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Lake Superior College has been a leader in online teaching and quality assurance. Our first online class was offered in 1996, and our college has committed to quality online teaching through many trainings, peer reviews, and professional development opportunities.

Our Program for Online Excellence in Teaching (POET) began in 2014 and has included extensive training for faculty on both technology and pedagogy, peer review of both course design and online teaching, and administrative evaluation of online classes (which is now merged with on-ground evaluations).

POET Includes:

Peer Review

LSC offers an opportunity for faculty to have their peers review an individual’s use of technology/D2L and pedagogy in any teaching style—fully online, hybrid or classroom. 3 faculty peers will use a rubric (*link to it) to look at important aspects of teaching and provide feedback and possible training or assistance in making changes.

Student Review

LSC offers an opportunity for faculty to have students do an in-depth review of any of their online courses. The process will take one year, with initial reviews happening in the fall semester, then goal setting and training, and when the new course is next taught, a second review happening during that semester.

POET Online Teaching Course: Engaging Students Online

Lake Superior College’s Program for Excellence in Teaching (POET) includes an online asynchronous training course that covers the basics of our LMS (D2L Brightspace) and online teaching pedagogy. The course follows best practices in course design and online teaching.


For more information, please contact Amy Jo Swing, [email protected].


Two training courses are available to LSC faculty and staff containing self-paced modules. One course focuses on creating accessible documents or HTML materials in D2L, the other focuses on video captioning and the use of audio or video materials.