SUNY Canton Online

Faculty Resources

This page contains resources beneficial to faculty teaching and developing courses. Some items specific to SUNY Canton require authentication.

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Professional Development

Workshops and Training

Brightspace Webinars

Please keep an eye out for updates from CLDIOI regarding Fall 2024 trainings!

For past webinar recordings and other resources, please check out our Instructor Resources shell. For more information on how to access this shell, please view our Instructor Resources Shell Access Instructions.

Faculty Mentors

Course Design and Instruction Faculty Mentors - If you would like assistance with the development or instruction of your online course, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our wonderful Mentors.

Brightspace MentoROOS - If you would like to work with a mentor in Brightspace, please check out our list of Brightspace MentoROOS.

CLDIOI Shining Stars


Many instructors have been working hard to complete the Center for Learning Design, Innovation and Online instruction's Course Design Institute. Level 3 – Influencer of the Course Design 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!

Gradebook Gladiator

Gradebook Gladiators: Unleash Your Grading Power

Our Gradebook Gladiators have successfully completed the Gradebook Gladiators: Unleash Your Grading Power certification program with SUNY Canton’s Center for Learning Design, Innovation, and Online Instruction. Gladiators have successfully created and submitted two efficient and well-designed Brightspace gradebooks AND attended a gradebook editing session!

Accessibility Challenge

Digital Accessibility Advocates

Campus members who successfully completed the Digital Accessibility Challenge become SUNY Canton Digital Accessibility Advocates. The Challenge task is to create a document containing accessible headings, a list, an image, and a url link, and email it to The Challenge explores these digital accessibility topics  (please note the handouts are being edited to reflect our current LMS):

OSCQR Certified Faculty

CLDIOI and the Online Learning Committee (OLC) hosted a SUNY Canton OSCQR Certification program. Several faculty members completed the program and became SUNY Canton OSCQR Certified Faculty.

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)
Accessibility in Brightspace
Tips for Accessible Course Design
Ally FAQ
Video: Ally is Your Ally
Accessible Powerpoint
How to Enable Automatic Captions (ASR) in Panopto 
Media Captioning Request Form (for ASR-enabled Panopto videos)
Sharing Panopto videos in courses



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


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.




Federal Textbook Adoption Dates:

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 Committee (OLC)

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


  • Ally (Accessibility Tool in Brightspace)
  • Grammarly (Online proofreading and editing tool)
  • ReadSpeaker (Accessibility and translation tool in Brightspace)
  • Draft Coach by Turnitin