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DEEP DIVE: Designing Instruction for Virtual Engagement


Building on the interest of DIVE, the Baylor Learning Design Team created DEEP DIVE (Designing Instruction for Virtual Engagement), a six-week program for faculty to explore an in-depth learning experience focused on advancing their teaching skills across different modalities. Whether teaching in-person or online, this six-week program offers valuable insights and tools to help faculty discover their teaching strengths, engage students effectively, optimize learning outcomes, and create inclusive and engaging learning communities in all learning environments.

Registration for Spring 2024 is open!

Facilitating the Spring 2024 certification are:

  • Dr. Kayla Collins, Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Curriculum for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program
  • Yue Ma, Senior Learning Experience Designer

Total Time: 30-35 hours over six weeks (about 5 hours per week).


Steps to Completion

  1. Apply to the program – priority acceptance will be granted to fifteen full-time faculty members, with any remaining spots available for part-time faculty.
  2. Complete six-week-long modules that include a 1-hour online synchronous discussion. The synchronous session attendance is required to be considered for acceptance into the program. These meetings will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in Spring 2024


Spring 2024

Session 1: Discover Your Teaching Strength Across Modalities

February 7, 8-9 am

Session 2: Designing for the Right Student Persona

February 14, 8-9 am

Session 3: Designing Learning for All

February 21, 8-9 am

Session 4: Online Learning Activities

February 28, 8-9 am

Session 5: Future of Teaching

March 13, 8-9 am

Session 6: Evaluating Quality for Effective Online Learning

March 20, 8-9 am


What are the differences between the DIVE and DEEP DIVE programs?

DIVE concentrates on the science of designing online courses, offering participants practical strategies and techniques for creating and teaching effective online courses. It encompasses systematic practices for designing courses that engage and educate students.

DEEP DIVE delves into the fundamental principles that underpin course design and teaching across different modalities. It goes beyond the 'how' and explores the 'why.' This program empowers educators to make more informed decisions and create courses that prioritize a student-centered approach.

Who can participate?

The DEEP DIVE program is designed especially for full-time faculty, but part-time faculty may participate on a “stand-by” basis.  To ensure a quality experience for all we are limiting each cohort to 15 faculty members. Upon completion, participants will earn a Baylor DEEP DIVE Digital Badge of Completion through Credly.

How can I register?
If you have questions, please email the Learning Design team at  Otherwise, click the button below to register.


If you are interested in DEEP DIVE, but unable to attend due to the date and time of the sessions, please email us at and we can add you to the waitlist for the next DEEP DIVE offering.

When can I access the DEEP DIVE course in Canvas?

The DEEP DIVE course becomes available on the first day of class. The spring cohort starts on February 5th, 2024. However, the course can be open and accessible prior to its scheduled start date. Participants will be notified via email when the course is accessible.

Can I withdraw from DEEP DIVE?

We will accept withdrawals from DEEP DIVE up until the first day of classes for the semester DEEP DIVE is offered. Due to the limited spots for the DEEP DIVE Certificate, we encourage you to complete the program once it starts. If you choose to withdraw after the start of the program, wait-listed faculty members will be disadvantaged and miss out on the DEEP DIVE offering.

Module Descriptions

Module 1: Discover Your Teaching Strength Across Modalities

Faculty will reflect on their current teaching practices across different modalities, identify areas for improvement, and create personalized teaching strength profiles that highlight their core competencies.

Module 2: Designing for the Right Student Persona

Participants will craft personalized learning experiences that cater to student needs, and adopt appropriate strategies for designing student-centered learning experiences.

Module 3: Designing Learning for All

Faculty will explore Universal Design for Learning principles to create accessible and equitable learning environments for all learners.

Module 4: Community through the Power of Collaboration

This module emphasizes the importance of fostering a strong community through effective collaborative activities, encouraging meaningful interactions among students.

Module 5: Future of Teaching

Faculty will delve into innovative tools and emerging trends, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), gamification, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and more. They will discuss the rationale behind their choices of adopting the cutting-edge technologies and explore how these tools can enhance teaching effectiveness and elevate student engagement.

Module 6: Evaluating Quality for Effective Online Learning

Participants will assess the quality of their courses, ensuring continuous improvement and success in their teaching endeavors.

Additional opportunities associated with designing and teaching online courses include:

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