Emailed by Dr. Jeremiah Grabowski, Dean of Online Learning. 

Hi faculty,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day and is enjoying this terrific string of weather we’re having. I’m writing you all to announce some exciting initiatives the Online Learning department will be providing this summer and share information on the Embedded Librarian program (see attachment) from Bree Baker.

From Bree:
An embedded librarian is a librarian that is integrated into an online class via Canvas to support the student’s in their research process. Many students have difficulties and need help, not only accessing resources remotely but knowing what resources and services are available to them. An embedded librarian will provide support for these students in their virtual space. To request an embedded librarian in your course, email the Online Learning Librarian Bree Baker at

New Online Learning Initiatives:

Based on the results of the Faculty Senate survey conducted a few months ago, we’ve been working to offer more professional development. We started with (and continue to hold) weekly online office hours. Sign-up below:

In addition to those, we’re going to be offering two facilitated online courses in July.

The first is our Online Certificate Course (July 6th – 31st). This is the same 4-week course that we’ve offered in the past. The goal of the course is to both prepare faculty to teach online/hybrid courses and to inform in-person teaching as well. The course is intended for faculty who have little or no online teaching experience. The course will be offered through Canvas, so if you’ve never enrolled in an online course you’ll be able to experience one from a student’s perspective. You can expect to spend approximately 4 hours a week in the class. Both online and hybrid course design principles are covered.

The second is a new course we designed entitled, “Fostering Engagement in Online Courses.” For several years, faulty have requested that we offer something like this, so I’m very happy to announce it’s finally here. This course will also be four weeks (July 6th – 31st) and is designed for faculty who have taught fully online for at least 1-2 years. The course will be focused on strategies to foster greater engagement and community-building within your online course. Like the previous course, you can expect to spend about 4 hours a week in the class.

Both courses will be 100% online through Canvas and asynchronous, there will be no required meeting times. Although we will hold optional Zoom sessions once a week for those who want to interact synchronously.

If you’re interested in signing up, please use the following form. I hope to “see” many of you in the classroom.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Jeremiah Grabowski, PhD
Dean of Online Learning
Online Learning

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