Start Here

Welcome to the Advanced Skills Update Workshop

Congratulations on being chosen to participate in the ASUW! This workshop is the second phase of advanced faculty development offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Office of Distance Education. This workshop offers advanced online and hybrid faculty the opportunity to develop your instructional and pedagogical skills and knowledge in a format that serves your needs. In addition, we wanted to provide you with multiple content options so that the "advanced programming" was engaging and helpful.

The ASUW Goals

  • At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to describe, explain, and evaluate best practices in online learning.
  • At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to explain and analyze trends in online learning.
  • At the end of this workshop, participants will have evaluated and selected various instructional technologies to learn more about and to implement into their courses.
  • At the end of this workshop, participants will have constructed an online or hybrid course to Quality Matters standards.

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Workshop Format

The ASUW contents are available for three months--August, September, and October. Each month, you will see three to six modules, of which you must complete at least three modules. Each module falls into one of two tracks: 1) research and trends and 2) instructional technology.

You will have completed a total of ten modules (including this Start Here module) at the end of October.

As you work through the modules, you are also expected to work on the course you committed to build for the workshop.

The Workshop Schedule

August 1-31: Complete the "Start Here" module and complete three modules from the August folder.

  • Theory and Practice of Online Learning
  • The 5th Edition of the QM Rubric
  • Accessibility: It's the Law!
  • Voki and GoAnimate
  • Smore Newsletters

September 1-30: Complete three modules from the September folder.

  • Kahoot Student Response System
  • Zombies Attack! Creating Simulations for Students
  • Open Educational Resources
  • The Question of Class Size in Online Learning
  • Padlet and Lino
  • EdPuzzle

October 1-31: Complete three modules from the October folder.

  • The Ultimate Workaround
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Grade Change: the Latest Survey on Online Learning
  • MediaSpace (Kaltura)
  • Cognitive Load

Major Milestone Deadlines

Half-course pre-review

Friday, Sep. 9th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Half of the course being built (at least eight week-long modules for a fall or spring semester online course) is submitted for CHSS KSU QM pre-review. To do this, put Tiffani Reardon (treardo2) into your course as an instructor and email her ( to let her know that you are ready for a half-course pre-review.

Full-course pre-review

Monday, Nov. 7th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Submit completely built online or hybrid course to CHSS KSU QM pre-review. To do this, make sure Tiffani Reardon (treardo2) is in your course as an instructor, and e-mail her ( to let her know that you are ready for a full CHSS KSU QM pre-review.

Submit to Quality Matters

Monday, Nov. 14th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Courses must have passed CHSS KSU QM pre-review and submit course to KSU QM Peer Review.

Meet Your Facilitator

I am Tiffani Reardon, I am the instructional designer for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and I will be your facilitator for this workshop.

I have a bachelor's degree in English from KSU and a master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Georgia State University, and have just started a master's program in Applied Computer Science at the University of West Georgia. I started back at KSU in May 2015, but prior to coming back, I worked for Lockheed Martin as a technical editor in their C-130 programs. As some of you may remember, before Lockheed I was a student assistant in the CHSS ODE.

I have a small family of just me, my boyfriend (Josh), our dog (Nutmeg), and our kitten (Pickle). The rest of my family, however, is gigantic, with divorced and re-married parents and a total of 9 siblings.

I have a pretty wide range of hobbies, because I mainly just like to keep busy, but I will say that I love to read, play with (and snuggle) my pets, and I absolutely love to be in/on the water (my latest savings plan is for a stand-up paddle board). My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling and Jodi Picoult, but I'll pretty much read anything except detective books.

If you have questions at any time during the workshop, feel free to call me at (470) 578-7923, email me at, or come by my office on the Kennesaw Campus, Social Sciences building, room 5007B. I will typically respond to email or voicemails within 24 hours during the week, and I am in my office from 8:00am-4:00pm M-F.

At two points during each month, I will move through the modules and award credit for modules completed. That credit will be recorded in the grades section of D2L. If you have questions about that process or any credit awarded or not awarded, please ask.