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Empowering Online/Hybrid Teaching & Learning (EOTL)

We have reached our ten-year anniversary! From the fall of 2012, when the first cohort was offered, through the spring of 2022, ITDS has offered over 45 cohorts totaling over 1,147 faculty registrants, across colleges and departments. Approximately 80% of faculty participants surveyed rated their overall satisfaction with the program as excellent or good.


The EOTL program is a three-week online, asynchronous course intended to provide faculty with strategies and best practices for designing and teaching high-quality, learner-centered online and hybrid courses at Montclair State University. The cohort experience allows for a rich exchange of ideas and practices between faculty peers across the university. ITDS offers this course in a three-week format multiple times per year. Please register for one of our upcoming sessions:

Summer 2022 – August 1st – August 21st


Course Delivery

The EOTL program is conducted in Canvas and includes the following topics:

  • Week 1: Designing Learner-Centered Online/Hybrid Courses
  • Week 2: Online/Hybrid Community and Interaction
  • Week 3: Online/Hybrid Learning Assessments

The EOTL is facilitated by our Instructional Designers and will involve approximately 4 – 5 hours of commitment each week. There are no required synchronous meetings in this course, however, live meetings may be offered for those who would like to attend. Asynchronous assignments are expected to be completed within weekly due dates so that participants can experience the course as a cohort.

This program is conducted in Canvas. Completion of an Introduction to Canvas workshop (or equivalent training) is highly recommended prior to the start of the program. This fully online faculty development program will focus on pedagogical principles applicable to Canvas without providing explicit training on how to use Canvas.

Faculty shared the following comments on the program through the course evaluations:

“The course was very well-organized and followed its own guidelines, serving as a great model for designing one’s own course. The instructors were very helpful in guiding the course.”

“I really enjoyed being able to frame what online teaching is about. From techniques, to terminology, to perspectives it highly enriched my understanding of this delivery mode.”

“I love learning new things, and being a complete novice to online learning/teaching, the course gave me a great understanding of what a successful online course needs to look like.”

The course evaluation asked participants if this program should be mandatory for faculty who are teaching online for the first time. Approximately 85% faculty surveyed Strongly Agree and Agree. One faculty participant shared:

“Even if someone comes to MSU with experience, I believe every instructor should participate in this course before teaching an online class. In addition, students should participate in the online readiness assessment before registering for an online course.”