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Distance Education

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Distance Education

Wayne Hall
6th Floor
125 W. Rosedale Ave.
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2948
Fax: 610-436-2189

Distance Education Support
Phone: 610-436-3373

Training and Support

Distance Education offers faculty many development opportunities. We work to keep faculty informed of best practices for online/blended teaching and emerging e-learning technology tools. We offer a range of workshops through face-to-face and online formats, as well as individual consultation. Topics include:

  • Effective strategies for online course design, development and delivery
  • Techniques to facilitate multiple forms of online communication, manage online group projects, and promote interaction
  • Assessing online students and academic integrity issues
  • Effective use of media and Web 2.0 tools to enhance your course
  • E-learning technology trends and integration

Online Faculty Development Program (CAPC Required)

A fully online, 2 or 3 week program designed to introduce faculty to best practices for online or blended teaching. Participation in this program satisfies the CAPC training requirement. Facilitated by an instructional designer and a seasoned WCU online faculty member, participants engage with program content that includes:

  • Foundational Concepts
  • Setting Objectives
  • Developing Learning Activities
  • Continual Engagement
  • Assessment
  • Online Learners
  • eLearning Tools
  • Mobile Learning
  • Copyright and Library Resources
  • Capstone Project

As content and interactivity changes each year, we recommend and encourage retakes. Program participants should have basic D2L skills before participating in the program. More information regarding D2L can be found on D2L Services' website. On campus, face-to-face support throughout the session is available.

If you would like to learn more or have any questions about the Online Faculty Development Program, please feel free to contact the Distance Education at


Upcoming Offerings

March 4 to 22

June 3 to 14

August 5 to 16

October 7 to 25

January 6 to 17, 2020


You can register for any upcoming offering listed above through this Qualitrics OFD Registration form.

Faculty DE Recertification Training (CAPC Required)

To help experienced distance education faculty meet the CAPC policy on the training of new and experienced distance education faculty , Distance Education offers half-day, in-person advanced recertification sessions. These sessions provide experienced faculty with an opportunity to update their skills, learn about new approaches, and collaborate with other experienced distance education faculty.

Faculty in need of recertification are contacted by the Distance Education.


To help you fit training into your busy schedule, Distance Education offers online training webinars each semester. Upcoming webinars are listed on the calendar.  You do not need to register in advance.  The link to access a webinar is included in the calendar description. Webinars are recorded and can be viewed on the Distance Education YouTube channel


Introduction to Adobe Spark - October 17, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Accessibility Best Practices for Online Courses  - November 7, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM     

Self-Paced Technology Training

Faculty can participate in 100% online, self-paced workshops that guide them towards becoming an expert user of different technology tools. Trainings vary by semester and you can sign up at any time. The workshops are facilitated by an instructional designer. Email Tom Pantazes at

to register.

Current Workshops

  • Camtasia

  • VoiceThread

Network of Distance Educators (NODE)

A voluntary program that facilitates 30-minute conversations between pairs of WCU faculty members.  NODE helps faculty improve their connections across campus and enhances the sharing of successful ideas, teaching strategies, and productivity concepts. Participants "opt-in" to calls each week, so they participate as their schedules permit.  Conversations occur on Fridays through a simple video conference tool.  Any individual who teaches at West Chester University is eligible to participate.  If you wish to learn more or join the network, email Tom Pantazes at

Distance Education Initiative

For the last three academic years, Distance Education funded a University-wide initiative to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student experience in distance education courses. Selected faculty members move as cohorts to receive training and support in the development or redesign of distance education courses. Faculty members work one-on-one with Instructional Designers, attend at least 6 hours of training, and successfully submit their course for CAPC approval.

Customized Training Sessions

Distance Education can develop sessions or trainings to meet your individual or department distance education needs. Contact us at

today to start the planning process.

Past Offerings

Un-Seminar Luncheons
A monthly gathering for distance educators to share and learn together. You bring the questions, we bring the food, and together we learn.

Lunch'n Learn Series
Distance Education in collaboration with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center (TLAC) hosted guest lectures on a variety of topics for online and face-to-face educators.

Faculty Seminars
Selected faculty share their experiences on a variety of teaching topics over lunch. These sessions are co-sponsored with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center (TLAC) for both online and face-to-face educators.

Flipped Initiative
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Distance Education partnered with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center to run the Utilizing Flipped Instruction in Blended Courses Initiative. A selected cohort of faculty developed and applied flipped classroom instructional strategies for a blended course environment.

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