Synchronous Online Teaching Micro-Course

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The Synchronous Online Teaching Micro-Course focuses on technical how-tos and best practices for teaching online with Zoom. Note, micro-courses are short courses that focus on one topic. The format is primarily asynchronous with one optional Zoom session, where faculty can share synchronous teaching strategies with colleagues.

In the Synchronous Online Teaching Micro-Course, participants will:

  • Identify best practices around etiquette, privacy, and security in Zoom sessions and consider how to those might be applied to their own courses
  • Share strategies for engaging students in Zoom 
  • Examine principles of low bandwidth teaching and resilient course design through the lens of synchronous teaching

Criteria for completion badge and stipend payment: 

  • Engage in a minimum of four hours of activity within the course; and
  • Submit a short reflection. 


When is the course offered, and how can I register?

  • Faculty Stipend: $250 (pre-tax) upon completion
  • GTA Stipends: $110 (pre-tax) upon completion
  • Required Time Commitment: 4-5 hours. 
  • Session: September 20 - October 11, 2021.
    This course is self-paced and asynchronous, so you may engage anytime during this date range; just be sure to complete the course requirements by Monday, October 11.  
  • Course Requirements: Engage in the course for the required time commitment; complete only the required assignments; fill out the Stipend Application. There is no need to engage and complete all course materials. Only engage in the course material most interesting to you, as well as the few required assignments! 

*Registration for this course is now closed.* 



  • 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, and individuals not actively employed at SF State.


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