Preparation for Teaching Online (PTO)

A Foundational Workshop for CUNY Faculty.

Description: We invite faculty to register for a two-week, asynchronous, instructor-facilitated workshop, “Preparation for Teaching Online: A Foundational Workshop for CUNY Faculty,” developed by CUNY School of Professional Studies and offered by the Lehman’s Office of Online Education. Faculty scheduled to teach online should complete the workshop and then schedule a consultation with the Office of Online Education staff for additional support.

To better serve our students and to be in compliance with the New York State Education Department requirements for distance education offerings as well as the Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), faculty teaching online need to complete the essential training for teaching online, a two-week online workshop "Preparation for Teaching Online: A Foundational Workshop for CUNY Faculty."

  1. The workshop models effective design and facilitation skills and addresses pedagogical approaches to teaching online and hybrid, as well as the organization and management of an online class.
  2. This is a fully online, asynchronous workshop; faculty do not need to be on campus or online at specific times during the day.
  3. Please note that there is a limited capacity for the workshop session.
  4. Priority is given to faculty teaching online the semester following the workshop and faculty teaching on the fully online program.
  5. Faculty will need their supervisor's (chair's) approval before they register.

Note this workshop is largely based on Dr. Susan Ko's book Teaching Online: A Practical Guide (4th edition), a leading book in the field of online teaching and learning. Dr. Ko has developed the workshop while working at CUNY's School of Professional Studies as the Director of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology.


Workshop Information

  • Workshop Date(s): January 8th - 21st, 2024 | March 18th - 31st, 2024
  • Workshop Modality: Online Asynchronous


  • Faculty are eligible for payment (up to $550 total) upon successful workshop completion. Please note that in order for faculty to be eligible for a payment, faculty need to be scheduled to teach a total of two online or hybrid courses within the two semesters following the workshop at Lehman College.
  • The payment is based on 10 hours at their NTA (non-teaching adjunct) rate, facilitated through a Continuing Education Teacher (CET) appointment.

Facilitator Information

John McDonough, M.Ed.


Bio: John has been an Instructional Designer for 5+ years. He is well versed in adult learning theories and stays up-to-date of the latest in online education best practices and implementation. Throughout his career John has worked with several Learning Management Systems and implemented learning strategies using; Backward Design, "Flipped Classroom", Student-Centered, and Team-Based education. Before joining the Lehman community, John was at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he collaborated with faculty on designing and building upwards of 15+ courses for several of the undergraduate degree programs.

Dermot Foley, M.S.


Bio: Dermot came to Lehman in 2022 after being at Hunter College for eleven years, where he held positions in the Department of Instructional Computing and Information Technology and the School of Education. At Hunter, Dermot worked with hundreds of faculty members on further integrating technology into their pedagogy via the purposeful deployment of learning/assessment management platforms, conferencing tools, blogs, e-portfolios, and wikis in both synchronous and asynchronous blended and hybrid learning models. Prior to working at CUNY, Dermot taught as an adjunct professor in the school of education at Long Island University and as a guest lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University and served as a field supervisor at both teaching masters candidates at over fifty NYC DOE elementary schools. He is a former elementary and middle school teacher in special education, writing, and technology. Born in the Bronx, he holds a BA from Colgate University in Philosophy and Religion, a MS from the College of New Rochelle in Special Education, and an Ed.D. (ABD) at Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching.