Professional Development
Training for Faculty

Interactive and engaging workshop series to build new online teaching practices.

We’re Here to Accelerate Online Learning at HBCUs and PBIs

UNCF (United Negro College Fund), has announced they will provide online learning professional development training for up to 1,500 faculty members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). The training is available through a partnership with recognized online learning provider Strategic Education, Inc., whose institutions have a long history of providing high-quality, accessible education for working adults.

The Strategic Education, Inc. (SEI) Professional Development Training for Faculty empowers faculty, administrators, trainers and support staff with workshops that enhance online instructional style.

The professional development experience includes a series of course sessions with live instruction and support. Faculty grow their confidence with online teaching and develop new strategies for facilitation and increasing student engagement. Professional development sessions accommodate a range of experience levels and learning styles.

The key benefits of participating in SEI Professional Development Training for Faculty include:
  • Access to a wide range of courses, covering topics in course design, online course facilitation, and advanced online teaching methods.
  • Learning through hands-on application during authentic activities that immediately apply to the courses faculty are currently building and facilitating.
  • Working alongside the professional online educators who designed and will facilitate each course.
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Our Courses

We know faculty are busy, so we’ve designed the SEI Professional Development Training for Faculty offerings to maximize their time. In just eight one-hour synchronous (live, online) sessions, faculty will build a course, ramp up facilitation techniques, or create an online learning environment focused on building student engagement with guidance and support from our team of expert facilitators, instructional designers, and technologists.

Facilitation Series

FAC 101: Creating and Facilitating Online Courses

Course Information

This four-week course is designed to help faculty construct and facilitate their online course. Participants will apply learning theories to build their course(s) and uncover teaching methods to keep their students engaged and help them be successful. Structured with the goal to experience a course from the eyes of a student, participants complete assignments and discussions to apply learnings from the live sessions. Upon completion, participants report being able to:

  • Construct an online course in specified learning management system that welcomes and informs students to prepare them for success.
  • Evaluate the benefits of online versus traditional in-person instruction.
  • Implement online course components such as assignments, discussions, quizzes, and other activities to enhance student engagement.
  • Utilize media and video conferencing tools to conduct virtual learning.

Note: This course can accommodate cohorts using either Blackboard or Canvas. Use course code 101b to register cohorts using Blackboard or 101c to register cohorts using Canvas.

FAC102: Teaching Online For Faculty

Course Information

This four-week course is for faculty who are new or novice to online instruction and have access to a pre-built online course. They will learn the core tasks of the online instructor, maintaining student engagement, and effective communication with distance learners. Topics also include online assessments and feedback. Upon completion, participants report being able to:

  • Enhance student engagement through dynamic facilitation and course design.
  • Utilize media and video to conduct virtual learning.
  • Leverage technology to maximize critical thinking.

FAC 201: Advanced Student Engagement

Course Information

This four-week course is for faculty who are confident who are looking to enhance their effectiveness in an online modality. It emphasizes the strategies, techniques, and tools available to increase student engagement in an online, synchronous, or asynchronous course. At the end of this program, faculty will be more adept at interacting with, inspiring, and engaging students. Upon completion, participants report being able to:

  • Increase student engagement in online courses.
  • Utilize educational technology tools and techniques for specified needs.
  • Incorporate higher volumes and variety of multimedia in an online course.

Support Series

IDT 001: Instructional Design and Technology Support

Course Information

This four-week support series is designed to respond to the immediate instructional design and technology needs of participants. During each support session, attendees will be invited to ask questions to the Instructional Designer and Instructional Technologist, who will provide expert consultation. To spark conversation, a topic related to instructional design will be prepared for each session, ranging from practical technology tools (e.g., polling) to iterative course improvement (e.g., enhancing material readability). Upon completion, participants report being able to:

  • Apply actionable feedback to improve online course design and facilitation.
  • Improve upon activity-based instructional delivery.
  • Use technology tools to engage learners and enhance lessons, activities, and content.
  • Revise course structure based on instructional design and technology expert advice.

IDT 002: Learning Support Staff Sessions

Course Information

This four-week support series is designed to respond to the immediate instructional design and technology needs of participants supporting faculty new to online learning. During each support session, attendees will ask questions to the Instructional Designer and Instructional Technologist, who will provide expert consultation on how to support faculty. Upon completion, participants report being able to:

  • Support faculty in online course development.
  • Use new resources to help faculty with facilitation of courses, assignments, and assessments.
  • Suggest to faculty new student engagement techniques.

IDT 003: Train the Trainer

Course Information

This 4-week support series is designed to respond to the immediate training development needs of participants. During the support sessions, attendees will be invited to ask questions to the Instructional Designer and Instructional Technologist, who will provide expert consultation on training needs. Upon completion, participants report being able to:

  • Complete analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of their own training course.
  • Consider content resources and training tools.
  • Plan for training timing and scheduling.
  • Iteratively enhance their own internal training.

Outcomes We’re Proud Of

In Summer 2020, we provided professional development sessions for over 500 faculty members from 14 different institutions. We asked participants to complete pre- and post-workshop surveys. Here are just a few examples of what the survey results showed upon completion of our online training workshop:

Faculty confidence in designing learning activities to facilitate learner engagement grew from 50% to 95%.

Faculty confidence in being able to guide and maintain discussions online grew from 48% to 89%.

Faculty confidence in facilitating learning activities that help students construct explanations and solutions grew from 47% to 93%.

A key differentiation in the SEI Faculty Development training experience is our work with institutions that serve diverse learners, from HBCUs to schools with large adult-student populations. Our course offerings specifically speak to faculty who teach to and seek to engage learners at every point in their journey.

Some of our partner institutions include:

Allen University
Lane College
Wiley College

Hampton University
Jarvis Christian Collage
Saint Augustine’s University

United Negro College Fund
Florida Memorial University
Morehouse College

Virginia State University
Voorhees College
Kentucky State University

“Thank you so much for helping me understand how to design my courses, in terms of instructional approach, selection of appropriate learning activities and the alignment of learning objectives, with instructional activities and assessment in online learning. You … demonstrated through your teaching to be highly competent and caring for your profession and your students. I feel so fortunate to have taken this online learning course with you …, you have made me a better Online Instructor, and for that I am extremely grateful.”

— Dr. Andrew Kanu, Former Dean & Professor of Public Health College of Education at Virginia State

Work With Us!

We’re here to help you support your faculty on their professional development journey.

  • 1
    Institution Administrators

    Choose your course and complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Then select your faculty and staff participants.

  • 2

    Create a course specific to your faculty and assign an expert facilitator to work with your cohort.

  • 3
    Your Faculty

    Participate in 8 workshops over a 4-week period, completing exercises and a final demonstration of learning.

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Pricing for SEI Faculty Development Training

We’re committed to helping faculty grow confidence in their online delivery and increase the engagement in their online courses. So, we’ve made SEI Professional Development Training for Faculty affordable.




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Meet the Team

Crystal Moore

VP Higher Education Partnerships, Strategic Education


Ben Laptad

Manager, Instructional Design


Divya Balachandran Kashyap

LMS Technologist


Amelia Myers

Instructional Technologist

About Strategic Education, Inc.

Strategic Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) (www.strategiceducation.com) is dedicated to helping advance economic mobility through higher education. We serve working adult students all over the globe through our core focus areas: 1) U.S. Higher Education, through Strayer University and Capella University, each institutionally accredited, and collectively offer flexible and affordable associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs including the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University; 2) Alternative Learning, encompassing Sophia Learning, self-paced general education courses that are ACE-recommended for college credit; Workforce Edge, a full service, online employee education management portal; Digital Enablement Partnerships, helping advance capabilities in course development, online delivery and student support; and non-degree web and mobile application development courses through Hackbright Academy and Strayer University’s DevMountain; and 3) Australia/New Zealand, comprised of Torrens University, Think Education and Media Design School operations in Australia and New Zealand. This portfolio of high quality, innovative, relevant, and affordable programs and institutions helps our students prepare for success in today’s workforce and find a path to bettering their lives.