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Online Development Opportunities

The Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors workshops and other events to provide Boise State instructors with opportunities to reinforce best-practices in teaching, learn from colleagues, and reflect upon the choices we make as teachers. Online workshops allow the Center for Teaching and Learning to meet the diverse needs of faculty.

“I really found this short but very focused instruction useful–something I could learn from but complete in a short amount of time. The feedback was very useful.”


Identifying and Preventing Plagiarism (Self-Directed, Facilitated Version)

  • Available from 09/18/2017 through 11/27/2017. Register before 11/13/2017.
  • Facilitated by Kevin Wilson, IDEA Shop, and Teresa Focarile, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Register for Identifying and Preventing Plagiarism (Self-Directed Version)
  • This online workshop identifies some of the reasons why students plagiarize or otherwise engage in academic dishonesty, provides examples of technologies that either enable plagiarism or help to prevent it, illustrates strategies and techniques for identifying plagiarism, and provides strategies for creating “plagiarism-proof” assignments and assessments. In addition, the workshop offers an overview of Boise State policies and procedures associated with academic integrity. This is a self-directed, facilitated workshop, which means that you can proceed through it at your own pace with the assistance of facilitators from the IDEA Shop and the Center for Teaching and Learning. You may register for the workshop and begin at any time before November 13, 2017.

Building Better Online Discussions

NOTE: This workshop has concluded.


  • Conducted asynchronously online from 10/22/2017 through 10/29/2017. Register before 10/23/2017.
  • Facilitated by Kevin Wilson, IDEA Shop, and Teresa Focarile, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Register for Building Better Online Discussions.
  • One key to successful online discussions is getting the prompt right. In this workshop, participants will read a few short articles about designing effective online discussions, focusing on the idea that a good discussion begins with a good discussion prompt. Faculty will participate in two online discussions, one that addresses prior experiences with online discussions and one that provides a venue for critiquing sample discussion prompts. The goal of the second discussion is to collectively create a set of guidelines for creating effective discussion prompts. Finally, each participant will submit a discussion prompt for one of his or her courses, to be reviewed by the workshop facilitators.

Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Courses

  • Conducted asynchronously during a 6-week window (October 2 through November 13)
  • Facilitated by Erik Hadley, History and Bob Casper, IDEA Shop
  • Register for Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Courses.
  • Available to participants during a 6-week period, this facilitated, self-paced online workshop is an introduction to building online courses that are usable and accessible for all users, regardless of their differing capabilities. In addition to familiarizing participants with the fundamental issues and ideas of universal design and accessibility, the workshop is intended to inspire further exploration of and advocacy for designing materials that benefit all students and help them achieve their educational goals. Although the focus of the workshop is on online learning, much of the material is applicable to face-to-face teaching and to any learning environment that uses digital materials. Workshop content is organized into three modules:
    • Universal Design
    • Accessibility
    • Assistive Technology