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Workshops for Faculty

UPDATE - 08/17/20

All of our scheduled Summer Teaching Online workshops have now concluded.  Our next offering of the workshop will be offered prior to the start of the Spring 2021 semester. 

Teaching Effectively Online Workshops

Pace Online is offering a condensed version of its "Teaching Effectively Online" workshop facilitated asynchronously through the use of the Blackboard content management system. No physical or synchronous online attendance is required, only a computer and internet connection. This 3-day online workshop is work intensive, requiring active participation and the completion of exercises within the posted deadlines.

Registrants are expected to access and actively participate in the workshop online daily while it is being offered. You are welcome to access the workshop and participate at any point during the day (and as frequently or often) that is most convenient for you. We estimate an average of 3 hours of work per day, which consists of reviewing the content of each module, taking the quiz, and actively posting and responding each day in the discussion forums. This average is based upon prior participant feedback.

By the end of this workshop, faculty should be able to:

  • Create a plan for developing an online course or moving a course from face-to-face to online.
  • Create measurable and specific learning objectives for online courses.
  • Identify the importance of a syllabus and rubrics for an online course and students.
  • Choose tools/features to create an effective and cohesive online course in Blackboard.
  • ​Identify appropriate assessment for online instructional activities.
  • ​​Recognize effective formats for different learning activities.
  • Apply consistency to design and the structure of an online course.
  • Investigate Library resources and services available to online students and faculty.

Please note that this workshop is not intended for instruction on how to use Blackboard. It is focused on the pedagogy of good effective online instruction and is intended for faculty who are already comfortable using the Blackboard system. If you require training on how to use Blackboard, please contact the Office of Academic Technologies for additional support at Additionally, Academic Technologies is also hosting a number of webinars over the next few weeks on various technologies, including Blackboard and Zoom. View the schedule of upcoming webinars that might be of benefit to you.

This workshop encompasses the required training faculty are asked to complete prior to September 1st. Exemptions for this training are being granted if faculty have satisfied one or more of the following criteria:

  • You have previously completed the workshop at Pace. We have a list of all the participants who have successfully completed the workshop.
  • You have previously completed an online certification training program at another institution and can produce documentation verifying completion.
  • You have previously taught a completely online course at Pace (excluding the emergency remote pivot to online this past March).

If you feel that you have satisfied one of these criteria, please email Joe Seijo at to request an exemption.

HyFlex Training

One of the modes of instruction that will be implemented for the Fall semester in order to satisfy social distancing requirements will be the HyFlex model. In this mode, courses are delivered both in person and online at the same time by the same faculty member. Select classrooms on campus will be outfitted with a "Zoom Station", that will allow the faculty member to teach to a number of students in the classroom, while simultaneously teaching to a number of students connected to the class synchronously via a Zoom session. This model maximizes the potential for students to participate in a face to face course experience while adhering to the guidelines of social distancing. The challenge for the faculty in this mode is to ensure that both groups of students, in-person and online, are able to benefit from the same interactive learning experience. During these sessions, will we cover the basics of using the equipment and technology available in the classroom to facilitate this mode of instruction. Additionally, we will discuss best practices in pedagogy while employing the HyFlex model.

These sessions will be facilitated via Zoom webinar by staff from the Educational Media Department, as well as Pace Online.

Dates and Times:

  • July 14th 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • July 22nd 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • July 30th 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • August 4th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

To register for one of these sessions, please visit the Hyflex website.

Flipped Instruction in the Online Asynchronous and Synchronous Environments

In a flipped classroom students acquire learning content on their own and maximize their time together by practicing, discussing, group work and more. Can you flip an online class? Yes! The essence of flipped instruction means shifting the focus from the instructor to the students. We can flip both asynchronous and synchronous components of online classes thus creating more interactive and engaging online learning experiences. 

These sessions will be facilitated by Nancy Uhl and Courtney Craig via Zoom meeting. 

Date: June 17th 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm