We know the past couple of terms have been tough and many of you may just not have had the bandwidth for adding professional development on top of so many other things going on. But as things start to slowly return to normal, there’s no better time to sign up to learn something new and ease back into the rhythms of a non-pandemic school year (we hope that will be a thing sooner rather than later–fingers crossed). Here are some places you can take a quick workshop, watch a webinar or go all out for an ed tech-focused conference. 

Workshops and Courses 

Here’s what’s going on locally at COD this fall! We’ll be offering several opportunities to learn and will add to our slate of events throughout the term.

YuJaPalooza: August 24 to September 21

Fall’s hottest learning opportunity is opening soon! Get your tickets today to learn more about using YuJa like a rock star. Each YuJa jam sesh will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and will last for 30 mins. Faculty and staff alike are welcome!

Check with our training calendar for more information and opportunities as they’re added!  


Even if you don’t want to travel just yet, there are plenty of conferences you can attend from the privacy of your own home. 


October 26-29, Philadelphia, PA/ Online 

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference showcases the best thinking in higher education IT! 

With the best presenters, the best content, and the best networking, the premier higher ed IT event brings together professionals and technology providers from around the world to share ideas, grow professionally, and discover solutions to today’s challenges.

OLC Accelerate 

Virtual: September 20-24

In-Person: October 5-8 

The OLC Accelerate conference emphasizes the most impactful research and effective practices in online, blended, and digital learning. This conference offers thousands of administrators, designers, and educators a comprehensive list of sessions and activities tailored to addressing the entire community’s challenges and goals.

Learn from hundreds of sessions, workshops, summits, and masterclasses across seven tracks:

  • Access, Equity, and Open Education
  • Blended Learning
  • Engaged and Effective Teaching and Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Leadership and Institutional Strategies
  • Research, Evaluation, and Learning Analytics
  • Technology and Future Trends

WCET Annual Meeting

Virtual: November 2, 2021

WCET’s 33rd Annual Meeting will blend the policy and practice of digital learning in a one-day virtual event. Virtual sessions will include:

  • Collaborative, solution-oriented discussions (Challenge Topics).
  • Roundtable discussions.
  • Lightning talks.
  • Breakout sessions.

SLATE Conference

November 10-12

With its recurring theme of, “Build it Better”, SLATE continues a long tradition of communication, collaboration, and innovation for all who attend. Recognizing that deployment issues, support concerns, teaching strategies, learning styles, best practices, etc. are common among the varied CMS/LMS platforms, this conference invites all faculty, system administrators, Web developers, instructional designers, librarians, students, and user support staff from institutions that are deploying and/or currently using any Web-based tools, applications, or programs, in their teaching and learning.

ION Courses 

Whether you want to pursue a Master of Online Teaching certification or just brush up on your skills, ION courses are always a great choice. Here’s what’s coming up for the fall. 

  • Blended Learning Design & Instruction 
  • Instructional Design for Online Course Development 
  • Overview of Online Instruction 
  • Practicum for Master Online Teacher Certificate
  • Student Assessment in Online Courses 
  • Quality Assurance 
  • Digital Technology
  • Universal Design 
  • Internal Advocacy for Online Leaders
  • Student Support for Online leaders 
  • Foundations of Accessibility
  • Creating Accessible Documents 

Check out the full schedule here

Webinars and More 

Adobe Education Exchange

Adobe Education Exchange is a great place to learn how to use Adobe products (free for all COD employees) to build content in your courses or to engage with students. 

Education Week Webinars

While sometimes geared more towards K-12, there are plenty of topics that are broad enough to engage higher ed professionals, too. 

ASCD Webinars

Again, while sometimes more K-12 driven, these webinars offer advice on teaching from experts, with tips and tools that can also work in higher ed.

OLC Webinars

The OLC offers a wide range of webinars on teaching and technology. If you can’t attend, you can also access the recordings. 

Have something else you think should be on the list? Email us and we’ll add it and feature it in an upcoming newsletter.