Faculty Course Development Cohorts

Each fall and spring terms, the College of General Studies (CGS) hosts a multi-month long interdisciplinary cohort of CGS-affiliated instructors who are embarking on the online (re)-design of their courses for the college’s academic programs. Faculty course developers work collaboratively and individually with a team of instructional designers and teaching & learning consultants and meet as a group three times during the cohort program. Participants examine established standards and best practices in instructional design; explore innovative ways for creating engaging and effective online experiences; self-assess and peer-review each other’s courses; and produce a fully developed online course in the Canvas Learning Management system.

Cohort Highlights

CGS Canvas Demo Course

Online | Asynchronous
Certificate of Completion

Training Workshops

Canvas Training Workshops

Remote | Teaching Center
Beginner | Advanced
Virtual Meetings

Interactive Cohort Meetings

Online | Synchronous
Attend two out of three
Group of Experts

'Team of Experts' Support

Instructional Design |
Online Pedagogy


Collaborative Learning Community

Up to 10 faculty |
Individualized Attention

Quality Review of Courses

Midpoint | Final

What our faculty participants say:

The CGS Online Faculty Learning Community provides a highly personalized experience for faculty seeking to strengthen their online teaching. The cohort model provides a supportive, collaborative atmosphere, while the designated mile markers along the way encourage productivity and accountability without feeling rushed. 

One of my favorite aspects of this community is how faculty across different disciplines can compare their approaches to student engagement, assignment sequencing, Canvas course shell organization, and more, which I find particularly helpful whether forging a foundation for a new class or bringing a fresh online perspective to an established face-to-face course.

Megan Kappel, English Composition

Megan Kappel previously directed the Public & Professional Writing (PPW) Program and served as an Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies for the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and the College of General Studies. She enjoys strengthening her pedagogy and instructional design skills through the resources offered here at Pitt and recommends them for anyone interested in becoming a more effective and engaging educator.