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eLearning Faculty Academy

The eLearning Faculty Academy is a training initiative developed by the Center for Innovative Pedagogy (CIP), with support from the college-wide Distance Education Committee (DEC). The term "eLearning" covers fully online and hybrid/blended courses. 

 The purpose of the Academy is two-fold:

  1. Equip faculty who are new to eLearning with the tools to develop courses and effectively use their teaching talents in an online format.
  2. Introduce new innovations to "veteran" eLearning faculty who are dedicated to significantly revising their courses.

The Academy is not solely restricted to faculty who wish to teach in one of the online modalities. All who are interested are encouraged to apply. Each module's content within the Academy can easily be applied to face-to-face course(s). However, due to limited seat availability, preference will be given to applicants wanting to teach in the online modality.

The main goals of the Academy are to provide:

  1. All participants with an overview of eLearning at the College,
  2. A semester-long fun and engaging eLearning training program,
  3. Instructional technology assistance in course development,
  4. Resources to the faculty member to develop an eLearning course over the duration of the eLearning Faculty Academy, and
  5. Assistance to the participants in being as close to complete with their eLearning course as possible.

Time commitment and obligations:

The eLearning Faculty Academy will operate as a fully asynchronous program with content in Blackboard Learn. 

To successfully complete the Academy each participant will adhere to the following requirements:

Participation commitment:

  • All online course material must be completed by the due dates provided in Blackboard Learn.
  • Meet with your assigned facilitator at least four times during the semester, during the hours of 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Throughout the eLearning Faculty Academy, participants will be requested to fill out anonymous surveys. It is important for the participants to know that all feedback will be used to improve future faculty experiences in the eLearning Faculty Academy.

What can you expect to have completed on the final day?

The Academy is meant as your gateway into the wonderful world of academic technology-infused content and the road to becoming an online certified faculty member at Suffolk. At the end of the Academy, each participant will have completed the following:

  1. Course alignment map*
  2. ADA-compliant course outline
  3. "Welcome" video
  4. Course Information folder
  5. Student Success (student orientation) folder
  6. Three instructional modules

*Each participant's course map will be reviewed by DEC for consistency.

Successful completion of the above requirements will result in conditional certification to teach one online/hybrid/blended course.

The final step in becoming an online certified faculty member will be during the first semester you choose to teach the online/hybrid/blended course. Upon successful completion of the online observation with your department chair, you will be granted full status as an online faculty member.

Forms associated with eLearning Faculty Academy, including registration, course assignment or development, course rubric and release time, and the DE Guide are found on the Online Faculty page on MySCCC. Go to MySCCC, then click on Suffolk Online, and then select Online Faculty.

E-Mail Questions to:  ROBIN HILL

SUNY Online Help Desk

For help using Blackboard, please call the SUNY Online Help Desk at 1-844-673-6786 (option 1) or submit a ticket.


Suffolk Help

For assistance with any of the issues below, please go to Suffolk Help and submit a ticket in the appropriate section.

  • Reporting problems with Blackboard
  • Authorizing department chair observations
  • Removing bumped instructors
  • Merging cross-listed courses
  • Enrolling users