Online Professional Development

In addition to the synchronous Professional Development offered through the Office for Faculty Excellence, there are many opportunities for asynchronous Professional Development that are available online. Some of these opportunities may count as credit for annual Distance Education (DE) training. If you have any questions or issues accessing these modules and courses, please contact the Office for Faculty Excellence.

Caring in the Digital World

Learn how to envision and carry out personally meaningful caring for students and become acquainted with research-based tools for enacting engaged professional caring in online courses.

Three training modules about Caring in the Digital World are offered by Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Professor and Distinguished Watson Caring Science Scholar and sponsored by the Office for Faculty Excellence.

The two modules “Conveying and Sustaining Caring in Online Classrooms”and “Mindful Communication for Caring Online” address issues related to mindful caring for people who interact with students and colleagues online. The module “Caring Science, Mindful Practice at Work and Beyond”¬†extends the techniques to other situations. These training modules are FREE and can be completed by anyone who has access to the Internet, anywhere in the world.

Accessing the Modules


ECU Faculty and Staff

East Carolina University faculty can access the modules in Cornerstone under Browse for Training > Academic Affairs > Office for Faculty Excellence.

A Certificate of Completion will be sent to participants who submit a Course Reflection Form within the module after content completion.

Completion of a module and submission of a successful DE Reflection Form will qualify for Faculty Development credit as an OFE DE training activity.

Non-ECU Employees

If you are not an employee of East Carolina University, you may access the modules by using the following links:

Conveying and Sustaining Caring in Online Classrooms
Mindful Communication for Caring Online
Caring Science, Mindful Practice at Work and Beyond