Center for Learning and Teaching

Teaching Online Certification Program

Participants in this program explore current research and practices regarding online learning, as well as related instructional design concepts and technologies. The program is facilitated by the Instructional Designers in the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT).

Program Format

The program is delivered in a hybrid format; some of the material is in an online, self-paced format, while other content is in a face-to-face format.

The face-to-face time commitment is 4 hours for the two seminars and at least 2 hours for face-to-face consultations. The rest of the program is delivered in an online format through myCourses. Keep in mind that, even though the online material is self-paced, there are due dates to complete the program (listed below).

If you are interested in the Teaching Online Certification program and believe that you will be able to meet all of the program completion requirements below, we invite you to apply. 

Please Note: Applications submitted by instructors teaching in Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 will have first priority.

Requirements & Features

Face-to-Face Session - Attend Introduction to myCourses via ITS

Attend ONE Introduction to myCourses (facilitated through ITS). Participants will have the opportunity to test drive several of myCourses's most useful tools.

Participants will choose one of the following dates:

  • Monday, February 6, 2017, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Friday, March 3, 2017, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Completion of Online Course in myCourses

Complete a self-paced course in myCourses. This course models one way to design an online course. There are 6 units, each requires approximately 2 hours to complete. Each unit has a number a readings, multimedia content, and a discussion.

Attend Individual Consultations

Consult with an Instructional Designer throughout the online course design process. These consultations are meant to check the progress of the course building and to answer questions.

Build a Complete Online Course

Build a complete online course (where applicable - syllabus, all assignments, all assessments, all readings, all discussions, all lecture videos, etc.), regardless of whether or not the course will actually be taught.

This course remains the the intellectual property of the individual instructor unless the instructor signs a work-for-hire agreement with his/her department. Participating in the TOCP does not constitute work-for-hire. 

Complete an Online Course Content Review Undergo a Course Content Review. Upon registering for the program, participants will be asked to provide the name and email address of a course content reviewer; please be sure to check with the reviewer before their name is provided. This reviewer is typically the department chair or a faculty member from the participant's department.
Complete an Online Course Design Review Complete a Design Review. This step must be completed a minimum of two weeks prior to the start date of the course. There are a few steps in this review:
  • Complete a Self Review (i.e. Evaluation) & a Course Profile
  • The Instructional Design Consultant assigned to the participant will complete an Instructional Design Review
Meet the Minimum Acceptable Standards Fulfill all essential criteria as designated in the Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric. Should the course not meet these criteria upon initial review, the course will need to be updated/modified.
Face-to-Face Session - Attend Community of Practice in Online Learning

Attend ONE Community of Practice.  Participants in this session will discuss how to manage an online course once it is live, share ideas for online activities and assessments, and discuss experiences on the course development process with each other.

Participants will choose one of the following dates:

  • Friday, May 5, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm (for summer or fall courses)
  • Friday, May 12, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm (for summer or fall courses)
  • Friday, Aug 18, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm (for fall courses)
Compensation Faculty members will receive $1000 and Graduate Students will receive $500 upon successful completion of the program.

Completion of all requirements is due 2 weeks prior to the semester in which the course is being taught. 

  • Summer 1 2017 - May 16, 2017
  • Summer 2 2017 - June 21, 2017
  • Summer 3 2017 - Varies
  • Fall 2017 - August 10, 2017

Apply now for the Spring 2017 session

Applications close on January 6, 2017.

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Last Updated: 3/6/17