Faculty, course developers and course redevelopers must meet minimum training requirements before beginning work on collaboratively-developed courses. Training sessions provide an overview of guidelines and best practices in online teaching, plus tools available in the learning management system. Courses and professional development sessions are offered in online and traditional classroom settings.
Training is now available for new instructors as well as anyone who would like a refresher on the new tools, resources and procedures for collaboratively-developed courses. The course is a self-guided online workshop, but is packed with new content and resources for instructors.
To take instructor training one must be nominated by their distance education director. The online registration form triggers enrollment in the appropriate self-guided tutorial for new instructors including those who have taught in the past. The training covers the use of our Learning Management System (LMS), best practices in online instruction and all relevant TBR policies and procedures.
Course Developer Training (CDT)
All developers, newly appointed developers and redevelopers must attend a one-day training session that is held in Nashville each month. Access to the course shell will not be given until the training is completed.
Course developers or redevelopers must take refresher training if course development has not begun in six months from the date of approval. Your Campus Distance Education Coordinator will nominate you for this training.
The Course Developer Training (CDT) series has added an accessibility training component as well as redeveloped face-to-face and pre-training components.
Faculty enrolled in the CDT series first complete an online pre-training course in the eLearn system which is designed to prepare them for the face-to-face session. The pre-training goes into the details of the course development process and gives critical background information that faculty find invaluable as they progress through training and subsequent course development.
ADA accessibility training is required for all course developers. Faculty developers will be expected to complete a one-day, face-to-face accessibility training within one month of their CDT session. Accessibility training is currently being delivered in your region and may negate the need for overnight travel.
Accessibility training is available to all TBR faculty and staff. Contact Accessibility Specialist, Philip Voorhees, for more information.
Several types of on-demand training are available via HelpSpot in an online format. Training links can be found in the left navigation bar by role.
Maestro is the new database system that replaced the Student Information System (SIS). The system maintains data about students, enrollments, faculty assignments, etc. Training is designed for each user role and its associated functionality. This training can be found on HelpSpot.
Brightspace D2L Learning Management System (LMS) Training
Visit HelpSpot for training on the current version of Brightspace.
HelpSpot Knowledge Books contain training pertinent to online learners. Student FAQs and Turnitin tutorials are currently available.
Need Training Assistance?
For assistance with any of these training programs or curricula, contact Tess Beebe Olten.
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