Drexel University’s Online Learning Council (OLC) invites faculty, staff, and graduate students across the university to participate in the following fully online professional development opportunities. These courses are free, asynchronous (though with deadlines and some collaborative work) and facilitated by faculty experienced in online teaching and learning.

We look forward to working with you. Course information and registration links are below.

Essentials of Online Teaching

April 12 – May 16, 2021 
July 5 – August 8, 2021 
August 2 – September 5, 2021

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 one’s 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 open to all faculty, graduate students, and staff supporting online education and is facilitated by seasoned online teaching faculty serving as Online Learning Council Faculty Fellows. Please contact Dana Kemery at dck28@drexel.edu.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

February 16 – March 2, 2021
May 11 – 25, 2021
August 3 – 17, 2021

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 two-week workshop. 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. Please contact Jonathan Deutsch at st96d633@drexel.edu.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


If a session is full, please leave your contact information in the “Interested in future OLC course dates” section of the registration application. The Fellows will contact you if spots open. 
The Online Learning Council also supports course review options. Visit Drexel.edu/olc-coursereviews to learn more.