Professional Development and Certification

Certification to Teach Fully Online Courses

Register for Brookdale’s certification course, “Focus on Learning, Teaching and Practice”, delivered as a hybrid. This course is offered three times per year, during the Fall and Spring terms. Upon completion, you will have the skills and experience to design and be eligible to teach a fully online course. This course runs for seven weeks, February 8  through March 28,  with three required face-to-face meetings.

Monday, February 8, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, February 15, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 28, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Canvas Workshops

Certificates will be awarded upon successful completion of each workshop.  Workshops B, C, and D are designed for  Canvas users with knowledge of the topics covered in Workshop A, or users who have completed Workshop A.
  1. Canvas Basics: Workshop A: This hands-on workshop will feature an overview of the system as well as specifics on how to:  Set Navigation (Course Settings); use Student View; Create a Module; Create a Content Page; Add a File; File Manager; Create a Home Page; Roster; Publish Your Content; Publish Your Course; Request a Course for Future Terms; Copy Content from Another Course.
  2. Assignments and Grade book in Canvas: Workshop B: This hands-on workshop will feature how to:  Create an Assignment for Online Submission; Create an Assignment for No Submission; Speed Grader; Create a Discussion; Getting Started with Quizzes; Add Assignments to Modules; Grade book; Extra Credit; Grading Rules.
  3. Communications and Calendar: Workshop C:  This hands-on workshop will feature how to work with: Announcements; Attendance; Discussions; Create a Discussion; Course-Level Discussion Settings; Reply to Discussions; Add Discussions to Modules; Filter Discussions; Pin Discussions; Grade Discussions; View Discussion Participation Statistics; Conversations – Canvas Email; Notifications; Calendar; Assignment Due Dates; Manual Entries to Calendar.
  4. Assessments: Workshop D:  This hands-on workshop will feature how to: Get Started with Quizzes; Add Questions; Create Multiple Choice Questions; Create True/False Questions; Create Fill-in-the-Blank Questions; Create Multiple Fill-in-the-Blank Questions; Create Essay Questions; Preview and Publish Quizzes; Moderate Quizzes and Grade Essay Questions; Grant Extra Quiz Time to Students with Accommodation Alerts; Implement Lockdown Browser to Require Proctored Testing; Create Question Banks for Reusable Questions; Randomizing Exams with Question Groups; Link Question Banks to Question Groups.

Flipping the Classroom Webinars

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions (Educause 2012).  Participate in this Webinar from your own computer at home or on campus; you’ll need Internet access and speakers. Earn a certificate of completion and work with the TLC to implement the model in your own classroom.

Bloom’s Taxonomy in the Digital Age

Bloom’s Taxonomy classifies learning levels that describe the progression from lower order thinking skills to higher order thinking skills. Including Bloom’s in your course design promotes student success by encouraging learners to become active participants.

Workshop 1: Virtual Flashcards to Mind Maps: Attend this workshop to learn software tools that can promote:

  • Remembering: Virtual flash cards with Cram, social bookmarking with Delicious
  • Understanding: Quick slideshows with Popplet, graphic organizations with Animoto
  • Applying: Virtual whiteboards with the Show Me iPad app
  • Analyzing: Mind maps with MindMup

Workshop 2: Google Forms and RSS:   Attend this workshop to learn how Google Forms and RSS readers can promote Evaluating.

Workshop 3: Prezi: Attend this workshop to learn how Prezi’s zooming slideshows can promote Creating.

Workshop 4: VoiceThread:  Attend this workshop to learn how VoiceThread’s asynchronous voice discussions can promote Creating.

Workshop 5: WikiSpaces: Attend this workshop to learn how WikiSpaces’ collaborative web spaces can promote Creating.

Best Practices for Quality Online Courses Workshop

Are you an experienced online instructor interested in measuring your course quality against national standards? The Quality Matters Rubric is a set of 8 general standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses.  Come to this workshop to get started in using the rubric to assess and enhance your course. The standards address Course Overview and Introduction; Learning Objectives (Competencies); Assessment and Measurement; Instructional Materials; Learner Interaction and Engagement; Course Technology; Learner Support; and Accessibility.


Attend this workshop to begin using Camtasia software, which can be used to create multimedia presentations with screen captures and audio.