Join your teaching peers during these faculty development offerings from the Division of Online and Strategic Learning.

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Current Offerings

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When: Tuesday, February 7, 10–11:30 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Virtual via Zoom, with Canvas asynchronous resource  

Free and open to everyone at Ball State University. Hosted by the Division of Online and Strategic Learning and Bracken Library.

In a recent survey of Ball State students, 58% reported difficulty obtaining course materials, and 26% reported moderate to serious difficulty. In this workshop, you will learn how incorporating Open Educational Resources (OER) into your course can help save students money and gain resources from the Textbook Affordability at Ball State (TABS) initiative.

This 90-minute workshop will introduce tools and practices for incorporating OER into your course. The workshop begins with an educational system review of Open Education and the rise in popularity of Creative Commons. Then we will review how to identify instructional learning gaps, explore OER repositories, and evaluate existing OER for educational use. Library Services will also discuss copyright compliance best practices and how (and why) to incorporate Reading Lists into your Canvas course.

During this 90-minute workshop, we will:

  • Explore OER repositories
  • Evaluate existing OER to identify educational and course materials
  • Demonstrate best practices and tools for effective search and quality evaluation
  • Understand how to use OER effectively in Canvas
  • Demonstrate copyright compliance best practices
  • Use the Reading List tool in Canvas

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Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of utilizing a Canvas template? Not sure where to begin? If you’re craving a helpful, guided starting point but running on a tight schedule, join an instructional consultant in a micro-session focused on guiding you through our Canvas course template.

When: February 15, 2023, 12:30–1 p.m.

Where: virtual via Zoom

Designed with busy faculty in mind, this lightening workshop series will take no longer than thirty minutes per session and will focus on getting you the basics so you can hit the ground running to prepare for next semester.

Specifically, in the first workshop of the series, you will:

  • Identify key items in the template
  • Identify how to use the Learning Guide to best fit your teaching needs
  • Ask questions as they arise in real-time, answered by a consultant in our chat
  • Stay on the Zoom for continued, 1:1 support with a consultant Link to Register for the Event


When: Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, 2023

Where: Virtual via Zoom

Free and open to everyone. Hosted by the Division of Online and Strategic Learning, Office of Inclusive Excellence, and Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.


Connect with colleagues from Ball State and beyond, as we share current and emerging approaches for ensuring equitable, inclusive, and innovative learning experiences for students.

Our keynote speaker is Mays Imad, co-author of Norton Guide to Equity-Minded Teaching. Based on her research in the areas of stress, self-awareness, advocacy, classroom community, and the impact on student learning and success, Dr. Imad will address equity-minded teaching in her presentation.

Request Midterm Feedback Services

Midterm feedback from students is a valuable way to improve your teaching during a current semester. We are available to help you collect timely and valuable information from your students that can then be applied to the latter half of that semester. This service is offered in two formats—in-person and online.

Learn more and register online.


When: Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24, 2023, 8:30 a.m.–Noon

Where: Virtual via Zoom, with Canvas asynchronous resource

Free and open to everyone at Ball State University. Hosted by the Division of Online and Strategic Learning.

About the Summit

The Teaching and Technology Summit showcases innovative work in teaching and its intersections with technology. Connect with colleagues and share creative ways to use technology to enhance teaching and learning.

The engaging and informal sessions at the Summit range from quick hits (5 minutes) to deeper dives (20 minutes), meaning you can fit them into your schedule, whichever works best for you.

To encourage risk-taking, community-building, and question-asking, we will NOT be recording any Summit sessions. If you register, you will have access to all Summit materials in a Canvas resource, including presenter handouts and supplemental materials.

Enroll in the Course

Whether you’re new to accessibility or experienced at creating accessible learning experiences, this self-paced Canvas course will guide you through creating a course in the Canvas LMS that is accessible to all students.

This course includes written materials and short video presentations so that you can learn in your own way, at your own pace.

Core modules cover the basics of accessibility, including how it impacts your students, and the 8 steps to making a Canvas site accessible. Additional content covers topics such as cognitive accessibility, complex images, discipline-specific accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning.

You can also use this Canvas course as a reference resource when developing or revising a course. Handy tools such as a course index, further readings, and a PDF checklist will help you locate the information you need to make the biggest impact for your students.

Faculty who complete this self-paced course will be able to:

  • Identify core principles of accessibility
  • Design an accessible course using Canvas’s built-in tools
  • Use automated accessibility checkers in combination with manual checking to locate and fix accessibility issues in their course
  • Reflect on inclusive and accessible pedagogical interventions for their course

Enroll in the Course

If you’re tired of bland Canvas content, this self-paced course is for you. This self-paced course is a collection of Canvas design elements that you can incorporate into your Canvas content.

In this self-paced course, you’ll also learn how to implement these design elements. You can pick and choose which elements to use, whether that’s adding a single button to your Canvas site or creating entire beautiful pages!

Welcome to Beautiful Canvas Pages Made Easy


Whether you are new to Canvas or desire a refresher, this 5-module self-paced course will demonstrate and encourage practice with the foundational tools available for designing and delivering your courses. Upon completion of the module assignments, participants will receive access to the BSU Canvas Foundations Badge.

Each module should take approximately 1-2 hours to complete, and participants are welcome to peruse the course in whatever order fits their needs. If you are not interested in the badge at this time, you can always reference the course for just-in-time Canvas support.

Request a 1:1 Course Development Consultation

We offer 1:1 consultation to provide a thorough assessment of course(s) with the Quality Matters+ Ball State Rubric and provide constructive feedback on how to improve the overall design, accessibility, alignment, and ease of navigation from the student perspective.

Send us an email to schedule a 1:1 consultation with our faculty support team. A member from our team will walk you through the Self-Assessment Tool and process for quality course design.

Download a Canvas Template 

Not sure where to begin? Use a Canvas Template created by our team.

Technology Coaching and Teaching Consultation

Designed to address the unique needs of the individual instructor, consultations begin with a meeting to identify teaching issue/s, provide feedback, and work to find a solution. The consultation may also include class observations.

Contact us at to set up a consultation.

Request an Online Retreat

College or discipline-specific retreats and professional development days. Professionals from the Division of Online and Strategic Learning can facilitate an online retreat to help faculty address discipline-specific issues about student needs. This can be a one-day bootcamp in Canvas with select live-hour sessions.

Contact us at to set up a retreat or professional development day or to learn more about how we can help.

Faculty Testimonials

David Largent

Dave Largent, Associate Lecturer of Computer Science

"I’ve received lots of positive comments from learners the last couple of semesters. While I’d like to take full credit for them, I truly believe I would not have received the kudos were it not for things I’ve done after participating in a variety of DOSL’s professional development opportunities. Completing ACUE’s Certificate in Effective College Instruction (which I had access to through DOSL) had the biggest impact on my teaching. Close in impact was what I learned from DOSL’s Remote Teaching Bootcamp, their Faculty Learning Community on Remote Synchronous Learning, and  their Keeping Students Engaged During A Pandemic: 5 Day Certificate Course. DOSL provided me the opportunity to learn and grow. I just had to put forth the effort to do so—just like the learners in my courses."

Darolyn Jones

Lyn Jones, Assistant Teaching Professor of English

"I find DOSL's regular webinars to be a community building exercise.  I look forward to seeing and meeting with my colleagues to share and swap resources, learn of new methods to build community, engage with my students, and make my course work and Canvas delivery more 'student friendly'."