Online Teaching Resources

Below is a collection of resources that have been developed and pulled together by the CPS Instructional Design Team and other stakeholders from across the university. This list will be updated periodically to reflect the most up-to-date material and if at any point you have questions or need assistance please reach out to your program’s designated instructional designer or email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to assist.

Fall 2020 Webinar Series

Recording of past webinars are provided. All future webinars will run from 7-8 p.m. EST and have links to register.

Teaching a Flexible Online Class: An Introduction

Lead by Cody House

Are you teaching a flexible online, or fully online, class this fall and still confused about what you need to do? This is the webinar for you. This session will walk through some of the best practices you need to know to help prepare you for this fall. 

Recording- Thursday, July 23rd

Recording- Monday July


Blackboard: Basic

Lead by Cody House

Wanting to learn about how Blackboard works or how to get started with using the platform? This session will focus on the essentials of using Blackboard for those faculty that are teaching Face-to-Face or dipping their toes into Blackboard for the first time.

Recording - Wednesday, July 29th


Blackboard: Assignments and Assessments

Lead by Mark A. Trickett

This webinar will take a deeper dive into the world of graded assignments in the Blackboard system. Guided by the key question of what makes something an assignment? This session will discuss best practices for designing, creating, and grading an assignment in Blackboard. Just as importantly, it will take a deep dive into the Full Grade Center and how it can make your life easier. By the end of this session you will have a better understanding on how to use the system and also become more familiar with the grade center and how you can make grading easy and more helpful to your students. 

Recording- Thursday, July 30th


Blackboard: Advanced

Lead by Cody House

Ready to take the next steps in using Blackboard in your online course? This session will examine some of the tools in Blackboard that can take your class to the next level. We will walk you through best practices for setting up your class to maximize your teaching skills and bring engagement into your classroom.

Recording - Monday, August 10th


Facilitating Online Student Engagement

Lead by Mark A. Trickett & Michelle Lague

Come to this session to engage in a conversation about facilitating a more robust online experience for your students. This webinar will share tips, concrete strategies, and best practices for engaging with your students in synchronous and asynchronous learning. This discussion will provide an opportunity to ask questions and collaborate with other instructors. 

Recording - Tuesday, August 4th

Recording - Wednesday, August 12th




Using Webex and Blackboard

Blackboard Collaborate
  • Link to GW Blackboard (Once you log into Blackboard there is a new, upgraded banner with helpful links and GW resources available to faculty)

  • Comprehensive Teaching Online PDF with checklist, videos, and guides on how to set up your course within Blackboard 



Video Production Best Practices

Drew Santorello in video studio with camera equipment

This six-part video series is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently produce high quality educational videos for your online courses, at home using your own basic equipment. 

Explore Video Series



Additional Resources