eTROY Instructional Design Faculty Development

Training & Faculty Development

Training Series

If your department, a group of faculty, or an individual wishes to explore a particular teaching approach, want training in specific areas, or is interested in a tailored faculty development experience, please contact LaKayla Moore or Scott Smith to discuss how we can work with you.

TOP Series

Teaching Online Proficiency

TOP (Teaching Online Proficiency) is the basic level online faculty Blackboard certification course for Troy University. This course is designed using the format of our online courses and will provide you with an experience similar to that experienced by online students. The TOP course is taken entirely online and is self‐paced. There are 5 modules. Each module contains reading material, assignments and a 25 question exam. The TOP Course is offered each month. Each course starts at the beginning of the month and then closes at the end of the following month.

To enroll in the TOP Course, submit a helpdesk to the Instructional Design department. (NOTE: You must have a help desk account to submit a ticket. A new account can be created at the web location above.)

External Opportunities

Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) is a training initiative by Blackboard where faculty members share the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes. BITS is free to Blackboard’s clients and is easy to participate. The program consists of weekly faculty training webinars that are taught by faculty and supported by Blackboard experts.

To view and register for upcoming BITS training sessions, click the link below.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)

The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is an online academic community. The site contains a collection of peer reviewed teaching and learning materials from many disciplines. Faculty development and communities of interest are available to members. TROY University is a member of MERLOT. For additional information about joining MERLOT, click the following links.

Becoming a Member of MERLOT


OLC Institutional Membership

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises.

Troy University is now an Online Learning Consortium Institutional Member. With this membership, individuals affiliated with Troy University gain access and discounts to resources dedicated to quality online learning. To learn more about the exciting individual and institutional benefits that come with Troy’s OLC Institutional membership, the exciting programs and services OLC has to offer, how to create an account, or how to start taking advantage of the many OLC professional development opportunities please click here for more information.

OLC College Pass

Troy University is an OLC College Pass Holder. With the college passes, 25 seats are made available for faculty and administrators to participate in OLC online workshops. Workshops formats include three week (asynchronous and synchronous), one week (asynchronous) and half-day (synchronous) sessions. The estimated time for the one-week and half- day workshop sessions is 6 hours. The estimated time frame for the three week workshops is between 13-16 hours. Hours are an estimate based on learning resources and activities in the workshops. Your initial skills and knowledge entering the event may impact the amount of time dedicated to learning in each event.

Since the seats to the online workshops are limited, LaKayla Moore will administer workshop registrations. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please email Mrs. Moore at In your email, please include the following information:

  • First and Last name
  • Name and Date of the workshop
  • Troy email address
  • Work Address (including city and state)
  • Work Phone number

For a list upcoming workshops, view the full schedule. It is searchable by date, category, track and keywords.



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