Come meet the team!

ETL houses Academic Technologies, Online Learning, and the Collaborative Learning Center. Whatever your need for developing and enhancing your course curricula, we've got you covered every step of the way! We're located in Suite 129 on the first floor of the Shelby Center (SST), nestled between the Charger Union and Student Services Building and at the campus' main entrance.

Fall Workshop Series

The ETL staff spent the summer planning a robust schedule of opportunities for faculty to "come grow with us" as we embark on a new academic year! Check out these offerings and mark your calendar now to ensure your availability! Be on the lookout for a special announcement coming next month regarding National Distance Learning Week when they have posted their schedule. Learn more on the NDLW Website! Special NDLW announcements will be made when available.

Fall Workshop Registration

Universal Design & ADA Accessibility (Friday, 10/25, 10–11:30 am)

Attend this session to learn how to develop course content and other digital media that promotes deep engagement for diverse learners both with and without special needs for accommodation. Learn how Universal Design for Learning benefits all students and steps you can take toward ensuring that your digital course content meets ADA accessibility standards.

(Presenters: Kelly Cothran, Disability Support Services and Tess Olten)

Assessment for Learning (Tuesday, 11/5, 12:00–2:00 pm)

Learn to determine whether you are assessing for learning or for compliance and how to craft assessment strategies that both measure AND improve learning outcomes for each of your students. Brownbag lunch welcome, planned as part of National Distance Learning Week.

(Presenters: Mary McManus and Tess Olten)

Course Alignment: Objective to Outcome (Friday, 11/22, 10–11:30 am)

When course and module learning objectives are specific and measurable, the assessment strategy and learning activities all fall right into place in the development of a course for any delivery modality. Attendees will learn the five variables involved in course alignment and how to apply "backward design" to ensure that every element of the course aligns from objective to outcome!

(Presenter: Tess Olten)

Screencast-o-Matic Workshops

Screencast-o-Matic sessions are scheduled for the first Friday of each month throughout Fall semester. Beginner orientations will be from 10 am to 12 pm and a NEW advanced Screencast-o-Matic editing workshop is being added for the Fall. One must have completed the initial orientation in order to attend the advanced sessions, which are offered 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm on the first Friday of each month as well. If you have any questions, please email

(Presenter: Tess Olten)

Screencast-O-Matic Registration

QEPO - Online Instructor Certification

Any faculty member interested in developing a course for online delivery is strongly encouraged to enroll in the required QEPO online instructor training as soon as possible, which is open for enrollment on a rolling basis. Course development coincides with QEPO in that you will work on your own course through the assignments. For more information, contact helpdesk@uah.eduYou need not have approval to take QEPO, but you do need departmental approval to develop an online course for delivery at UAH. QEPO Registration

National Distance Learning Week

National Distance Learning Week is scheduled for November 4–8, and the schedule of events will be posted soon! Stay tuned!

The Collaborative Learning Center Needs Your Voice

Please fill out the faculty survey on collaborative learning in your class. We need the information you are providing to demonstrate we are executing our QEP as part of our SACSCOC accreditation.  Even if you are not doing collaborative learning, please take the survey.

If you are interested in incorporating or expanding  collaborative learning in your course but don’t have a good idea of how to do it or time to research it, please contact the Collaborative Learning Center at x5203 or

Canvas Southeast Users' Group to Meet in Auburn this October

Auburn University will host the Canvas SouthEast Users Group on Oct 10, 2019.  This is a regional meeting of Canvas users and administrators, with the purpose of sharing ideas, tips, tricks about Canvas. Learn about different ways to use Canvas for your teaching and how to administer Canvas more effectively, efficiently, or innovatively. Canvas Users' Group Registration

Canvas Updates

Adding Users to Courses

If you need to manually enroll a faculty member or TA in Canvas, please use the role titled "TA" or "Faculty." Do not use the "Teacher" role. Adjustments have been made to the Canvas/Banner sync, and "Teachers" must now be enrolled in the course via Banner.

Canvas Commons

We are excited to announce a new tool now available for UAH faculty: Canvas Commons. Commons is a learning object repository that enables faculty to find, import, and share digital resources. The Student Success Center (SSC) and Enhanced Teaching and Learning (ETL) are working to develop resources for faculty that can be used across disciplines. This video provides an overview of how to access this new tool.

New Gradebook

Canvas has developed a New Gradebook and it will become the global default in January 2020. The New Gradebook has a lot of exciting new features that will be helpful for instructors. To learn more, view this informational video, read over the product FAQs, or review the New Gradebook tutorials in the Canvas Guides.

Image Cards for Courses

Ready to add some visual interest to the Canvas Dashboard for you and your students? Course image cards are now available for instructors to enable. Simply turn on the course Feature Option titled, "Enable Dashboard Images for Courses." Then, add an image via your course's Settings page.

Did you know?

There are four faculty workstations available in ETL for booking by faculty on the run. Check availability and make a reservation by sending an email request to The workstations are located in Suite 129 of the Shelby Center (SST) adjacent to ETL offices.

Until next time...

As always, upcoming training opportunities are listed on the UAH Events Calendar.
If you have any questions about the above information or if you would like to schedule a meeting with a member of the ETL team, please contact the OIT Help Desk (256.824.3333;
Watch in October for news of National Distance Learning Week in November!