum capacity is 20 people.

Questions? Please contact Jonathan Deutsch at

Online Accessibility and Inclusivity

Drexel University is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive learning environment for all students. Nationally 19.4% of undergraduates report having a disability (National Center for Education Statistics, 2019). The pivot to remote teaching and learning due to Covid-19 has further emphasized the importance of designing remote and online courses so that all students can succeed. This two-week asynchronous course provides hands-on training in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as well as techniques for inclusive activities that foster student engagement. Open to faculty, graduate students, and professional staff supporting online education, the course will be facilitated by Dr. Deirdre McMahon, Chair of the Online Learning Council Faculty Fellows.

Questions? Please contact Deirdre McMahon at

Course Schedule and Registration