Workshops and Symposia

The Office of Distance Education announces training workshops throughout the year. Workshop schedule is subject to change, so please check this page and the Distance Education Events Calendar often.


Registration required

Please see our sign-up form to register for an upcoming cohort or an open enrollment session.

Synchronous Sessions

All events will be held virtually via Zoom. Join us in our Zoom meeting at the following scheduled times.


  • 9/1, 2pm – Getting Started with D2L
  • 9/3, 2pm – Zoom Best Practices
  • 9/7, 2pm – D2L Content Tool Best Practices
  • 9/9, 2pm – Mediasite & Desktop Recorder: Basic Setup and Use
  • 9/13, 2pm – D2L Quizzes Best Practices
  • 9/15, 2pm – Mediasite Advanced Features: Quizzing
  • 9/21, 2pm – D2L Grades Best Practices
  • 9/23, 2pm – D2L Discussions Best Practices
  • 9/28, 2pm – Importing Word Quizzes into D2L
  • 9/30, 2pm - Using OneDrive for Document Collaboration


  • 10/4, 2pm – Using Sway for Multimedia Presentations
  • 10/6, 2pm – D2L Quizzes Best Practices
  • 10/15, 2pm – D2L Question Pool Quizzes
  • 10/20, 2pm – D2L Rubrics Best Practices
  • 10/22, 2pm – D2L Checklists Best Practices
  • 10/28, 2pm - Evaluating Discussions


  • 11/1, 2pm – D2L Assignments & Turnitin Best Practices
  • 11/3, 2pm – D2L Surveys Best Practices
  • 11/9, 2pm – Zoom Best Practices
  • 11/11, 2pm – Using OneDrive for Document Collaboration
  • 11/17, 2pm – D2L Quizzes Best Practices
  • 11/19, 2pm – Using Sway for Multimedia Presentations
  • 11/22, 2pm - D2L Checklists Best Practices


  • 12/3, 2pm – D2L Quizzes Best Practices
  • 12/6, 2pm – D2L Question Pool Quizzes
  • 12/8, 2pm – Importing Word Quizzes into D2L
  • 12/14, 2pm – Finalizing and Releasing Grades
  • 12/16, 2pm - Finalizing and Releasing Grades

Past Events

Click on a symposium below to view the presentation archives.

  • 2019 Teaching and Learning Symposium: Open Educational Resources (OER)

    On April 19, 2019 the Office of Distance Education partnered with Rohrbach Library and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) the to offer the 2019 Teaching and Learning Symposium: Open Educational Resources (OERs). The goal was to provide the Higher Education community with a variety of speakers on the topic of using and teaching with affordable or free learning resources. The event was attended by librarians, faculty, and administrators from public and private institutions across Pennsylvania.


    Keynote: John Shank | Penn State University-Berks
    OER: A Wide Open Future for Higher Education

    This presentation focuses on how the use of Open Educational Resources promotes increased student access, success, as well as faculty member's academic freedom. Participants will learn effective & efficient methods for both discovering and adopting OER as primary or supplemental resources to enhance their courses.

    Stephanie Pennucci, Greg Szczyrbak & Dr. Chris Stieha | Millersville University
    Open Education Week: An Opportunity to Collaborate Locally and Globally

    In 2018, librarians and faculty at Millersville University collaborated to deliver 7 online webinars during Open Education Week. Our faculty presented about various aspects of Open Education using online teleconferencing software. The sessions, promoted by Open Education Consortium were attended by educators from around the world. The experience working together has resulted in continued collaborations between the faculty and librarians involved including additional conference presentations and grant proposals. We'll share about our experience co-leading the group and the positive outcomes form the join efforts in promoting awareness about Open Education.

    Michele Mislevy | Albright College
    Road Trip: Navigating to the OER Superhighway

    There have been some bumps in merging onto the OER superhighway, but successes in the School of Professional Studies (SPS) project inspired faculty in the traditional program to explore and implement OER/ no-cost/ low cost text alternatives. This session will recount Albright College's tale, including detours, challenges and successes. The experiences resulted in benefits to SPS budget as well as potential savings achieved by traditional day students.

    Shanna Hollich | Wilson College
    Open Licensing and Creative Commons

    OER is only made possible through the use of open licensing, most commonly provided through Creative Commons licenses. How does Creative Commons affect copyright? How does open licensing work? This program will provide an overview of what Creative Commons is and how it works; how the Creative Commons licenses interact with existing copyright law; an in-depth look into how the licenses are designed and enforced and what the six different types of CC licenses mean; how to use and share CC licenses and CC-licensed works; and the role that CC licenses have in open textbooks, OER, and open pedagogy.

    Dr. Eric Landquist, Dan Stafford & Melody Diehl Detar | Kutztown University, Duquesne University
    Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success

    The advantages of adopting open educational resources (OERs) are deeper than merely reducing the costs incurred by students. OERs increase the accessibility of higher education and have been shown to improve academic success rates. In this talk, we'll cover motivations for using OERs, how to find potentially suitable OERs for your courses, and explain additional Professional Development opportunities through the Open Textbook Network.

    Lisa Kowalski | KUSSI
    The Course Material Affordability Spectrum (recording coming soon)

    Campus bookstores are important partners in providing the lowest-cost solutions to students. Learn how the Kutztown University bookstore has worked to keep costs low while providing the greatest choice to students.

  • 2017 Learning Technologies Open House

    The Office of Distance Education partnered with West Chester University to co-host the Learning Technologies Open House on October 27, 2017. Recordings of the presentations can be found below.

    Rachel Salerno, Scheri Zungia-Murphy | Kutztown University
    Transitioning from Traditional to Hybrid Courses

    Michael Davis | Kutztown University
    Tabletop Gaming, An Aspect of Geographic Learning

    Bonnie Young | West Chester University
    Using D2L ePortfolios for Student Reflection, Feedback, and Presentation

    Eric Landquist | Kutztown University
    Open Educational Resources in Mathematics

    Rui Li | West Chester University
    Tracking Faculty and Academic Administrators' Attitudes and Practices Related to Online Education

    Keith Massie, Moe Folk | Kutztown University
    Going Deep in Social Media: Honing Analytics and Questioning Content

    Shannon Mrkich | West Chester University
    Making Participation Meaningful

    John Walker | Kutztown University
    How I Moved Beyond "Chalk & Talk" Strategies Using Technology

    Angel Bestwick | Kutztown University
    Technology and Formative Assessment Extravaganza