CTL Curriculum Series

The CTL Curriculum Series is composed of a wealth of programs that catalyze the teaching and learning connection at Forsyth Tech. Each subject is aligned with Quality Matters (QM) standards.

Blackboard Workshops


Learn how to create instructor contact information, upload a syllabus, create an assignment to be submitted via Blackboard, set up grading center, and embed an introduction video.

QM General Standard 1

Set up a discussion board, integrate technology, create assignments and rubrics, and establish groups. Requires Basic Blackboard competency.

QM General Standard 5

Learn how this powerful tool can be fully integrated into Blackboard with a focus on making digital course content more accessible, creating a more inclusive online environment.

QM General Standard 8

Understand and have fluency in the mechanics for using the gradebook in Blackboard. Set up, creating categories, tabulating data, assignment percentages and managing gradebook columns.

QM General Standard 3

Backwards Design

Do you have a new course to design or just an old course that needs updating?

Are you planning to start with the new textbook chapters or the material you need to cover? Let the CTL show you a different and better way to design (or re-design) your course.

In this workshop, we will discuss the principles of Backward Design which prioritize setting learning goals for your students and enabling them to demonstrate the skills you want them to learn!

QM Alignment Standards

Constructing a Teaching and Learning Philosophy

After completion of this workshop, you will have created a personal statement that describes your unique approach to teaching and learning. We will also show you how to identify further areas for reflection and growth and to develop a methodology for ongoing reflection about educational practices.


What if we could show students how to direct their own learning and put the process of problem solving in their hands? Sound impossible? It’s not!

The CTL will offer this workshop as an introduction to the concept of student centered learning, its theories, and basic principles.

QM General Standard 4 and 5

“Sink or swim.” “Make or break.” “Do or do not, there is no try.” Often times, the true test of learning is in the doing. We want to know: can our students demonstrate the skills we wanted them to learn all along?

In this workshop, we will discuss the concept of Problem Based Learning (PBL), which prompts students to identify and solve a problem directly connected to course content.

QM General Standard 4 and 5
30 / 20 / 10

In this session, we will analyze the limitations of the traditional model of single loop teaching and covering sequential materials.

Participants will create a learner centered model focused on double loop learning and a broader concept of engagement to include spiraling formative assessments, journaling and reflection.

QM General Standard 5

Improving Online Engagement

There’s more to online student engagement than that tired old discussion board. Join us as we share tips and tricks to make learner-to-learner and learner-to-instructor engagement more robust and even fun. Let’s get rid of “busy work” activities and focus in on meaningful conversation, communication, and interaction in online courses.


There are so many new technologies available to you! From Blackboard Collaborate to Ally to cutting edge video technology, you have opportunities to employ emerging technologies in your online and face-to-face classrooms to increase learner engagement and assess students in new and effective ways.

QM General Standard 6


Attendees will learn an evidence-based approach to motivate students to learn by using game design and game elements. The focus of this workshop will be on how to maximize engagement and inspire lifelong learning via gaming.

QM General Standard 5


Participants will learn about the connection between assessment, curriculum, teaching and learning. Alignment of learning outcomes to assessment will be explored, including the characteristics of a good assessment and how to know if your assessment is measuring the outcomes you want to evaluate.

QM General Standard 3

Quality Assurance of Online Education

Using the QM Quality Assurance System even in one area, or one course, begins to instill a “culture of quality” throughout the college. Get an introduction to the core components of the QM Quality Assurance System for online learning system.


Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

This workshop will guide faculty on how to apply the Quality Matters Rubric and critical elements of online, hybrid, and face-to-face course design. Learners will be able to draft helpful recommendations as they apply Quality Matters principles to an actual course. Click here to view the QM Implementation Plan.


Prep for Ranking Review

Faculty will engage in developing a methodology for sharing and storing artifacts to support their application for faculty rank. You will also learn best practices for developing and highlighting your rank applications in the areas of Teaching and Student Learning, Service to the College, Service Beyond the College and a Portfolio of Practice.


Quality Matters Self-Review Tool

The QM Self-Review tool is available for use after successful completion of the APPQMR workshop. The Self-Review tool allows you to compare your current course design to the standards of the QM Rubric, and it is the first step in Forsyth Tech’s internal peer review process.

Quality Matters
Professional Development

The impact of using QM goes far beyond the course or courses being certified. Through the CTL Quality Matters Professional Development, we engage faculty in a continuous improvement processes that offer takeaways participants can use right away.