Distance Learning

Faculty DL Professional Development Opportunities

When it comes to creating quality online courses, we know that everyone is different when it comes to how they want to learn about doing it. Below are some great Professional Development (PD) options that are available to fit your own personal style and schedule.

Additionally, youʻre encouraged to complete the UH Hilo Quality Online Course Certification Process. In addition to assuring high quality online courses and programs, faculty completing the certification process have found it to be a rewarding, informative, and educational experience. The certificate can also be included in the contract renewal, promotion, and/or tenure dossier.

On-going Events - some of these opportunities can result in a Certificate of Completion (CC) Dates
UH Hilo Quality Online Course Certification Process, The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo's goal is to assure the high quality and integrity of all online courses and to meet accreditation standards for our online programs. This is being accomplished through the Quality Online Course Process. On-going
Preparing to Teach Online at UH Module, a self-paced online module (CC) On-going
Digital Accessiblity Professional Development Program, a new professional development program focused on Digital Accessibility for creating accessible digital documents for online course sites. On-going
Innovative Educators On-demand Webinars, live and on-demand webinars on critical higher ed issues On-going
Attend the UH Hilo Distance Learning Academy, a series of online on-demand self-guided self-paced training videos and guides. On-going
Scheduled Events - some of these opportunities can result in a Certificate of Completion (CC) Dates
UH Online Innovation Center Upcoming Events, check out the fantastic new lineup of the many professional development opportunities hosted by instructional designers across the UH system. Check for dates
UH Hilo Faculty DL Talk Story Community](#TALK), join the Distance Learning (DL) Team and your fellow UH Hilo faculty to share your experiences, ideas, and strategies, or come to ask questions! Thursdays During Fall 2021 Semester

UH Hilo Faculty DL Talk Story Community

The UH Hilo Distance Learning Team logo Come and connect, communicate, and collaborate with us and other UH Hilo Faculty to share questions, ideas, and strategies about online and hybrid/hy-flex teaching and learning!

Weʻll be gathering every Thursday during the Fall 2021 semester (excluding holidays) from 4:00 until 4:30.

Join us in our UH Hilo DL Support Room via Zoom (http://go.hawaii.edu/GNA). We look forward to seeing you there!

New Professional Development Program: Fundamentals of Digital Accessibility!

Kapiʻolani Community College has announced the launch of a new professional development program focused on Digital Accessibility! Learn about fundamental accessibility concepts, digital accessibility principles, designs, best practices, tools for evaluating accessibility, and pertinent resources for creating accessible digital documents and online course sites. Accessibility is a highly important topic that can be somewhat technical and a bit overwhelming – the aim is to demystify basic accessibility concepts and make digital accessibility approachable and relevant to the work you do. For more information, view the "About the Fundamentals of Digital Accessibility Training Overview" video.

Open to all UH employees, the program is a 7-module, self-paced asynchronous learning resource in Laulima with the option to complete a competency assessment to earn a digital credential. So feel free to hop in and complete the training on your own schedule. Register to be added to the training site!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to facilitators Youxin Zhang and Jamie Sickel youxin@hawaii.edu, jsickel@hawaii.edu.

Innovative Educators Live and On-demand Webinars

Innovative Educators logo The Innovative Educators Go2Knowledge online training service provides on-going professional development to all faculty and staff.

You will need to create a profile/account that is unique to you. Once you are logged in you will be able to view and register for upcoming live webinars and order on-demand webinars.

To register, visit the Innovative Educators Go2Knowledge website.

UH Online Innovation Center (UHOIC) and UH System Professional Development Events

There are many relevant professional development opportunities hosted by instructional designers across the UH system.

For more information and to register, visit the UHOIC Upcoming Events webpage.

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UH Hilo Quality Online Course Certification Process

Step 1 - Complete the Preparing to Teach Online at UH Module

(Note: If you completed and received a certificate for the TOPP or TOPP To Go! program you can proceed to step 2.)

This introductory, self-paced module was designed by the UH Online Innovation Center (UHOIC) to assist faculty and staff in reviewing a wide range of topics and concepts related to online learning presented in an interactive and engaging online learning environment. Topics such as engaging tools, best practices, distance learning regulations, and policies are covered in this module.

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Estimated time: This self-paced module is estimated to take 5-10 hours to complete. If participants choose to focus more on certain content areas or assignments, it may take longer.

For more information and to register, visit the Preparing to Teach Online at UH Module webpage.

In order to register for the Preparing to Teach Online at UH Module, please click the link below and be sure to be logged in to your official UH email account to access the form.

Prepare to Teach Online at UH Module Registration Form

Step 2 - Complete a Course Self-Review

Using the Quality Online Course Review Rubric (download this form fillable Word (.docx) file), complete a self-review of your course:

  • If your course meets the standards within the rubric, contact the Distance Learning Team at uhhilodl@hawaii.edu to request a meeting for a final quality online course review and certification.

  • If your course does not meet the standards within the self-review, you can:

    • complete the “Preparing to Teach Online at UH” module, and/or
    • complete individual workshops through the UH Hilo Academy, and/or
    • meet with a member of the UH Hilo Distance Learning team for one-on-one guidance.

Step 3 - Complete a Course Formal Review for Certification

  • When your course meets the standards within the rubric, contact the Distance Learning Team at uhhilodl@hawaii.edu to request a meeting for a final quality online course review and certification.


UH Hilo Distance Learning Academy

Online, On-demand, Self-paced, Self-guided Training Series

This training series is organized so that you can complete your development in stages at your own pace. To help you keep track of your progress, complete the Registration form. Once you have completed this form, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submitted responses. As you complete each training topic you can return to this form and check it off the list.

Register Now!

Level 1 - The Foundation

For one-on-one guidance, contact the Distance Learning Team at uhhilodl@hawaii.edu!

Level 2 - Preparing Your Content

For one-on-one guidance, contact the Distance Learning Team at uhhilodl@hawaii.edu!

Level 3 - Creating an Active Learning Environment

For one-on-one guidance, contact the Distance Learning Team at uhhilodl@hawaii.edu!

Level 4 - Accepting, Assessing, and Grading Student Work

For one-on-one guidance, contact the Distance Learning Team at uhhilodl@hawaii.edu!