Cleveland State University

the Center for Teaching Excellence

Faculty Handbook

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Non-traditional Teaching

eLearning (online and hybrid courses)

The Center for eLearning supports the development of high quality online and blended programs and courses at Cleveland State University. The learning management system (LMS), Blackboard, can be used to supplement traditional courses, in a blended format and for fully online courses. The Center for eLearning is a resource for all faculty interested in using educational technology to enhance learning. Faculty services provided by the Center include: instructional design services and consultations; training in Blackboard and other instructional tools; brown bag discussion series in conjunction with the Center for Teaching Excellence; lecture capture options such as Mediasite and Camtasia Relay; training in web conferencing tools for classroom learning; media digitizing services; technical support; and social media tools (wiki & blogs, etc). The Center provides additional support and customized training upon request. For more information please contact the Center for eLearning at (216) 687-3960 or

IVDL/Distance Technology

Some CSU classes are taught synchronously at a distance using Interactive Video Distance Learning (IVDL) technology; which means that both students and instructor are equipped with cameras and microphones and are (virtually) present in the same teaching/learning space at the same time. This technology allows one instructor to teach students in multiple locations simultaneously; in some cases the students are located at considerable distances from the CSU campus. Certain degree programs at CSU rely heavily on this technology, and there are several specially equipped IVDL classrooms located on the main CSU campus. For more information about IVDL in general, contact IMSS ( To learn whether or not your department or school uses IVDL technology, check with your chair or Dean. Since teaching in an IVDL setting requires a skill set above and beyond traditional classroom instruction, if you find yourself assigned to teach an IVDL class you should prepare well in advance and make arrangements for practice before beginning the semester. For instruction and assistance with IVDL teaching methodologies, contact Dr. William Beasley in the Center for Teaching Excellence (216-687-5583 or

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engaged learning
Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Center for Teaching Excellence
Main Classroom Building Room 212
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Main Classroom Building
Room MC 212
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