Online Teaching Lab

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What is the Online Teaching Lab?

The Online Teaching Lab (OTL) is a fully asynchronous, completely self-paced online course that provides a comprehensive research-based foundation in effective online teaching.

In the OTL, participants will:

Investigate questions such as:

  • How do we humanize our online courses?
  • How do we engage students online?
  • How do we design for academic integrity online?

Explore issues around remote teaching such as:

  • Universal design for learning
  • Resilient course design
  • Trauma-informed teaching
  • Equitable & inclusive online courses
  • Social presence & student interaction

Experience online learning from the student perspective

  • To better facilitate interactive experiences for your own students

As part of the lab, participants will explore these topics:

  • Resilient course design.
  • Trauma-informed pedagogies.
  • Instructor presence & humanizing online learning.
  • Universal design for learning.
  • Video and online resources.
  • Social presence & student interaction.
  • Assessment & academic integrity.
  • Student reflection & metacognition.

Learning Outcomes

This course is offered as an open resource.

Stipends for faculty completion of CEETL course offerings were made possible through one-time emergency federal funding (CARES and HEERF) for COVID-19. This funding source has now concluded as of 4/25/22. CEETL courses remain available as open resources for the campus community, though stipends for completion will no longer be awarded.

Learn more and register for additional QLT PIE Certificate courses

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What is JEDI PIE?

The JEDI PIE Institute builds a community of JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) protagonists through 25 hours of practice of developing anti-racist pedagogy and dismantling white supremacy in online teaching. 

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What is Online Teaching Squares?

Faculty participants join three other teaching colleagues to form a supportive, non-evaluative “teaching square,” to share inclusive teaching practices and learn from each other throughout the fall semester. 


All stipends for CEETL course completions by eligible participants are processed through payroll and are subject to tax, so the final amount and timing for stipend payments may vary according to individual tax rates and employment status with the university. To monitor incoming payments, we recommend you turn on your bank notifications to get alerts on your accounts. All members of the SF State teaching community are welcome to engage in and complete CEETL faculty development courses for a certificate, but due to CSU policy the following appointments will not be eligible to receive a stipend: MPPs, Staff, FERP faculty, individuals with hourly appointments, and individuals not actively employed at SF State.

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