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CIS Events and Training for Faculty

Curriculum and Instructional Support (CIS) fosters educator development in a variety of ways. Take a look at the various opportunities and connect with us today!

CIS events

Looking for a one-time workshop, a series, or another development opportunity? Visit our CIS Events website for more information on upcoming events and to register.


For new faculty hired to teach primarily on our main campus, please visit our New Faculty Orientation page for further assistance in preparing for your arrival on campus.

For adjunct faculty members who will teach online or at a CMU off-campus location on a contract-by-course basis, please review the off-campus faculty orientation.

Self-paced workshops

Accessibility Workshop

Reliance on digital resources in online instruction only increases the importance of accessibility to content. This workshop is a self-paced development opportunity aimed at introducing best practices and ensuring compliance with federal standards related to course content and digital materials for all types of learners.
Enroll in the self-paced Accessibility Workshop


BrightSpots is a robust shell of resources for instructors using Blackboard that provides best practices for course shell design and content presentation centered on the learner.  These resources demonstrate effective content presentation methods that are aesthetically pleasing and adhere to accessibility requirements.  These resources provide tips and how-to’s that empower instructors to replicate these measures in their own course shells. 
Enroll in this shell to view these specialized resources.

Designing eLearning Workshop

The Designing eLearning Workshop provides insight for creating an effective online course. Participants will see various ways to structure an online class, understand how to present content to increase readership and interaction, learn methods for creating engaging videos, and be exposed to a variety of learning activity examples for online teaching and learning. The workshop is ideal for those who have never developed an online course but may also provide a ‘veteran’ developer with a few new insights and tricks!
Enroll in the self-paced Designing eLearning Workshop.

Fundamentals of Blackboard

Blackboard Learn®, CMU’s Learning Management System, is a robust teaching environment that provides many opportunities to supplement face-to-face, Hybrid, and HyFlex courses and facilitates full-scale online course delivery. This self-paced Fundamentals of Blackboard workshop introduces the skills necessary to be successful in the use of Blackboard as a tool for teaching both face-to-face and online courses. 
Enroll in the self-paced Fundamentals of Blackboard workshop.

Open Education Resource Workshop

This workshop is designed to inform CMU faculty about Open Educational Resources (OERs), teaches methods for searching and evaluating OER materials, and guides the instructor through the process of implementing open access resources into the classroom.
Enroll in the self-paced Open Education Resource Workshop.

Online Teaching Experience

This self-paced workshop prepares faculty to succeed as online educators and instructors. It helps faculty understand CM’s expectations, policies procedures, and support services available both to them and their students. Its immersive approach allows participants to learn more about teaching online by emulating the online student experience. 
Enroll in the self-paced Online Teaching Experience workshop.

SafeAssign Training

This recorded training on SafeAssign, a plagiarism prevention tool within Blackboard, provides an overview as to what SafeAssign is and demonstrates how to set it up inside Blackboard.  A primary focus is on helping instructors understand the results SafeAssign provides in the Originality Report and knowing how to interpret those findings.
View the SafeAssign Training video (13:55)