Professional Development for Teaching Online

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At every level of Professional Development, from beginners to advanced, the Center for Distributed Learning offers a variety of services for faculty. Learn the Essentials of Webcourses@UCF at your own pace, or join the award winning IDL6543 for credentialing to teach a fully online or mixed mode course. Want more out of Teaching Online? Keep current with Faculty Seminars geared to making your Webcourses@UCF course a Chuck Dziuban Award winner.


ADL5000 is a non-credit, online course for faculty who want to teach an existing online course. ADL5000 addresses many (but certainly not all) of the important pedagogical, logistical, and technological issues involved in delivering effective online courses.

DLI7836: Digital Learning STEM Institute

DLI7836: Digital Learning STEM Institute is a non-credit course for faculty provided by UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) as a part of the overall Course Redesign Initiative. DLI7836 is an alternative, but equal, credential to the IDL6543 faculty development program, with a focus on STEM disciplines to design courses for the online (W), mixed-mode …

Effective Teaching with Video (ETV)

Effective Teaching with Video (ETV) is a self-paced professional development course designed to prepare faculty to deliver a successful, quality video ("V") course that is grounded in core online learning best practices and research.

Essentials of Webcourses@UCF

Essentials of Webcourses@UCF is self-paced, just-in-time online training for anyone who wishes to learn the tools and functionality of the university’s learning management system (LMS), Canvas by Instructure.

Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching

These stand-alone seminars are offered periodically for collegial dialogue around best practices in online teaching. They are co-presented by the Center for Distributed Learning and members of the UCF teaching faculty.


HQR4444 is a self-paced, online training course for faculty who wish to engage in a High Quality online course review.


IDL6543 is an award-winning, non-credit course for faculty provided by UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning (CDL). IDL6543 models how to teach online using a combination of seminars, labs, consultations, and web-based instruction and is delivered in an M (mixed) mode.


Refresh, expand, or enhance your online teaching experiences with IDL7000.


PAL5000 is a faculty training course focusing on teaching with adaptive learning technologies using existing courseware. Based on the selected platform, instructors work with PAL instructional designers and relevant vendor support to complete the course activities. Course Objectives Register for PAL5000 If you are interested in adopting adaptive technologies in your teaching, please contact the …


The Center for Distributed Learning’s newest faculty development program for online courses, PAL6000, is now available to IDL6543 graduates or OFRA-certified instructors who wish to design and facilitate an adaptive course using Realizeit at UCF. PAL6000 is designed to provide information related to pedagogical, logistical and technical aspects of teaching adaptive courses.

Panopto Essentials

Panopto Essentials is training for faculty credentialed to teach online who would like to incorporate some asynchronous content delivery using the online delivery platform, Panopto.

UCF Online Teaching Credentials

Curious about which type of courses you can teach here at UCF? Refer to this page to learn about the various professional development offerings needed to teach online or blended courses here at UCF.

Webcourses@UCF Training

Webcourses@UCF training workshops are available to all faculty, staff and teaching assistants employed by UCF. Request workshops on using Webcourses@UCF, as well as related tools like Honorlock.

Zoom Essentials

Zoom Essentials is a self-enroll course intended for experienced online faculty who have already completed IDL6543 or TLC or have completed ADL5000 and have taught for at least three different semesters online. It is a self-paced experience for faculty who want to migrate or build face-to-face/blended course elements of classroom instruction for synchronous remote delivery using Zoom. The time commitment for completion is 2-4 hours.