Self-Paced and Self-Serve Resources

The SUNY Online Teaching unit promotes professional development in a variety of modes to best fit institutional or individual needs. As we develop our online competency development curriculum and portfolio of training options, we consider delivery options including: face to face instruction delivered regionally, online facilitated instruction, online webinars, and online self-paced courses.

Self-paced professional development options are currently available and being developed for some of our training courses and programs. Your institution may have policies and procedures for online professional development. Please be sure to check with your institution before engaging with these resources or completing any online teaching professional development.

Self-paced instruction is not for everyone. You might want to check to see if self-paced instruction is right for you.

Be sure to check with your campus-based online instructional designer to see what tools, resources, and support are available to you, and what policies and procedures may be required for you to teach online and before beginning any self-paced or self-serve activities.


Current list of available self-paced online professional development options:

  1. New Online Faculty Resources
  2. Remote/Flexible Instruction
  3. Bb Course Templates
  4. Common Cartridges v1.1 , v1.2*
    1. Moodle – TBD
    2. Canvas – TBD
    3. Brightspace – TBD
  5. Asynchronous Online Resources
  6. Online Course Quality
  7. Micro Learning Video Playlists for new and experienced Online Faculty & IDs

New Online Faculty Resources

Interested in Teaching Online? – self-paced course.

Online Faculty Readiness – self-assessment resource.

Fully Online Courses for Observation in Various Disciplines | Exemplar Fully Online Courses for Observation – requires SUNY login.


Remote/Flexible Instruction

Online Mode Decision Tree for new/remote faculty – Draft Instructional Mode Decision Tree (not compatible with Internet Explorer).

Checklist for Remote Teaching

Discipline-Specific Resources


Bb Course Templates – These are zip files of course templates that can be downloaded/imported into Bb and adapted for for use by campuses and faculty.

Template Guide – some notes to guide the set-up and campus customization of the templates below.

  • Synchronous Online Instruction using Zoom Template – a Bb zip file of a course template that can be downloaded/imported into Bb and adapted for primarily Synchronous Mode using Zoom.
  • Synchronous Online Instruction using Collaborate (Ultra) Template – a Bb zip file of a course template that can be downloaded/imported into Bb and adapted for primarily Synchronous mode using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
  • Synchronous Online Instruction using WebX Template – TBD
  • Hybrid/Blended Instruction Template – a Bb zip file of a course template that can be downloaded/imported into Bb and adapted for a Hybrid/Blended mode of instruction- which blends face-to-face, and Synchronous and/or Asynchronous online instruction (designed for customization to include either Zoom or Collaborate Ultra activities, and adaptable for a Hyflex model).
  • Asynchronous Online Instruction Template – a Bb zip file of a course template that can be downloaded/imported into Bb and adapted for a Fully Online Asynchronous mode of instruction.
  • MCC template June 2020 – a Bb zip file of a course template that can be downloaded/impoorted into Bb and adapted. NEW

Common Cartridges – for download and import as a course cartridge.

NOTE: The Common Cartridge* Bb files version 1.1  have been successfully imported into MOODLE.

* Common Cartridge Bb files will allow you to import the templates into an LMS other than Bb.

The 1.2 versions (below) were not successfully imported into MOODLE – June 2020.


MOODLE Course Templates – under development.

Canvas Course Templates – under development.

Brightspace Course Templates – under development.


Asynchronous Online Resources – for fully online asynchronous instruction.

Online Teaching HandbookStep by step manual for online (asynchronous) course design. Companion handbook to the N2OL courses below.

Online Course Design – Resources for traditional fully online asynchronous teaching and learning.

New to Online Learning (N2OL) Self-Paced – Bb zip – course that can be downloaded/imported into Bb and adapted for self-paced training of faculty (for online asynchronous instruction).

New to Online Learning (N2OL) Facilitated – Bb zip – a course that can be downloaded/imported into Bb and adapted as a facilitated training of faculty (for online asynchronous instruction).


Online Course Quality

OSCQR – Online Course Quality Rubric

Online Teaching Presence self-assessment resource


Micro Learning Video Playlists
SUNY Online Playlists for new and experienced online Faculty and IDs


Check to see what resources your SUNY Campus has in place to support your online teaching and learning professional development.


SUNY Online Teaching resources are provided free of charge, and openly licensed with a cc-by for adoption and adaptation by anyone regardless of SUNY affiliation.

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