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Professional Development

ATS Professional Development Opportunities

Academic Technology Solutions designs tailored workshops for individuals or departments on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to):

  • course design
  • improving classroom dynamics using technology
  • motivating students using technology
  • teaching with technology
  • leveraging BlackBoard to effectively use cooperative learning activities
  • assessing student learning
  • grading
  • interpreting student evaluations
  • documentation of teaching effectiveness

The ATS Innovative Learning Team offers the following services for individuals and groups:

  • consultations with departments or other administrative units regarding best pedagogical practice utilizing technology
  • consultations with individual instructors, based on
    • observations of instructors in the classroom
    • video recordings of instructors teaching
    • feedback from students via focus groups

In addition to individualized professional development workshops or seminars, the ATS team offers scheduled events for all faculty and staff.  Listed below are the opportunities offered for the fall semester.  The “Strategy Showcase” sessions occur every Monday and Wednesday from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in AUD 362.  These sessions do not require pre-registration.

Workshops are scheduled to occur in person at AUD 362 and virtually in Schaumburg.  Workshops require registration. 


Online Teaching Institute (OTI)

This professional development program will prepare you for online teaching. OTI offers three levels of fully online courses that provides faculty an “online student experience” while exploring a rich variety of critical topics necessary for mastery in the online classroom. View/Download these instructions to self-enroll in the appropriate course.


Level 1 - Introduction to Online Teaching - The course is appropriate for those who are new to online teaching. The course will cover: 1) Engaging the Learner; 2) Setting Expectations and 3) Evaluating Student Performance


Level 2 - Advanced Online Teaching - This level is created for those who have completed the introductory module or who have placed into this module after taking the assessment. The course is designed for faculty with some experience in online teaching and who are seeking to advance their online teaching skill. Upon completion of this course, faculty will be able to: 1) Demonstrate deeper understanding of course design in an online environment; 2) Understand and apply technology tools to engage students in learning; 3) Establish a positive learning community in an online course and 4) Understand and apply practices of assessment for learning and assessment of learning.


Level 3 - Mastering Online Teaching - This level is created for those who have placed into this section via the Online Teaching Institute pre-course assessment. The course is also appropriate for those who are experienced in online teaching and have taught courses designed by others and converted classroom-based courses to an online format. The course will cover: 1) Planning your Course; 2) Implementing your Course and 3) Teaching your Course