State and federal regulations require the university to certify online courses to meet course review standards. Online courses at Seattle University are unique in that CDLI has rooted those standards in Ignatian Pedagogy – the foundational approach to education at Seattle University. Even if you have not designed or developed the course you are teaching, it’s important to understand these underlying design principles and standards. These pages will help you understand out how course review works as well as the standards courses must meet in our Online Course Review Checklist.
Since Seattle University online courses are designed to meet state, federal and program-specific requirements, any substantial changes must be reviewed and re-certified to ensure the course continues to meet those standards. Contact CDLI to work with an instructional designer if you need to make substantial changes.
All online courses taught at Seattle University use the Canvas learning management system. Faculty teaching an online course should sign up for virtual or in-person Canvas Basics course immediately. This training will give you a strong technical foundation, including knowledge of best practices for communication, the gradebook, giving feedback, managing groups, and editing content. If you can’t find a scheduled session that works for you, reach out to CDLI for a one-on-one session.
After completing Canvas Basics, you are encouraged to sign up for workshops that take deeper dives into topics such as:
Seattle University has 24/7 Canvas Support with a dedicated line for all faculty and students. Details about Canvas Support as well as support for general teaching technology can be found in the CDLI Help Center.
You are also welcome to sign up for an Individual Consultation with one of our instructional technologists or designers to help with your course facilitation process.
Faculty interested in developing their own fully online course should submit their names and courses to their dean's office to be nominated for the next course design cohort. Check out the Online Course Development and Review process for more details.