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Upcoming Workshops and Programs

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  • November
  • Tuesday, November 12 th: Creating Inclusive Spaces @ EIU
Dr. Christy Pichichero, Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages, George Mason University, is offering a workshop Tuesday, Nov. 12, on “Creating Inclusive Spaces @ EIU.” Stop in between 11 am – 1 pm, at the CSI, Center for Student Innovation (1220 Booth), first floor of the Library. 
Free Jimmy John's Sandwiches and Starbuck's Coffee! Learn How You Can Help Make ElU More Inclusive.
Note: Dr. Pichichero is also delivering a public lecture “Black Power: Race And Privilege In Early Modern France,” @ Doudna Lecure Hall, 5—6:30, the same day. Dr. Pichichero’s visit is sponsored by: Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association Center for the Humanities English Dept. World Languages Dept. History Dept. Booth Library and the Faculty Development and Innovation Center.
  • December
  • Tuesday, December 31 th: Online Course Development Institute (OCDi)

The Online Course Development Institute was established to provide faculty at Eastern Illinois University a professional development opportunity to experience best practices in online teaching and guidance in quality online course development. The OCDi is for EIU faculty developing or redesigning an online course and teaching online for the first time at EIU.



The goal of the OCDi is to provide faculty with suggested guidelines and training necessary to develop a quality online course which will enhance the online teaching and learning experiences of both faculty and students and encourage effective engagement and collaboration in the online environment.


“All instructors of online courses must submit proof of having completed the 
Online Course Development Institute (OCDI), Illinois Online Network’s “Master 
Online Teacher" certificate or another documented and equivalent training 
activity before teaching the courses/sections for the first time.” The EIU Online Course Policy can be found at

  1. The participant will be able to develop a course for online delivery using standards presented for effective online course design.
  2. The participant will be able incorporate strategies for effective online teaching and learning.
  3. The participant will be able to integrate technologies that will engage students in the online environment and align with the course objectives.
  4. The participant will be able to meet the university requirement for teaching an online course.


The course contains eight content modules. The topics of each module are listed below.

  1. Overview, Introduction, and Learner Support
  2. Learning Objectives and Instructional Design
  3. Accessibility and Usability
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Course Activities and Learner Interaction
  6. Assessment and Measurement
  7. Course Technology
  8. Online Teaching Strategies


The OCDi Training Course is an online, self-directed course. Participants work through the content modules at their own pace. However, the facilitator is always available to answer questions, provide consultation, review assignments, and post grades and feedback. The course includes online activities, online resources, technology tutorials, and an online synchronous discussion scheduled at the participant’s convenience.


I am often asked the time requirement necessary to complete the OCDi training which is a difficult question to answer. The training originated as an 8-week face-to-face course followed by the completion of the online course development. The same course components remain but the course has been developed into a self-directed, online course. Because the course is self-paced, completion time often depends on many factors including the motivation, technology skills, experience, and time demands of the person completing the training.

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Dr. Newton Key, Director, FDIC

Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation

Faculty Development and Innovation Center

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