Opportunities for Professional Development in Online Education

MarylandOnline (MOL) provides opportunities for professional development in online education in Maryland via webinars and face-to-face events. If you would like to be on the contact list for future events, please email us at info@marylandonline.org.

To download the following list of fall webinars, click on Fall 2022 Webinars.

To view our list of upcoming spring and summer webinars, click on Spring and Summer Webinars 2021.

To view past webinars, go to the MarylandOnline YouTube Channel.

Beneath the list of MOL Fall webinars, you will find links to other professional resources relevant to online educators.

Fall 2022 MarylandOnline Webinars


How To: Process of Collaborative Course Design

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
2:00 - 3:00PM

Harford Community College (HCC) uses collaborative course design (CCD) for all online physical education (PE) courses. CCD course development emphasizes faculty inclusivity, maximizes time spent in instructional delivery, and provides a systematic approach to continuous course improvements. We will describe our three-stage process that easily transfers across all academic disciplines.

Debbie Dorsey (Assistant Professor, Health, Harford Community College)
Cindy Kelley (Assistant Professor, Health, Harford Community College)

Moderator: Brianna McGinnis (Chair – Mathematics & Engineering Division, Carroll Community College)

This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording at MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel


DEIB: Inclusive Online Teaching | How to Identify and Prevent Bias in Online Learning Environments

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
2:00 - 3:00PM

In this hands-on workshop, faculty will discover and share strategies to assure that online course content promotes an inclusive learning environment. We will identify strategies for managing bias in the online environment and discuss the way that bias can impact online students’ motivation and persistence.

Megan Myers (Director of eLearning, Howard Community College)
Maureen Martin (Instructional Designer, Howard Community College)
Moderator: Brianna McGinnis (Chair – Mathematics & Engineering Division, Carroll Community College)

This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording at MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel

Academic Interest: MarylandOnline Leadership Institute (MOLLI) - Debunking the Myths of Professionalism Today

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
10:00 - 11:15AM

Historically, higher education embraced an idea of “professionalism” that included standards of professional behaviors, dialect, communication, and even how we dress for work. Many of these aspects are rooted in notions of the dominant culture and excluded, either implicitly or explicitly, other approaches to being a professional and a leader.

Recently, seismic changes in every realm, including education, health, culture, and social and political spheres, have upended the standby definition of professionalism as our working lives moved online. For some leaders in higher education, the belief that professionalism is in alignment with the mission of higher education has been undermined and threatened. Unless we address the changing nature of the expectations of the higher ed professional, we’re likely to remain trapped in a construct of today’s leader that is out of step with reality.

This webinar will explore these changes through a range of topics, and it will look at how professionalism aligns with calls for higher education to be centered around student success and equity. The panelists will share their perspectives as leaders required to be on the front lines of redefining and reestablishing what professionalism means in today’s higher education landscape.

Topics to Explore:

• The state of “professionalism” in higher ed
• Professionalism in the online environment
• Strategies for communicating effectively and authentically and for building positive relationships
• The relationship between DEIB challenges and workplace professionalism
• Managing leadership expectations

Megan R. Myers (Associate Vice President for Faculty Development and Learning Innovation, Howard Community College)
Clayton Steen (Executive Director for World Campus Enrollment Management Services, Penn State)
Emily Tipton (Research & Assessment Analyst, Chesapeake College)

Moderator and Facilitator: Lawrence C. Ragan (Ragan Education Consulting)
Chat Moderator: Richard Smith (Instructional Designer, Harford Community College)

This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording at: MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel


How To: User Experience (UX) in Instructional Design: Using UX Design Principles to Improve Student Experiences

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
10:00 to 11:00AM

Despite our best efforts, do we understand how our student users actually experience the courses we create? In this interactive presentation, we will define User Experience (UX) in instructional design; and utilize personas and user journeys to identify pain points and create solutions to improve our users’ experience.
Patrick Dempsey (Director of the Office of Digital Teaching & Learning Loyola University Maryland)
Moderator: Catherine Wilkerson (Instructional Technologist)

This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording at MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel

National Distance Learning Week Webinar Series, November 7-11, 2022

Click here to download the NDLW Webinar Series List

Integrating DEI in Your Online Course

Monday, November 7, 2022
11:00 AM

Diversity, equity, and inclusion can organically be the backbone of asynchronous and synchronous instruction, but how can we be purposeful about the daily integration of DEI in online instructional environments? Join a professor and instructional designer from Anne Arundel Community College as they share their DEI journey in this innovative session. Learn simple ways to purposefully infuse DEI into your asynchronous and synchronous courses through music, videos, exchanges with community members, and innovative projects that encourage students to think deeply about how they perceive their worlds.

Jennifer Bopp, MA, ACC Manager, Instructional Design/Coach
Information and Instructional Technology Division, Anne Arundel Community College
Jodie Hogan, Associate Professor, Spanish Department of World Languages, Anne Arundel Community College

To REGISTER: Click on: Integrating DEI in Your Online Course

Building Engagement with Video

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
11:00 AM

In this hour-long webinar, we will discuss the research surrounding the benefits of including video instruction and the digital tools available to increase student collaboration, participation, and engagement with the course content.

Learning objectives:
• Explore a brief overview of research and pedagogical applications of video.
• Identify the technical and practical aspects of engaging students through instructor and student-generated videos.
• Explore the different types of interactive video content for increased student engagement.
• Identify and discuss the best practices for creating engaging video instruction.

Dr. Dana Gullo, Project Manager, Instructional Design
Catalyst - The Center for Teaching and Learning, Cecil College

To REGISTER: Click on: Building Engagement with Video

Culturally Responsive Teaching Using Choice Boards

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
2:00 PM

Choice Boards are common in differentiated classrooms serving diverse learners at the K-12 level; however, they can be a powerful tool in college courses serving students with diverse backgrounds, skill levels, interests, and learning preferences. When combined with Culturally Responsive Teaching practices, choice boards can engage students in the content and empower them to make thoughtful choices for how they process the material and demonstrate their learning. This workshop will showcase examples of choice boards created by faculty, address the role of data to develop choice boards that align with course outcomes, and present tips to ensure choice board tasks are equitable.

Dr. Angela Lanier, Instructional Designer, Montgomery College

To REGISTER: Click on: Culturally Responsive Teaching Using Choice Boards

Boosting Engagement Through Virtual Spaces

Friday, November 11, 2022
11:00 AM

Physical course work, like artworks and projects, displayed during face-to-face courses is a common assessment strategy that allows learners to engage with each other and showcase their work. Join us to discuss how the creation of a virtual space using software tools that may already be at your disposal, can allow online students a similar experience. Presenters, Shayna Jansen-Byers and Leia Thompson Wood share what goals this process was meant to meet, the software tools used to create the experience, how this engagement was presented to students and how they participated, and insights that students shared about their experience creating and engaging in a virtual space.

Shayna Jansen-Byers, Art Adjunct Instructor, Hagerstown Community College
Leia Thompson Wood, Instructional Designer, Hagerstown Community College

To REGISTER: Click on: Boosting Engagement Through Virtual Spaces

How To: OER and Accessibility

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
10:00 to 11:00AM

A presentation about the accessibility of Open Educational Resources (OER) – including basic information for staff and faculty to create accessible and open educational resources.

Zachary Friedman (Manager, Digital Learning Experience, UMGC)
Laureece Hymes (Manager, Digital Learning Resources, UMGC)

Moderator: Catherine Wilkerson (Instructional Technologist)

To REGISTER: Click on: OER and Accessibility


Special Focus: Strategies for Individual and Institutional Resilience in Higher Education

Thursday, December 1, 2022
2:00PM to 3:00PM

A pandemic, economic uncertainty, social concerns, shifting expectations from students and the public, and changing workplace trends. These forces raise new challenges and exacerbate long-standing challenges for higher ed. As a result, faculty, staff, and students find themselves working and studying in environments prone to uncertainty, stress, anxiety, and burnout. Cultivating resilience can help individuals and institutions both weather and thrive in such conditions. This webinar will present strategies to build individual and institutional resilience using common higher ed scenarios.

Christina Sax (Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Maryland University of Integrative Health)
Moderator: Isabel DeFeo (Associate Professor, Carroll Community College)

To REGISTER: Click on: Strategies for Individual and Institutional Resilience in Higher EducationOER and Accessibility

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COOL TOOLS: Hypothes.is: Anchor Tool for Student-Centered Learning

Thursday, September 16, 2021
11:00AM to 12:00PM

Promote active and collaborative learning in the online classroom with the hypothesis. It is a tool that allows students to engage with texts individually and in groups Hypothes. is can help leverage access to open educational resources for simple classroom management of reading assignments.
Stephen (Chip) Gladson (Montgomery College, Professor, English, College Coordinator, Writing in the Disciplines)
Moderator: Mike Mills (Montgomery College, Vice President, E-Learning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel.

COOL TOOLS: Captioning Video

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
1:00PM to 2:00PM

Discussions about captioning often center around providing an alternative source of access to educational content for learners who are deaf or hard of hearing. However, captions are also a critical component of multimedia and video content that assist all learners.
Steven Crawford (Maricopa Community Colleges District Director, Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation)
Moderator: Karen Rege (Harford Community College, Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel.


ACADEMIC INTEREST: Developing Measurable Outcomes for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (D.E.I.B.) in Higher Education

Thursday, October 7, 2021
10:00AM to 11:00AM

D.E.I.B. efforts are often touted as heart-led work that relies on everyone to" do the work" together. However, these efforts rely too heavily on the psychology of others rather than clear, measurable activities at an organizational level. The key to sustainable and impactful D.E.I.B. strategies is to incorporate organization-level Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and attach them to the performance of key senior leaders within the organization. In this session, we will discuss:
1. The importance of buy-in from senior leadership
2. Developing realistic organization-level KPI's
3. Implementing key activities to impact change
Crystal Lynese-Walker (Black Equity at Work, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Associate Director)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline's YouTube Channel.

ACADEMIC INTEREST: Decolonizing the Curriculum

Thursday, October 21, 2021
10:00AM to 11:00AM

Montgomery College is one of three Maryland institutions awarded a 2021 Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) institutional grant. The award supports significant advances in O.E.R. adoption, scaling, and sustainability in support of student success throughout the College. The project includes a fall and spring faculty/student academy consisting of 20 faculty and ten students from across various college disciplines to support the design, development, and refinement of (11) O.E.R.s aligned to the principles of Decolonizing the Curriculum. Join us to learn more about Montgomery College's work and how a participatory action-research model is being used to foster change across the college community.
Dr. Paul D. Miller (Montgomery College, Professional Development Director)
Dr. Angela Lanier (Montgomery College, Instructional Designer)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording at MarylandOnline's YouTube Channel

HOW TO: Using the M.O.S.T. Commons to Support O.E.R. Adoption

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
11:00AM to 12:00PM

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Commons is a resource for locating and collaborating around openly licensed educational resources to support learning in Maryland. Since the site was launched in 2019, many new resources and functions have been added to support the discovery and adoption of high-quality O.E.R.s. During this webinar, we will showcase these new resources and functions, discuss how the Commons is supporting institutions and faculty in finding and adopting high-quality digital materials, and show the ways the site can support your own institution's efforts to provide and share quality open-licensed resources. There will be plenty of time to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Colleen McKnight (Frederick Community College, Director of Library Services)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline's YouTube Channel.


ACADEMIC INTEREST: Faculty Training in Time of Crisis

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
10:00AM to 11:00AM

Winston Churchill once said, “Never waste a good crisis.”  The session will present how a team of instructional designers and faculty mentors prepared 835 Montgomery College faculty for remote teaching between March and December 2020 and how the training is still being used to ensure that all MC faculty are well-prepared for the next disruption.
Michele Knight (E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence, Montgomery College, Instructional Designer)
Tom Cantu (E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence, Montgomery College, Instructional Designer)
Moderator: Rob Coyle (University of Maryland Global Campus, Assistant Vice President, Course Development)
TO REGISTER: Click on Faculty Training in Time of Crisis FA21

HOW TO: Gamified Course Design

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
10:00AM to 11:00 AM

The objective of gamified course design is to motivate students to perform actions that lead to success in an asynchronous learning environment.  For the last six years, all of Debbie Dorsey’s online Health and Exercise Science courses have incorporated gamified elements such as scaffolding, currency, freedom to fail, loss aversion, and social status.  Debbie will provide a virtual tour of her course design and share lessons learned on what does and does not promote positive learning behaviors.
Debbie Dorsey (Harford Community College, Assistant Professor of Health)
Moderator: Melissa Harris (Harford Community College, Coordinator for eLearning)
TO REGISTER: Click on Gamified Course Design FA21

Additional Resources for Online Professionals