Core Competency Resources: Educational Technology

This MSU Extension competency area focuses on:

  • Delivering content in formal and informal educational contexts using appropriate strategies and methods based on the target audience.
  • Staying current with innovations in educational technology and adopts these technologies as appropriate, using modern theories in teaching and learning. (e.g., being an early adopter or tester of innovative tools).

Below are professional development resources, training session, and activities you may engage in for development in this area. 

Professional Development, Resources, and Activities

Educational Technology: Online Facilitated Course:

  • Fundamentals for Designing Online Courses
    Have you thought about developing an online or blended course for your program? Register for this facilitated, 4-week online training to get started on the right path! Throughout the course, you will learn best practices for creating an engaging experience for your audience. During the course, you will complete activities in D2L and get a start on your own course site! For more information visit:

Educational Technology: Self-Paced Courses

  • Instructor – D2L Self-Directed Training
    This self-paced training from MSU IT Services gives an overview of D2L functions and tools through tutorials and help guides. To enroll in this training log into D2L:, select Self-Registration at the top of the page, and Enroll

Educational Technology: Monthly Training

  • Zoom Meeting Training
    Has a feature of Zoom been puzzling you? Bring your questions to this session. Basic features of Zoom will be covered including scheduling and host controls. For more details contact Gwyn Shelle at For a list of upcoming trainings go to the OD Events page: and search for Zoom Training.
  • Zoom Webinar Training
    In this two hour training participants will learn the basic features of Zoom webinar including how to manage video settings, share a presentation or computer screen, and how to communicate with participants. In addition, best practices for webinar delivery are shared including effective delivery options, how to prepare for a successful webinar, and examples of webinars from your MSU Extension colleagues. For more details contact Gwyn Shelle at Luke Reese at For a list of upcoming trainings go to the OD Events page: and search for Zoom Training.
  • How to Help Clients with Questions
    The purpose of this online workshop is to provide MSU Extension personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to help clients find information, answers to their questions, or Michigan experts they can talk to using online tools such as the Staff Directory, the AABI Coverage Tool, Ask an Expert, eXtension Learn, and eXtension Search. If you have any questions about this training please contact Gwyn Shelle at For a list of upcoming trainings go to the OD Events page: and search for MSUE Questions.

 Online Communities

  • MSUE Digital Strategy Community
    The MSUE Digital Strategy Community (formerly known as the Online Course Development Group) is an informal space for learning about technology tools, best practices for teaching in a digital space, and a place to learn from your colleagues. The meetings are held every 2nd Monday of the month from 1pm-3:30pm. To join this community email Gwyn Shelle at
  • MSUE Digital Strategy Spartan 365 Team Space
    A Digital Strategy Spartan 365 Team Space is a resource for those who are interested in keeping up-to-date with changes to MSU tools such as D2L, are interested in learning about educational technology, and is a space for asking questions about educational technology. To join this team visit: MSUE Digital Strategy Spartan 365 Team.

Instructional Design Recorded Webinar

  • Instructional Design: Strategies & Best Practices for Online/Blended Learning
    In this webinar you will learn strategies and best practices for developing online and blended curriculum. The webinar will begin with an overview of instructional design processes, as well as an introduction to content development methods and quality assurance tools. In addition, a variety of self-paced and cohort based online courses will be demonstrated including a variety of lecture types and interactive activities.

Educational Technology Recommended Reading List

Visit the MSU Library for resources relating to educational technology. Books checked out by MSU Extension staff will be shipped if you are located more than 50 miles from campus:

  • Teaching Online: A Practical Guide, by Susan Ko and Steven Rossen
  • Instructional Design for eLearning, by Marina Arshavskiy

Technology Resources Spartan 365 Training Page

Do you have questions in terms of how to use the Office/Spartan 365 applications? Michigan State University IT Services have developed a help and FAQ page which includes an overview of each application and links to self-paced trainings. To access the page visit: Spartan 365 FAQs and Resources. For those who are administrators of Spartan 365 Teams, you may want to join the MSU IT Services Team Tuesday sessions. These sessions include how to use Team features and a Q&A. To join these sessions visit: Spartan Teams. To watch archived recordings of these sessions visit: Team Tuesday Archives. Note that you will need to login with your NetID/password in order to join or watch the recordings.

Technology Training through elevate U

Michigan State University offers many online courses, videos, and resources through elevateU: Courses range in topics from Microsoft application trainings, project management, leadership, and more!


  • D2L Self-Paced Training
    The content in this self-guided resource is designed to help instructors make effective decisions when considering the impact their instruction and instructional material has on students with a variety of disabilities. This site was developed by the Accessibility Through Creative Innovation Faculty Learning Community to increase the knowledge and understanding of accessibility and disability in higher education. To enroll in this training log into D2L:, select Self-Registration at the top of the page, and Enroll.
  • Recorded Webinar: A Strategy for Making Online Content Accessible – this webinar focuses on how you can develop a strategy for making your content meet accessibility guidelines. To watch the recording visit: Tutorials

If you are interested in learning how to make content meet accessibility guidelines view the tutorials found on the MSU Webaccess website: Tutorials range from Microsoft applications, to Google Drive, and D2L.




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