Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty

*The Summer Institute is now closed to new registrations.  If you have not yet registered, please contact your School dean.  If you have registered and completed RPD100 Introduction to Remote Teaching and Learning and would like to register for additional workshops, please use the registration link provided by your RPD100 facilitator.*

Summer Institute for Remote Teaching and Learning

The Summer Institute offers professional development opportunities to support success in the design and delivery of remote instruction. Faculty will have the opportunity to earn Digital Badges with the successful completion of each course.

Registration for the Summer Institute is free for GMercyU full-time and adjunct faculty. The Summer Institute will run from July 6 through August 16. 


RPD 100 - Introduction to Remote Teaching & Learning
*Workshop will be facilitated by an instructor with at least one synchronous section

In this workshop, you will understand the four elements of Remote Learning necessary for success: Time, Technology, Communication, and Lesson Design.  You will learn how to utilize Evidence Based Resources and the "Start Here" & "Weekly Learning Module" templates to design a successful remote learning course. You will understand strategies identified to support and promote student learning.

RDP 200 - Blackboard Basics
*Workshop is self-paced

In this workshop, you will learn how to use the basic functions of Blackboard. This will enable you to create a structured and navigable course where your students can engage in learning materials, interact with peers through collaboration tools, and submit assignments.

RDP 300 - Blackboard Advanced: Beyond the Basics
*Workshop is self-paced

In this workshop, you will review several features and tools in Blackboard that go 'beyond the basics.’  You'll be encouraged to explore your current teaching strategies with these advanced Blackboard applications designed for effective student engagement, collaboration, and communication in an online learning environment.  

RPD 400 - Getting Engaged
*Workshop will be facilitated by an instructor with at least one synchronous section

A fundamental part of student success online is engagement through collaboration. This workshop will assist you in engaging students through a collaborative environment. Collaboration tools such as discussion boards, videoconferencing platforms and group activities as well as other tools that will engage students in a collaborative environment will be discussed. In addition, the workshop will provide insight and information about accessibility in your courses.

RPD 500 - Unique Ways to Deliver Content in the Remote Environment
*Workshop is self-paced

During this workshop, you will explore creative approaches to content delivery. You will learn how to create, store, and use videos in their teaching. In addition, the you will be introduced to graphic creation tools to add visual media to their lessons and on Blackboard. Finally, you will learn how to use Powerpoint animation and tools to enhance their content delivery. 

RPD 600 - Being Present and Feeding the Student
*Workshop will be facilitated by an instructor with at least one synchronous section

This workshop focuses on providing strategies to faculty aimed at sustaining an effective faculty presence while maintaining reciprocal, productive feedback with students. The goal is to create a learning experience rich in interaction, student-managed and focused on addressing the needs of the students in mastering the learning outcomes of the course through the application of best practices in remote learning.

RPD 700 - Innovative Assessment & the Flipped Classroom
*Workshop is self-paced

Bueller...Bueller- No More! This workshop offers faculty the opportunity to explore and develop alternative and authentic assessment techniques which aid in measuring your students' proficiency of course learning outcomes. In addition, faculty will apply the non-traditional teaching approach of the flipped classroom to your discipline. The skills learned will allow the faculty to create an active learning environment in the remote classroom.