Professional Development Resources

OTTL encourages faculty to seek out additional learning opportunities about online teaching and learning with these premier and highly respected organizations. They offer conferences, webinars, research, tips, tools, and a host of other things to support faculty and instructional design professionals in their quest for online teaching and learning excellence.

Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) external website is the premiere organization dedicated to advancing high quality online and blended learning experiences through research, professional development, sharing of best practices. OLC provides a variety of quality scorecards external website on various aspects of online program administration, which is the hallmark of their work. They have two annual conferences, offer numerous webinars (including free ones) and online workshops, and conduct and archive numerous research studies related to online teaching and learning, among other things. Check them out an create an account to stay up on the latest information in online teaching and learning.

Quality Matters

Quality Matters external website is a professional organization dedicated to promoting and improving the quality of online education and student learning. They have developed a scalable quality assurance system that helps organizations ensure a consistent level of quality across courses. Annual and regional conferences are a great way to learn more about the QM quality rubric. Learn more about all that QM has to offer external website. Wilkes University is a proud member of Quality Matters. OTTL follows their quality standards in our design approach.

BrightSpace Fusion

BrightSpace Fusion external website is the annual user conference for D2Ls BrightSpace platform. It is attended by all types of users from system administrators to faculty presenting their research about online teaching and learning.


EDUCAUSE external website is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. They offer a wide variety of programs and resources for professional development, research, analytics and advocacy all related to educational technology. Educause has two initiatives related to teaching and learning specifically, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and the Next Generation Learning Challenge. Wilkes University is a member of EDUCAUSE.

U.S. Distance Learning Administration

USDLA external website, through its mission of "supporting the development and application of distance learning" focuses on all legislation impacting the distance learning community and its varied constituencies.