SUNY Canton Online

Professional Development

Workshops and Training

Course Development Workshops and Webinars


Faculty Mentors


Course Design Institute

The Institute will guide you through a variety of topics related to online course development. You will learn about accessibility, best instructional design practices, and designing courses to meet SUNY Canton OSCQR standards.

The Course Design Institute has three tiers. To learn more about the Institute, please visit our Course Design Institute publication.


Many instructors have been working hard to complete the Center for Learning Design, Innovation and Online instruction's Course Development Institute. Level 3 – Influencer of the Course Development Institute asks that participants serve as a mentor for a colleague completing the course development process. The following instructors have served as a mentor and made a positive influence on SUNY Canton’s online course quality. Be sure to read the testimonials from their mentees!

Course Development

Course Development

Online Course Development Shell Form 


Creating Accessible Content

Create Accessible Products (by Section
Accessibility Guides and Tutorials (by Suffolk County Community College)
Tips for Accessible Course Design
Ally FAQ
Enable Automatic Captions (ASR) in Panopto 
Eliminating “junk code” from your Blackboard items



College-approved Required Online Syllabus
CLDIOI OSCQR-friendly Syllabus (optional)
CLDIOI Course Schedule template (optional)


Course Development Tips

Blackboard Learn – Getting Started
Blackboard Learn Assignments
Blackboard Learn Discussion Boards 


Fall 2020 Planning


Time on Task

Online courses focus on total time on task to mirror ‘seat time’ in traditional instruction and the conventional academic credit model (in which one college credit requires 15 hours of classroom time plus two additional hours of homework time per hour of classroom time). For example, time on task for viewing three, 15-minute lectures (text or video), with web links would equal 1 hr. Posting to discussions (original post, responses to three classmates’ posts, responses to responses) would equal 2 hours. Small group project meetings (web conference or asynchronous discussion) would equal 1 hour. The College’s Center for Learning Design, Innovation, and Online Instruction provides faculty with guidance on converting online learning activities to time on task to calculate equivalent hours to meet the requirements of the academic credit model. Students complete no less than three hours of equivalent work per credit per week in online courses.




The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires all institutions receiving federal financial aid to "publish," in time for registration, a list of all required and recommended books and other course materials for all classes offered at the institution.

Approved Online Courses

Online Learning Review Committee (OLRC)

FLEX Course Review

FLEX courses must be fully developed for online delivery in accordance with the College approved OSCQR Rubric, with the exception of lecture recordings. Recorded lectures should be posted following class sessions and must be accessible (i.e., have to be captioned) once posted to the course. Course Developers may include a "Lecture Recording" content folder in each module when designing FLEX courses. In addition, it is recommended written lecture notes are present in the course at the time of review.


Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Rights

Copyright protection is automatic and begins when your work is permanently recorded. This means that you can't copyright your ideas, only the recorded product of your ideas. You are not required to include a copyright statement or register your copyright but there are advantages to doing so (needed if taking legal action, less appealing to plagiarism sites that upload faculty materials). The Library can provide assistance and resources on copyright rules and responsibilities.

Emerging Technologies


Online Student Support

Center for Learning Design, Innovation, and Online Instruction Staff

Tonka Jokelova

Tonka Jokelova

Director of Online Learning
(315) 386-7217

Jerry Bartlett

Jerry Bartlett

Learning Systems Manager
(315) 386-7963

Mat Nichols

Mat Nichols

Instructional Technologist
(315) 386-7303

David Scovil

David Scovil

Online Learning Technician
(315) 386-7190

Allison Bond

Allison Bond

Instructional Designer
(315) 386-7452

Benjamin Rawdon

Instructional Designer
(315) 386-7902

Blackboard Course Management System

SUNY Canton uses Blackboard's cutting-edge course management system to deliver hundreds of courses each semester.

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