Pathway to Instructional Excellence

The Importance of Professional Development

Wilmington University is committed to your professional development as a faculty member. Excellence in teaching and individualized attention to students are core components of Wilmington University's mission. The skills you acquire from these trainings will help you to enhance student learning using technology.

We recommend that you complete a few of the workshops listed below each semester, so you can improve your technology skills in small increments over time.  If you are competent in one of the trainings listed on your professional development plan, there is a process to follow for you to receive credit for it without attending the training.

Faculty Workshops at a Glance

The Online Learning and Educational Technology department currently offers 25 different technology trainings. WilmU faculty may simply click on a session title to register.

Core Blackboard Advanced Blackboard New workshops for 2017 Instructional Multimedia Presentation Tools
Blackboard Basics Tests in Blackboard Creating ADA
Compliant Resources
Manage Your Course Collaborate
Ultra Basics
Basic Presentation Skills
Blackboard Advanced Rubric Tool in Blackboard UDL for Higher Education Blackboard Communication Tools Kaltura Basics Advanced Presentation
Tools
HOT Training Basic Voice Thread Exemplary Lesson Repository Overview Student Polling Kaltura Advanced Prezi
Grade Center Advanced Interactive Tools
in Blackboard
Successful Online Discussions Tech Tools to Engage Learners Capturing Lectures for Blackboard  
Grade Center Personal Training Appointments   Using Groups to Foster Online Student Learning      

Levels on the Pathway to Instructional Excellence:

The Pathway to Instructional Excellence is designed to help lead instructors through a competency-based pathway that recommends a sequence of training workshops that should be completed to become more competent instructors. View an image of a diagram that displays this information in a visual manner, to see the scope and sequence through the Pathway.  The competencies for each level are also listed.

  1. Essential Skills - The instructor demonstrates a basic understanding of how knowledge and skills are used to perform essential skills for basic computing, online instruction, and communication with students. Evidence of practice indicates limited understanding and application of the skills.
  2. Proficient Skills - The instructor demonstrates a clear understanding and application of a set of strategies and techniques necessary to reach all students using andragogical strategies and technological skills.
  3. Mastery Skills - The instructor demonstrates effective performance with a diverse set of strategies well implemented to reach all students using best andragogical and technological skills.
  4. Exemplary Skills - The instructor's knowledge and practices of best andragogical techniques, and Web 2.0 tools and techniques consistently reach beyond the expectations for effective practice for computing and communication. Evidence of practice indicates a deep understanding and dynamic application to enhance the student learning experience.

Wilmington University is committed to providing all students excellence in teaching and learning. In order to achieve this excellence, Academic Affairs has worked to define and articulate the following expectations for all Wilmington University instructors: Teaching Expectations for all Faculty.

Essential

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Rationale: Blackboard and grade center usage directly impact student success. Thus we highly recommend that all faculty complete the Blackboard Basics and Advanced training. This will also allow you to fulfill the prerequisite for HOT Training Certification.

Required and elective workshops included in the essential level - click on a workshop title to register:

Required Training

Blackboard Basics

Agenda

Video Archive

Blackboard Advanced

Agenda

Video Archive

Electives (Choose 2)

Basic Presentation Skills

Agenda

Workshop Handout

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Grade Center Advanced

Agenda

Archive


Proficient

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Required Training

Hybrid and Online Training

Syllabus

N/A

Electives (Choose 7)

Advanced Presentation
Tools

Agenda

Workshop Handout

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Basic Voice Thread

Agenda

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Blackboard Communication Tools

Agenda

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Collaborate
Ultra Basics

Agenda

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Interactive Tools in Blackboard

Agenda

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Kaltura Basics

Agenda

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Manage Your Course

Agenda

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Rubric Tool in Blackboard

Agenda

Video Archive

Student Polling

Agenda

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Tech Tools to Engage Learners

Agenda

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Tests in Blackboard

Agenda

Video Archive

Mastery

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Required Training

Personalize your Course Template (PYT) - Eligible faculty will be sent an  invitation to register for PYT via email roughly 6-7 weeks before the start of a block.

Syllabus

N/A

Electives (Choose 6)

Mastering Tests and Surveys in Blackboard- Coming soon

Agenda

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Advanced VoiceThread - Once instructors have completed Basic VoiceThread, the Ed Tech department will send the learner an email confirming their completion of the training and provide them with a registration link.

Agenda

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Creating ADA
Compliant Resources

Agenda

N/A

Kaltura Advanced

Agenda

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Capturing Lectures for Blackboard

Agenda

N/A

Prezi

Agenda

Workshop Handout

Video Archive

Exemplary

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Listed below are the 5 required prerequisite workshops included in the exemplary level.  Complete all 5 prerequisite workshops from this set of workshops to become eligible to enroll in the Exemplary Course Program.

Required Training

Exemplary Lesson Repository Overview

Agenda

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Successful Online Discussions

Agenda

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UDL in Higher Education

Agenda

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Advancing Student Engagement Using Multimedia - Coming soon

Agenda

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Using Groups to Foster Online Student Learning

Agenda

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Exemplar Course Program

Syllabus

N/A

 

Process for Testing Out

  1. Review the learning objectives for a workshop.
  2. Make a screencast in Kaltura demonstrating your competency of the learning objectives.
  3. Send the video to EdTech@wilmu.edu for an instructional technologist to review.

Upcoming Training Sessions