Online Teaching Certificate

*** Spring 2018 session descriptions and registration links are available at ***

The Online Teaching Certificate is designed to take faculty from development through facilitation of their online courses and hybrid courses; to further increase instructor-to-student engagement and satisfaction; and to provide technology skills and resources to increase faculty confidence while teaching.

Faculty will be awarded a Certificate in Online Teaching by the Center for Faculty Development after completing the five core workshops.

A kickoff workshop has been scheduled for October 11th 9:00 am – 10:00 am in the Curriculum Room, Walsh Library.  During this session you will learn about the core workshops that comprise the certificate, as well as reasons you might want to pursue this credential.

To register for the kickoff workshop, please click here.


Online Teaching Certificate – Core Workshops

Competencies in Online Teaching – created by Larry Ragan, Penn State
Nov 1st 9:30 – 10:30 am | click here to register
Nov 7th 12 – 1 pm | click here to register
This workshop discusses benchmarks which every online faculty member should possess. These core competencies, developed by Larry Ragan of Penn State, provide insights and strategies to become a successful online instructor. Participants will complete a self-assessment evaluation and skill development plan and share it with the workshop facilitator.

Engagement Strategies
Nov 13th 12 – 1 pm | click here to register
Nov 16th 9:30 – 10:30 am | click here to register
This workshop focuses on structuring activities to engage students, classmates, and instructors in an online environment. Discussion topics include best practices using the discussion boards and groups as well as commutation tools. Participants will be asked to submit a summary of how they plan to incorporate engagement strategies in their online course in three areas: faculty to student, student to student, and student to content.

The Inclusive Classroom
Nov 14th 12 – 1 pm | click here to register
Nov 20th 12 – 1 pm | click here to register
Experience and research tell us that students learn in different ways, yet educational experiences are often designed around a “one size fits all” curriculum. This session will focus on implementing a framework that guides the design of learning and assessment with the diversity of the students in mind. We will explore these challenges from a variety of perspectives and identify course design alternatives and technologies to support learner diversity.

Quality Matters, Blackboard, and Course Design
Nov 6th 12 – 1 pm | click here to register
Nov 9th 9:30 – 10:30 am | click here to register
This workshop provides an overview of the Quality Matters rubric in addition to using Blackboard to create a well-designed online course. The Quality Matters Blackboard template will be demonstrated as well. Participants will be asked to submit a course plan/outline; a template will be provided.

The Blackboard Grade Center
Nov 15th 9:30 – 10:30 am | click here to register
Nov 21st 12 – 1 pm | click here to register
This session will focus on how faculty can best utilize the power of the Blackboard Grade Center. Topics covered will include how to create categories, weighted columns, total columns and how to provide assignment feedback to students.



4 thoughts on “Online Teaching Certificate”

  1. Hi, I was not able to attend the kick of workshop but I’m still very much interested in participating. I could I still do so?

    I also have a quick question about the core workshops. Are the workshops being split up into two one hour sessions on the different days listed? Or are they each one hour sessions being offered on two different days and we can select which day works best?

    Thanks in advance.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *