Professional Development

Professional Development

The Provost’s Office has brought together resources from around the university to support the necessary ongoing professional development of faculty to help with the development of online course curriculum. The following workshops and resources have been created to help faculty better prepare to teach online. Educators will learn online pedagogical principles and develop proficiency with a variety of technologies.


#Iteachmsu Commons

To further organize all professional development opportunities across campus that relate to learning online pedagogical principles and developing proficiency with a variety of MSU technologies, please reference this playlist on #Iteachmsu Commons. Check back frequently as new opportunities will develop throughout the semester.


SOIREE (Spartan Online Instructional Readiness for Educational Excellence) Workshop

To help support faculty members continuing professional development, we are offering programs that were very popular this summer. The SOIREE workshop will be offered March 1-5 and includes synchronous and asynchronous work. There are one-hour synchronous Zoom sessions at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day. The hope is that participants will join all eight synchronous Zoom sessions and complete asynchronous work outside of the Zoom sessions. To sign-up for SOIREE, please complete the following form. We are limiting this workshop to a total of 200 people on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is two weeks prior to its start date, on November 16.


ASPIRE (ASynchronous Program for Instructional REadiness) Workshop:

ASPIRE is entirely self-paced and will guide you through the processes and issues you'll need to address in order to develop an online version of your course. Since there is no one way to develop an online course or teach online, our goal for you is to help you make informed choices based on your own particular needs and contexts.

If you have questions related to ASPIRE, please direct them to Ashley Braman ( or Breana Yaklin ( for additional support.


Assessment Design

The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology is supporting two assessment workshops in March: Assessment Options Beyond the Exam and Exam Design.

  1. Assessment Options Beyond the Exam, led by Dr. Andrea Bierema: This workshop is for any MSU educator who is looking for resources and help with formative assessments and alternatives to exams such as projects, infographics, and debates. Examples include ideas for classes with 100 or more students. This workshop will run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on March 10 via zoom.
  2. Exam Design, led by Dr. Casey Henley: This workshop is for any MSU educator who is looking for resources and help with academic integrity on summative quizzes and exams. We will focus on writing multiple-choice and short-answer questions, creating a climate of integrity in the course, the pros and cons of video proctoring, and creating exams specifically in D2L. This workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on 3/9 via zoom.

To register for either or both workshops, please access the link here.

We have resources to help you think about course and assessment design. The Remote Assessment Quick Guide and Exam Strategy for Remote Teaching can be accessed at your convenience.


Meaningful Feedback

MSU educators are invited to participate in a workshop about giving meaningful feedback to students. This workshop is open to veterans of the Fall 2020 three-part series and new attendees who are interested in learning about strategies and tools for meaningful feedback.

The workshop aims to provide educators with an interdisciplinary space and community to consider ways of providing effective and meaningful feedback to students. The professional development provided will offer peer-to-peer interaction with information and discussion that considers feedback strategies and tools across disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about strategies and tools for providing feedback to students, exchange ideas about feedback, and practice and implement ideas about feedback for course design, pedagogy, and practice.

By participating in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics of meaningful feedback and its importance for student learning
  • Reflect on ways we already use feedback in our classrooms
  • Consider opportunities and challenges for feedback in our classrooms
  • Generate ideas with colleagues on how to implement feedback in the classroom (both small and large classrooms)
  • Develop and revise ideas for implementing feedback in the classroom, based on workshop discussions and peer feedback
  • Create short- and long-term goals for implementing ideas into the classroom
  • Connect with educators across campus to build community and conversation

The Meaningful Feedback Workshop will take place on Friday, February 26, 2021 from noon-2 p.m. EST.

Register today.


Online Engagement and Community Building

The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology is supporting a new Online Engagement & Community Building workshop on March 12 from 12:00-1:30 PM. This workshop will be led by Dr. Ellie Louson (Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology and Lyman Briggs College) and Dr. Melissa Usiak (College of Education). During the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about engaging your students in the online environment and creating a community online. Facilitators will answer questions and share resources, and you’ll also talk with peers and share what works or doesn’t work for you. You’ll walk away with at least one strategy to try in your course. For anyone who previously completed SOIREE, this workshop will go more in depth and build on the strategies covered in SOIREE.

Register today


Incorporating Technologies: Online Technology Running Start

This #iteach playlist offers a collection of quick start guides to get you going quickly with online and distance teaching, as well as how to get help when you need it.


Introduction to Accessibility

This page gives a brief overview of accessibility basics, including what accessibility is, why it’s important, and where to find help.


MSU Tools and Technologies Course

This D2L course offers overviews of MSU core technology tools, defined as those that introduce no additional costs to faculty or students. This course will be frequently updated, and offers documentation, information, and avenues for getting help.