Faculty Workshops


The Office of Online Learning offers a number of workshops for faculty and students throughout the academic year. Our workshops may be offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face or synchronous online workshops.

Training Requirements
Prior to teaching hybrid or online courses, faculty must complete the following training requirements:

1. A one-hour Learning Management System (LMS) workshop. Please contact (845) 569-3457 to find out more information.
2. OL5000: Preparation for Teaching Online: A Foundational Workshop for MSMC Faculty. This initial asynchronous certification process is required by faculty. Please contact Kristen.Dellasala@msmc.edu for more information.
3. A refresher course will be offered for faculty who have not taught an online or hybrid course in a 3 year period.

Instructors are expected to complete the LMS workshop at least one month before the first OL5000 class meeting, allowing them time to practice with the tools with which they are expected to be proficient in order to succeed in the OL5000 course.

A faculty member who provides convincing evidence (can demonstrate knowledge and skills) of adequate online/hybrid teaching skills and experience may receive a partial or complete training waiver. If the faculty member has relevant experience, there will be a checklist/self-evaluation to determine if the faculty member should take OL5000.

The Office of Online Learning has adopted the Quality Matters™ Rubric as a benchmark for ensuring the quality of courses on campus. This rubric serves as the basis for evaluation of instructors’ course development in OL5000. The Office of Online Learning is expected to send the Vice President for Academic Affairs a monthly update on the training status of the instructors who have completed these workshops.

Additionally, a variety of professional development opportunities will be offered to faculty related to best practices in online education and learning throughout the academic year. Faculty members are encouraged to suggest ideas to the Office of Online Learning for future trainings.

While technology training is recommended, it is not required for traditional/web enhanced courses.

Mount Saint Mary College promotes the application of online learning technologies in hundreds of courses offered to undergraduate and graduate students every year, from enhancing traditional classroom instruction to enabling the delivery of teaching online in lieu of on-campus class meetings. The College views online learning as an extremely valuable format to supplement classroom learning and to strengthen learner engagement and collaboration in all MSMC academic programs. For graduate and adult undergraduate programs, online learning also provides the opportunity to increase access for student populations that otherwise would not be able to participate in and benefit from the College’s higher education programs due to constraints of family, work, distance, and so forth.

A variety of technologies are being used for online learning, including our advanced learning management system and synchronous learning delivery platform that facilitate and encourage collaborative learning and interactions among the faculty and students in their respective courses. Faculty are also eager to explore and integrate emerging technology applications into their courses, such as blogs, Wikis, and other Web 2.0 tools.

Course Development Guidelines

All hybrid and online courses and programs will closely follow due laws, government regulations, and the guidelines specified in the document, Distance Learning Programs: Interregional Guidelines for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs, published by the accreditation agency of the College, Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Division Chairs, Graduate Coordinators, and faculty may propose fully and hybrid online courses for traditional undergraduate and graduate programs. In consultation with Division Chairs, the offices of Online Learning and Adult Degree Completion Programs may propose fully and blended online programs for accelerated programs.

Proposals for any new distance education program (one that does not currently exist) must meet Middle States and New York State guidelines and registration processes for distance education programming.

Please review the  abbreviated checklist for information on MSCHE and NYSED requirements. The checklist makes specific recommendations to ensure that MSMC maintains accreditation with MSCHE and meets NYSED requirements.  Upon successful completion of the checklist, all information must be submitted to the Vice President of Academic Affairs office for review prior to submission for review and approval by the Curriculum Committee and Faculty Senate.

If you are interested in developing a hybrid or fully online course, please review the MSMC Online: Online Teaching Best Practices Guide and contact the Director of the Office of Online Learning, Kristen Dellasala at Kristen.Dellasala@msmc.edu or by phone (845) 569-3439.

Upcoming Events

Please note: This calendar is color coded.
Blue events in the calendar are for students.
Red events in the calendar are for faculty and/or staff.

SOME EVENTS REQUIRE AN RSVP: Click on an event to view the description and other details such as RSVP information.