LOTI & Course Enhancement

Longwood Online Technology Institute:

Longwood Online Technology Institute (LOTI) is a faculty development program designed to enhance teaching and learning at Longwood University. LOTI provides faculty with the skills and technical support necessary to develop quality hybrid and online courses or programs and is required for all faculty who teach online/hybrid for Longwood. LOTI fosters exploration of innovative approaches to designing online experiences that promote a learning community, learning outcomes and utilization of multimedia technology.

Longwood Training Requirement to Teach Hybrid or Online Courses:
All faculty (including adjunct faculty) who teach an online or hybrid course must be enrolled in LOTI prior to teaching the course and must complete all aspects of the training experience before they are permitted to teach additional online or hybrid courses.  All faculty and adjunct faculty are invited to apply, even if you are not currently scheduled to teach online or hybrid courses.

LOTI is for faculty members who:

  • are new to the University OR
  • have never had online/hybrid training OR
  • have never had online/hybrid training and have been asked to teach an existing online/hybrid course OR
  • have had previous LOTI training but wish to become online teaching certified through the new training program


Course Enhancement Program:
The Course Enhancement program is an extension of LOTI, is optional for faculty, and is geared toward the individual applicant. During the Course Enhancement, accepted faculty select one online/hybrid course to enhance or re-design. Faculty then work one-on-one with an instructional designer from the DEC to re-design the course, improve student engagement, incorporate specific instructional technology, etc.  

The Course Enhancement Program is for faculty members who:

  • are current Longwood University faculty
  • have successfully completed LOTI
  • have taught at least one online/hybrid course at Longwood University
  • have a serious interest in re-designing a course


LOTI and Course Enhancement participants will be paid a one-time $500 stipend after successful completion of all required training elements. Please Note: Faculty who register and successfully complete subsequent sessions of LOTI and Course Enhancement will only receive stipend pay if it has been more than five years since the last completed LOTI or Course Enhancement session. Also, if you are taking LOTI and are not currently teaching a course for Longwood University, you will not receive the completion stipend until you are an active Longwood University faculty member.

Instructor(s): Ashley Leslie, Marcus Christian
Format: 8 weeks online
Session: 1 session per academic semester (fall, intersession, spring, summer)

In order to be an online instructor, faculty first need to be proficient in the technology provided to facilitate online and hybrid courses.  LOTI topics  include:

  • Introduction to Canvas (student and instructor view)
  • Announcements
  • Discussion Boards
  • Tests and Quizzes
  • Grade Book and grading with percentages
  • Course Archives


Course Enhancement- Optional
Instructor(s): Julie Mersiowsky, Marcus Christian, Ashley Leslie
Format: individual for each participant; typically 2-4 months; combination of f2f and online
Session: 1 session per academic semester (fall, spring, summer)

This training covers a variety of pedagogical best practices in online education and course design creation that meets the unique needs of individual faculty.  Based on Quality Matters national standards, participants will build actual course content to be used in an online or hybrid course.  Topics in this course may include:

  • Course Overview
  • Learning Objectives
  • Assessment and Measurement
  • Resources and Materials (external online resources i.e. wikis, Google Apps, You Tube, etc.)
  • Learner Engagement
  • Course Technology
  • Learner Support
  • Accessibility/ADA Compliance
  • Administrative best practices


Course Review
Completion of the above  programs requires classes to be evaluated according to the Quality Matters Standards.  Online instructors will be observed in their online or hybrid class environments and will receive written feedback on their proficiency with technology and course design.



Q: What is LOTI? A: LOTI is the Longwood Online Technology Institute. The purpose of LOTI is to help train and support faculty who wish to teach in online and hybrid formats. LOTI is now comprised of two parts, online teaching certification and a course review. Q: How do I get training to teach online or …

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