Professional Development

The goal of TROY Online Faculty Development is to implement programs that provide TROY faculty members/instructors with the skills and knowledge to design and create an online learning environment contributing to student learning outcomes, engagement, attainment of learning goals, retention, job readiness, and knowledge. Through a variety of educational platforms including training workshops and webinars, Lunch and Learns, the Kung Fu Canvas course, and one-on-one training sessions, we are able to facilitate the success of new online faculty/instructors and provide continuing professional development opportunities for all instructors, both on campus and online, who deliver content in the online environment. Our hands-on approach provides practical solutions faculty can use to create online classrooms that are collaborative, interactive, engaging and rich in feedback.

Development Opportunities

TROY Online Faculty Development

Canvas Certification Training

In order to comply with SACS standards, all instructors who wish to teach online or web-enhanced courses must first be Canvas certified. Completing Canvas certification will also help you understand the best way to utilize Canvas for online course delivery. You will need to take the Kung Fu Canvas Certification course to become Canvas certified:
The Kung Fu Canvas course is an online self-paced course. If you complete the course and become a Black Belt in canvas you will be able to utilize the Canvas LMS for your online or on-campus course. If you would like to enroll in Kung Fu Canvas, please send an email to Your email should contain your Full Name, Faculty ID #, and the College you are teaching for.

Customized Canvas Training

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

External Professional Development Opportunities

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


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 Troys 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.

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.