PIVOT Program

PIVOT – Planning Instruction for Varied Offering Types

PIVOT is a collaboration of the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Office of Instructional Technology, designed to provide faculty with the necessary knowledge and skills to make planned, and perhaps unplanned, pivots in instructional format.

Make the PIVOT!

Use the following resources to assist you in making a pivot to a different instructional modality.

PIVOT Guide – Review these steps for guidance in developing your fall courses to be taught in a different format

PIVOT Course Checklist – Use this checklist outlining best practices for courses regardless of course type

PIVOT Ideas & TipsUse this list of activity ideas and tips aligned to each of the four course types

PIVOT Instructional Alignment Worksheet – A guide to help you identify and align your instructional objectives, assessments, learning activities, and materials

Brightspace Instructor Resources – Tutorials and documentation on how to use Brightspace to build an online course presence




Once you complete the registration form, you will be enrolled in the course within 24 hours.  You will receive an email notification when the course is available to you.

Course Overview

The PIVOT Lite course is an online, self-paced course designed to provide faculty with resources and strategies to design and deliver a well-aligned, engaging course to be offered in any instructional modality.  It takes approximately 2-4 hours to complete (can spend more time exploring supplemental resources).

The course also gives faculty an opportunity to be a learner in the Brightspace environment and try out some of the Brightspace tools from a student perspective.

Through this self-paced course, faculty will…

  • Implement effective course design principles as the foundation of your courses regardless of instructional format.
  • Develop modified instructional plans based on announced/anticipated instructional format decisions and in consideration of student characteristics.
  • Identify strategies to communicate with and engage students in the learning process.


The program is open to all PNW faculty and instructors (full- or part-time).


Please direct any questions about the PIVOT Lite course to the Center for Faculty Excellence.