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Fall 2023 Faculty Professional Development Opportunities

Application deadlines for programs below: Sunday, November 5.

Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Champions

The AL$ (Affordable Learning Solutions) Champions program is an opportunity for experienced faculty with a sustained history of ZCCM courses. We will be selecting one AL$ Faculty Champion from each of our eight schools and colleges to serve as an advocate for AL$ and ZCCM courses in their respective colleges. The AL$ champion will earn $500 in professional development funds. We will begin in late October and continue throughout the 2023-24 academic year. 

View AL$ Champions application and qualifications

DISCOVERe Champions

The DISCOVERe Champions program is an opportunity for experienced faculty who have completed DISCOVERe training and have continued teaching DISCOVERe-tagged courses to serve as a mentor and advocate for their respective colleges (and the university at-large) in the area of teaching with technology in the classroom and the DISCOVERe program. 

View DISCOVERe Champion program details and qualifcations

Zero-Cost Course Materials (ZCCM) Program

Applications for new ZCCM courses for Open Educational Resources (OER) are being accepted until Friday, October 13, 2023. Professional Development Funds are available in support of AB 798 and in support of increasing student access to high-quality OER and reducing the cost of instructional materials for students. Participation means faculty will commit to zero-cost course materials (ZCCM) for Fall 2024.

View ZCCM full application and requirements

Additional Opportunities through the CSU System

CSU Online Course Services - Quality Learning & Teaching (QLT)

Registration for fall sessions is now open

  • Fall Session 2: October 30 - November 19

All CSU-OCS courses are taught by Certified CSU Facilitators, 3-weeks in length, online, asynchronous, and require 15-20 hours. While you are able to move ahead in the course, you must follow the due dates as peer-to-peer collaboration is integral to each course.

Introduction to Teaching Online (Q1)

For faculty new to teaching online using the CSU QLT rubric. Content includes orienting students to the online course, setting up the structure and navigation, designing online modules for content delivery and engagement, developing discussions, developing assessment tools, and using technology tools.

Reviewing Courses Using the QLT Rubric (Q2)

Ideal if you have prior knowledge and familiarity with QLT and plan to review courses seeking QLT certification. Participants will engage in hands-on experiences using the QLT objectives to rate elements of a sample course, learn how to write helpful recommendations, and discuss examples for setting up a peer-review process on their campus. 

Advanced QLT Course in Teaching Online (Q3)

Participants will complete a QLT Core-24 self review on their own course for reflection and to identify areas of improvement and will produce a final project showcasing three course changes made in the course while completing the training. Faculty will need to have a partially or fully developed online/hybrid course is required prior to registration.

Apply for a QLT course


Humanizing Online STEM Academy

The Humanizing Online STEM Academy is a research-based online professional development program developed with a grant from the California Education Learning Lab. Working in an asynchronous online environment with a supportive community of peers and “warm demander” facilitators, participants complete six 1-week modules. Their professional learning is guided with high-touch facilitator interactions (group announcements and reminders, as well as individual check-ins, nudges, and feedback). In the modules, they learn about social psychological factors (stereotype threat, belongingness uncertainty, imposterism) that interfere with a person’s ability to perform to their full potential, and how validation, trust, and care mitigate these threats and cultivate an anti-racist learning environment. Throughout the Academy, participants use humanizing tools (Adobe Creative Cloud Express, Screencast-O-Matic, Flipgrid, Google Sites, and Canva) to develop eight humanized online teaching elements in one of their existing online courses. The final project is a humanized showcase that includes reflections and videos of the eight elements.

  • Final cohort dates: February 12 – March 24, 2024

Apply for Humanizing Online STEM