UH Hilo Distance Learning

DL Faculty 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, you’re 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.

Also, view the Faculty Achievements in Distance Learning webpage, which highlights and celebrates our UH Hilo DL faculty who have worked hard towards creating and delivering quality online courses.

On-going Events - some of these opportunities can result in a Certificate of Completion (CC) or Badge (B) 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 (CC). On-going
Preparing to Teach Online at UH Module, a self-paced online module (CC). On-going
Digital Accessiblity Professional Development Program, a professional development program focused on Digital Accessibility for creating accessible digital documents for online course sites (CC) (B). On-going
Artificial Intelligence Explorer Badge, a professional development opportunity to explore AI tools and integrate them into online teaching and learning (B). On-going
Educause, advance higher education through knowledge, resources, and community-building opportunities. On-going
VoiceThread Workshops, instructor-led and on-demand webinars on a wide variety of topics. On-going
Zoom Learning Center, on-demand courses, live training, and short videos. On-going
Zotero Basics Digital Badge, receive recognition for your core Zotero skills (B). 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
Innovation Playground: Extended Reality (XR), come play and explore extended reality during this session. April 26
UH Online Innovation Center Events (Upcoming and Archived), check out the upcoming events, as well as archives with recording and resource links, of the many professional development opportunities hosted by instructional designers across the UH system. Check for dates

Innovation Playground: Extended Reality (XR)

Innovation Playground - ʻimi Aku, ʻimi Mai: research, explore, investigate. Come play and explore during this session on Friday, 04/26, from 10:00 to 11:00. Please register with your Google@UH email address below to access the Zoom webinar credentials. Resources will be made publicly available on this event page after the session.

Note that the session will not be recorded as the majority of the session time will be dedicated to individual exploration. Visit the Innovation Playground webpage webpage for more information on what to expect during the session and to learn about upcoming sessions.

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Professional Development Program: Fundamentals of Digital Accessibility!

Fundamentals of Digital Accessibility Training screenshot. 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 (youxin@hawaii.edu) and Jamie Sickel, (jsickel@hawaii.edu).

AI Explorer Badge

Sample AI explorer badge. The new AI Explorer Badge is designed for UH faculty and staff who are interested in exploring AI tools and integrating them into online teaching and learning. Earn the badge by attending training; incorporating AI into your work to improve teaching, learning, or productivity; and share your experiences with the UH community.

For more information about the badge, visit the AI Explorer Badge website.

Educause

Educause logo. EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through knowledge, resources, and community-building opportunities. To create a profile (if you do not currently have one already set-up) follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the Educause website and click the Login button.

Educause login button is located in the top-right hand of the screen.

  1. Search for "University of Hawaii" and select "University of Hawaii." You will be prompted to authenticate with your UH username.

Educause login information screen indicating the search text field.

  1. From the “Organization” drop-down list, select “University of Hawaii Systems Office.”

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 (or view archived webinars with recording and resource links), visit the UHOIC Upcoming Events webpage.

The UH Online Innovation Center logo contains a lightbulb representing ideas and creativity.

VoiceThread Live and On-Demand Workshops

VoiceThread logo. VoiceThread provides instructor-led training covering the basics of using VoiceThread to more advanced topics such as universal design for learning. There is also a large categorized library of on-demand webinar recordings covering a wide-range of topics in specific interests such as Art, Language Arts/Literature, Nursing, Online Courses, and more.

Register for a session

Zoom Learning Center

Zoom logo. Zoom provides on-demand courses, live training, and short videos designed to give you just what you need when you need it.

Register for a session

Zotero Basics Digital Badge

Zotero logo. Zotero is a reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials. Thereʻs now a new professional development opportunity available for faculty, staff, and students. The badgeʻs description is as follows:

"This badge recognizes individuals who successfully demonstrated core Zotero skills, such as adding, organizing, and working with references both within Zotero and in conjunction with word processing software."

Here is a link to the Zotero Basics Badge webpage that provides some details, including a link to more information about the badge as well as access to Zotero tutorials.

For more information, or if you have questions, please email zotero@hawaii.edu.

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.

The UH Online Innovation Center logo contains a lightbulb representing ideas and creativity.

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:

The University of Hawaiʻi Online/Hybrid Course Review Form

  • 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.

The UH Hilo Distance Learning Team Logo


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.

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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!

Updated 02/01/24