Professional Development

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Hone Your Skills

Digital Learning offers one-on-one consultations, in-depth workshops and online boot camps for individuals interested in learning more about topics related to online course design and technology-enhanced teaching. 

Technology Training

Digital Learning supports technologies that provide online proctoring, visual discussion boards, interactive video players, and digital badging, as well as the full suite of apps offered by Adobe Creative Cloud. We also offer regular professional development opportunities for instructors interested in using the tools in their courses.

  • Instructional Technologies (InTech) 

    Digital Learning supports VoiceThread, PlayPosit, Examity and Badgr. To learn more about these interactive tools, please visit InTech. To register for upcoming professional development workshops, please visit Events.

  • Adobe & Arizona 

    We work with instructors across disciplines to integrate creativity and digital fluency skills into their courses. Activate your Adobe Creative Cloud account and learn more about training and professional development opportunities at Adobe & Arizona.

Quality Matters Workshops

We offer three workshops free of charge to the University community. These rigorous workshops are developed by QM and facilitated by Digital Learning.

  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

    This two-week online workshop is a “first peek” at the QM Rubric. In this workshop, you will learn the underlying principles of the Rubric and develop an understanding of the QM quality assurance process. Activities such as writing helpful recommendations for an actual course allow participants to gain experience applying the Rubric in authentic, yet structured, learning environments. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive an official QM certificate, and you will be eligible to participate as a reviewer in the QMIR.

  • Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

    Have you recently taught an online course that you would like to improve but aren’t quite sure how? If so, this two-week online workshop is perfect for you! The IYOC workshop offers a framework for assessing and revising your own online course. Under the guidance of workshop facilitators, you will use the QM Rubric to review your course and develop your own plan for improvement. Keep in mind that it is a prerequisite to have fully developed online course at the start of the workshop. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive an official QM certificate.

  • Inclusive Design for Everyone: Applying Standard 8 (IDE8)

    Interested in learning how to build accessible and inclusive online courses? Sign up for the workshop Inclusive Design for Everyone: Applying Standard 8 (IDE8). This workshop, developed by instructional designers at UArizona, guides instructors through General Standard 8 (Accessibility and Universal Design) of the Quality Matters Rubric. The workshop includes a deep dive into the principles and practices of Universal Design theory and offers the chance to apply this knowledge to actual courses, including your own. This workshop was designed specifically for educators working at UArizona. It is a hands-on, collaborative, and completely online two-week journey into the world of accessible, inclusive course design. If you have any experience using the QM rubric, and you would like to develop confidence in applying General Standard 8, this workshop may be a good fit for you. Please note that each participant must have a fully developed online course to review.

  • Designing Your Online Course (DYOC)

    If you need to create an online course, this workshop may be a great option for you! During the workshop, you will apply the QM Rubric to your own course design process. The workshop activities and helpful feedback from trained workshop facilitators and peers will guide you to follow core design principles, including alignment, learner engagement, and accessibility, as you think through the design your own course. Upon successful completion of the workshop, you will have created a course development plan and a course map for at least one module; these are tools which you can use throughout the rest of your course building process.

Registration is required for participation in the QM workshops.  To learn more and register for upcoming workshops, please visit Events.


We offer two boot camps for the University community that focus on online course design. 

  • GTA Boot Camp

    The Graduate Teaching Assistant Boot Camp is a fully online workshop offered through Digital Learning that focuses on online course design and spans a range of topics that include myths and misconceptions in online courses, writing strong learning objectives (and why that is important), creating engaging course activities, working with technology and various tech tools, student support and accessibility in online courses, best practices in online course design and more.

  • Adjunct Boot Camp

    This fully online and asynchronous professional development opportunity designed with adjunct instructors in mind introduces these instructors to a wide range of information, resources and services that can help support their students and successfully navigate their time at the University of Arizona. This workshop covers information about the UA, effective course design, how courses are structured and mapped out, increasing engagement in online courses, adding personal touches to fully-developed online courses, student support and accessibility considerations, and best practices in online course design.

To learn more and register for upcoming boot camps, please visit Events.