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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Events Calendar

Seek.  Learn.  Advance.

We’re dedicated to providing you professional development opportunities!  In addition to the awesome tutorials available on Tech Tools, CCI staff develop presentations and workshops to meet the needs of the campus.  If you’d like us to schedule an event on a specific topic or if you’d like to share a presentation you’ve developed, please contact us at


Training Programs


HR Training Webpage
Human Resources manages a Training and Development webpage that lists several programs.  You will find information and resources on Compliance and Accessibility training (FYI- the BizLibrary compliance training site also includes a video tutorial library on various topics including Microsoft O365 applications).  You can also find information about SUNY CPD Points, which can pay for Center for Professional Development events.

Online Pedagogy: Design for Online Learning
This course is a collaborative effort between the Center for Creative Instruction, the Online Faculty Fellows and volunteer faculty from across the campus (dates to be added to Upcoming Events). Conceived in the fall of 2019, the course has been an integral part of the SUNY Potsdam reopening plan and has prepared scores of faculty in delivering high quality and highly engaging online content during the COVID 19 crisis.

Course Overview: The purpose of this course is to facilitate development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSA) for effective online teaching and learning. The course focuses on pedagogy and the design/facilitation of online learning. You'll learn by reading, watching, listening, sharing, and doing - applying the course content to relevant course design and development activities. This two-week asynchronous course involves an estimated 6 to 8 hours of work each week. Each course is limited to 20 participants and includes an optional opening and closing synchronous meeting, as well as opportunities to meet with the instructors and other participants each week. Each course is team facilitated by three instructors.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key differences between face-to-face (F2F) and online teaching and learning.
  • Apply Backward Design to develop a course and its components.
  • Recognize Community of Inquiry (CoI) principles of online learning and apply them to develop online teaching and learning experiences.
  • Identify, select, and use tools, within the learning management system (Moodle) and beyond, to support teaching and learning.
  • Recognize relevant standards and guidelines that frame distance education.


(Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success, Massive Open Online Course)
Instructors, college students, and anyone with a desire to stay current with today’s rapidly changing world and technologies are invited to enroll in this SUNY FREE open-access course. #EmTechMOOC provides a supportive environment for dialogue and sharing among participants.  Explore and equip yourself with tools to adapt to online and hybrid learning related to communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking through hands-on discovery exercises. Develop an ePortfolio or a personal learning journal to showcase your professional skills and accomplishments.  The entire course is self-paced and can be completed in as little as 5 hours.  Anyone with a SUNY-affiliation, even alumni, can also earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion and Digital Badge for free.  To learn more about this opportunity, including a one-minute video introduction, FAQ, Presentations, visit the Exploring Emerging Technologies website.



Quality by Design (QbD): Strategies for Effective Teaching and Quality Course Design  

This four-week online asynchronous course is intended for all faculty and instructional support staff at all levels of experience with an interest in effective teaching and quality course design strategies. It provides a unique opportunity to improve courses through a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses, and focuses on four major topics that are a key component of any quality designed course, including:

  • Learner Support
  • Content Presentation & Accessibility
  • Interaction & Collaboration
  • Evaluation & Assessment

Those who complete the course will be able to identify the importance of learner-centered instruction; analyze the qualities of effective course design; and integrate these concepts into their teaching and/or instructional design strategies.
Participants will have the opportunity to earn badges issued through Acclaim by Credly and is free for CPD members and low cost for all others. The time-commitment for QbD varies by individual; averaging 2 to 4 hours per week.
For registration and more information, please visit the QbD website


Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty Program

The SUNY Center for Professional Development is pleased to announce this 100% asynchronous online-certificate program, which provides all of the knowledge and skills you need to teach college courses and also gives you the experience of what it is like to be a student in a well-designed online course.
This program is intended to assist faculty in planning a well-articulated, systematized path for their professional development, and the certificate provides evidence that faculty have attained a basic set of essential skills and knowledge needed for teaching at SUNY.
To enroll, participants should have taught in a formal learning/training environment or plan to do so in the near future. Completion of all three courses is required to earn the certificate, and activities for the courses will include using an ePortfolio to document work. (If a participant's campus does not provide an ePortfolio platform for use, this program offers instruction on Mahara, a no cost Open Source ePortfolio platform which can be used by the participant for coursework during their duration in the program.)
Learning Outcomes:

  • Utilize learning theory in the design and delivery of their courses
  • Employ foundational learning teaching strategies that are supported by research and that promote active learning
  • Effectively and efficiently evaluate student performance
  • Create a safe and effective learning environment
  • Utilize reflective techniques as a teaching practitioner
  • Uphold and promote the academic policies of a participant's individual campus and the System

Please contact your Campus Points Contact to determine SUNY CPD Points eligibility to as a possible payment method.
Course 1: May 18 through June 28 – Essential Communication Skills for Teaching
Course 2: August 31 through October 11 –  Learning Theories and Effective Teaching Practices
Course 3: October 12 through November 22 –  Evaluation and Assessment


Lumen Circles Fellowships: Adventures in Teaching Excellence
SUNY faculty are provided a unique opportunity to connect with peers as they explore effective teaching strategies and instructional practices that support and boost student success and apply them in their own teaching. Through the fellowship you can learn, share ideas, and develop professionally in the areas you want to grow. Choose a fellowship theme in an area you’d like to deepen your expertise: Active Learning; Inclusive Teaching; Online Teaching; Teaching with OER; and more!
Lumen Circles Fellowships are offered in partnership with the SUNY Center for Professional Development, SUNY OER Services, and Lumen Learning. They are available at NO COST to SUNY faculty and campuses, and work well for any faculty member, in any discipline, at any stage of career. See Program Achievements for additional details about what faculty fellows have accomplished in order to earn a certificate. You do not need to use courseware to be eligible for this program. 

Upcoming Events


(Event Postponed - Fall 2021, TBA)

Wednesday, August 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Creating Diversity-Rich Courses and Applying for the Diversity Attribute
Host: Diversity Attribute Review Committee
Join the diversity attribute review committee to discuss how to make your courses more diversity rich and/or apply for the diversity attribute. The workshop is intended for faculty at all levels of developing a diversity-rich course. We will offer breakout rooms for folks to learn about different components of diversity-rich teaching as well as hands-on sessions to get feedback on a syllabus they are ready (or close to ready) to submit for the diversity attribute. There will also be an opportunity for faculty to submit their attribute in-person to the committee for approval at the end of the workshop (rather than the online submission process).
Location: Online Zoom workshop.
Registration: TBA


Wednesday, September 22, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
OSCQR and Regular Substantive Interaction (RSI)
Host: SUNY Online Teaching Team
Location: Online Webinar.
Register Online and see full details.


Wednesday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Level UP! ASU Project Management Summit
Hosts: SUNY CPD and Arizona State University Project Management Education
This year’s Summit is a half-day FREE virtual event for project teams and those interested in project management to meet and share project management knowledge. It is open to EVERYONE! 
Participants will learn how to Level Up! their skills, career, and projects, and will have the opportunity to learn about project management tools and resources.
This event is for practitioners, faculty, staff, and students of all levels, whether they are new to project management or seasoned professionals. The event features distinguished speakers on topics focusing on four tracks: 

  • Military Veterans in Project Management
  • New to Project Management
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Organizational Tools and Resources

Those holding PMI certifications, such as the PMP®, can earn 15+ PDUs for participating, as sessions will be recorded and available on demand after the Summit.

Location: Online via Whova
Registration: Please visit this site for more information including agenda details and registration links. Once registered, feel free to ask the speakers questions in advance and connect with other colleagues.


Wednesday, October 13, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SUNY Online Teaching Community Engagement & Resources
Host: SUNY Online Teaching Team
Location: Online Webinar.
Register Online and see full details.


Tuesday, October 26, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Checklist for Remote Teaching
Host: SUNY Online Teaching Team
Location: Online Webinar.
Register Online and see full details.


Tuesday, November 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Supporting Online Student Success
Host: SUNY Online Teaching Team
Location: Online Webinar.
Register Online and see full details.


Wednesday, December 8, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Interested in Teaching Online
Host: SUNY Online Teaching Team
Location: Online Webinar.
Register Online and see full details.