FSU Resources:

Online course transition Resources


    •  The FSU Office of Distance Learning (ODL) website offers a wealth of information, including a step-by-step guidetrainings, and other resources to assist in the process of moving face-to-face courses to an online format.

      **PIE will be creating a collaborative interdisciplinary community via Canvas where you can join us for virtual office hours, access online tutorials & trainings, and a host of other resources to support you and your students in the online transition. Stay tuned for registration information!

      Practical resource for moving your face-to-face course online:  Dr. Vanessa Dennen, Professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies, FSU

      • Dr. Dennen welcomes requests to add additional topics, please contact here here:

    Resources from the Office of Distance Learning/PIE Emergency Online Training Proactive Training Course:

    To support instructors needing to make a quick transition to utilizing an online environment, ACUE is offering a set of free resources — ACUE’s Online Teaching Resources — that can be immediately put to use to make that transition a smoother one for both instructors and their students.  

    View New Online Teaching Resources Here

    The resources are divided into six key topic areas for teaching online:

    • Welcoming students to the online environment
    • Managing your online presence
    • Organizing your online course
    • Planning and facilitating quality discussions
    • Recording effective microlectures
    • Engaging students in readings and microlectures

    Connectivity for students who don't have it (list compiled at Colorado College):

    • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
    • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
    • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
    • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
    • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
    • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (others likely will follow).
    • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (others likely will follow).

    Check this page section frequently for updates.




    Midterm Evaluations


    Note to all TAs: Schedule a Midterm Evaluation/Teaching Assessment by Students (TABS)!

    This lesser-known but extremely useful service is offered by the Office of Distance Learning (ODL). TAs can use TABS to get feedback from their students that closely mirrors the final evaluations that will be administered at the end of the semester. That feedback can be used to improve the course before it's too late and raise the TA's final course evaluation scores! It is important to note, however, that unlike course evaluations, TABS is not a tool for evaluating job performance or making personnel decisions - it doesn't go into any personnel folder, and is the property of the instructor. TABS should only be used for formative evaluation of teaching and learning. Click here to learn more.




    International TA Resources
    • The Center for Global Engagement (GLOBE) offers a number of useful resources for international TAs, including workshops on how to bridge the culture gap in the classroom, mandatory orientation for new international teaching assistants, English Conversation Club, and an International Coffee Hour. Click here to view the Center for Global Engagement's calendar of events.
    • The Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) offers English courses for international TAs and workshops for international TAs . CIES also coordinates a conversation partner program between students who are native speakers of American English and foreign students.
    • The Office of Proposal Development (OPD) offers copy editing services for researchers who speak English as a second language. It's easy to get frustrated when writing grant proposals, and when English is not your first language, it can be even more daunting. Your proposal will be reviewed for grammar, punctuation, and clarity. If you would like to know more about this service, please contact Emily Hutcheson in the Office of Proposal Development at




    Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)


    You are not alone in supporting your students! The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers FREE tutoring, study groups and review sessions for your students. They also offer personal academic consultations and even a course (SLS 1122 Strategies for Academic Success) to help struggling students adjust to the university learning environment and be successful in it.




    University Libraries




    University Libraries offer several services to support TAs:

    • Library Express Delivery delivers books and videos from all FSU Libraries and books requested through UBorrow and Interlibrary Loan to faculty and TAs in their departmental office. Articles from print journals in the Libraries' collection will be scanned and emailed upon request.
    • Supplemental materials for courses may be placed on course reserve for the semester when the course is offered. Books and videos/DVDs may be items from the Libraries' collection or personal copies belonging to the instructor.
    • Subject librarians have put together extensive research guides on hundreds of subjects. These guides may be a useful way for your students to begin their research. A new research guide may be created for your course upon request.





    Preparing Future Professionals (PFP)


    To prepare graduate students for professions outside of academia, the Graduate School offers the Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) Certificate that includes coursework, professional development workshops, an internship/practicum or interviews in the field, and resume and portfolio development. To learn more about this program, visit here.




    Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)


    The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program assists Florida State's doctoral students and other graduate students for the rigors of faculty work and other positions in academia. To learn more, visit this link



    The University Registrar website contains a variety of helpful links for Florida State University Staff. To learn more, visit this link.



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