Pathways to Instructional Excellence

Overview about Pathways to Instructional Excellence

The Pathways to Instructional Excellence (PIE) guides WilmU instructors through a competency-based curriculum, leading them to become more accomplished instructors that are better able to teach WilmU students. Professional development at Wilmington University offers personalization to allow you to choose any of the electives in the Pathways program. You may choose to take any elective in any order, you don't have to complete the electives in any sequence.

Professional Development for faculty is brought to you by several departments at Wilmington University: Library (LIB), Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), and Online Learning Ed Tech (OLET)

Register for Faculty Training in the WilmU Learning Center

Watch this video to learn more about the WilmU Learning Center. To register for workshops, you must first login to the WilmU Learning Center, use your WilmU login credentials.  Click here to login to the WilmU Learning Center.

You may search in the PIE catalog for PIE events, or you may review our self-paced catalog if you want to complete training "on your own time and pace" in a Canvas course. We also offer webinars in Zoom. Upon registration, you will receive email notification of the guest links to join a Zoom webinar. If you need assistance or have questions about PIE, please email

PIE is organized into 4 competency levels:

  1. Essential
  2. Proficient
  3. Mastery
  4. Exemplary
  • Download the PIE Checklist with event codes which displays this information in a visual manner, to see the scope and sequence through the Pathways.
  • Wilmington University is committed to providing all students excellence in teaching and learning. In order to achieve this excellence, the Academic Affairs department has worked to define and articulate the following expectations for all Wilmington University instructors: Teaching Expectations for all Faculty.

Essential Level

Basic understanding of technology and instructional strategies
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ESS101-OLET Canvas Basic*
  ESS102-OLET Canvas Advanced*
  ESS100-CTE Faculty Orientation*
  ESS103-CTE Becoming a Scholarly Practitioner*
  ESS104-LIB Navigate Library Resources & Advanced Searching
  ESS105-OLET Microsoft PowerPoint
  ESS106-OLET Gradebook in Canvas
  ESS107-CTE WAC #1 Writing Across the Curriculum
* Denotes a training that is required to be completed before being eligible to teach at Wilmington University.   (It is recommended all faculty complete Gradebook in Canvas. This session is a pre-requisite for MAS300-OLET)


Proficient Level

Proficient level events offer clear understanding and application of andragogical strategies and technological skills

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  PRO200-OLET HOT (Hybrid and Online Training)*
  PRO221.24-CTE Learner Centerred Instruction
  PRO224.24-CTE Grading and Effective Feedback
  PRO203-LIB RefWorks Citation Manager†
  PRO204-OLET TURNITIN: Plagiarism Detection
  PRO205-OLET Kaltura Basic
  PRO206-OLET Manage Your Course
  PRO207-OLET New Quizzes in Canvas
  PRO209-OLET Student Polling
  PRO210.24-OLET Engage in Padlet
  PRO213-OLET Zoom
  PRO214-OLET Feedback Tools in Canvas
  PRO216-OLET Canva Presentations
  PRO217-OLET Wakelet- Curation Tool
  PRO220-CTE Active Learning Techniques
  PRO222-CTE Cyber Day Course Planning
  PRO225-CTE Communicating Across Cultures
  PRO226-CTE Planning Weekly Class Sessions
  PRO227-CTE Rubric Design
  PRO228-CTE WAC #2 Writing Across the Curriculum (must complete WAC#1)
  PRO230-CTE Teaching: AI with a Growth Mindset

Mastery Level

Mastery level events offer a diverse set of instructional strategies used to analyze and evaluate teaching and learning
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  MAS300-OLET PYT (Personalize Your Course Template)
  MAS301-CTE Designing Engaging Instruction
  MAS302-CTE Communicating Expectations
  MAS303.24-LIB Discipline Specific Database Searching†
  MAS304-OLET Capturing Lectures
  MAS305-OLET UDL & Accessibility
  MAS306-OLET Gamification Strategies
  MAS307-OLET Kaltura Advanced
  MAS310-OLET Online Live Training
  MAS311-OLET Flip (Voice Response Tool)
  MAS313-OLET Creating and Holding Zoom Office Hours
  MAS314-OLET Turnitin: AI Detection
  MAS315-OLET Create with Canva
  MAS320-CTE Icebreakers & Topic Starters
  MAS321-CTE Levels of Assessment
  MAS322-CTE Promoting Academic Integrity
  MAS323-CTE The Adult Learner
  MAS324-CTE Utilizing Formative and Summative Assessments
  MAS325-CTE Trauma Informed Approaches to Teaching
  MAS326-CTE WAC #3 Writing Across the Curriculum (must complete WAC#1 and #2)

Exemplary Level

Exemplary level events provides synthesis of innovative and various forms of technology and best instructional practices.
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  XEM401-CTE Creating Relevant Assessments
  XEM402-CTE Building Higher Order Thinking Skills
  XEM403-OLET Using Groups in Canvas
  XEM404-LIB (OERs)Open Educational Resources†
  XEM405-LIB Information Literacy Rubric†
  XEM406-OLET Canvas Course Analytics
  XEM408-CTE Authentic Learning
  XEM409-CTE Fostering Multiple Intelligences
  XEM410-CTE Using CATS Feedback
  XEM411-CTE Teambuilding in the Classroom
  XEM412-CTE The Art of Facilitation
  XEM413-OLET Chat GPT and Beyond

XEM444-OLET ECP (Exemplary Course Practice)

Note: The ECP (Exemplary Course Practice) course is the last training on your pathway.
The prerequisites to register for ECP are the completion of the Essential, Proficient, and Mastery Level Programs and three Exemplary required events and two Exemplary elective events.

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.

WilmU faculty may simply click on a session title to register. You must be logged in to the WilmU Learning Center to register. 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.