Certificate Programs

The Center for the Advancement of Learning offers diverse training programs for UDC faculty, covering digital teaching, course design, and assessment. These meticulously designed programs equip faculty members with essential skills to enhance their teaching effectiveness. All sessions are conducted through UDC’s Learning Management System (Blackboard Ultra) for a seamless learning experience. Participants can become familiar with UDC’s learning ecosystem and receive competency-based digital badges upon completion.

Digital Teaching

The Digital Teaching Certification (DTC) is an online, asynchronous, self-paced training program specifically designed to provide faculty members with a hands-on introduction to the essential functions and usage of UDC’s Learning Management System (Blackboard Ultra) and other learning technologies available within the UDC ecosystem.
The goal of the DTC is to equip faculty with the necessary skills to create high-quality learning experiences for UDC students. The estimated completion time for the training is 18 to 20 hours, although this may vary depending on the user’s familiarity with the technologies. Obtaining the Digital Teaching Certification (DTC) is mandatory for all UDC faculty members. To register, click here.

Course Design Essentials

Course Design Essentials is a self-paced, asynchronous training that equips faculty with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to create effective and engaging courses. The course delves into the art of designing clear learning objectives, structuring content, and selecting appropriate assessment methods to foster learner-centered environments for diverse learners. To register, click here.

Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)

The APPQMR workshop trains educators to use the research-based Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric for evaluating Online/Hybird course design. Participants gain skills to assess course quality, focusing on design, engagement, accessibility, and effectiveness. The workshop covers best practices in online course design, including reviewing learning objectives, instructional materials, assessments, and course navigation using the QM Rubric.

The orkshop is conducted asynchronously over a two-week period, with a minimum time commitment of 10-12 hours per week. It is offered by Quality Matters. For more information, click here, to register, email david.serna@udc.edu.

Teaching Online: An Introduction to Online Delivery (TOL)

Teaching Online (TOL) is designed to provide faculty with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental elements of online course delivery. Throughout the workshop, participants will explore best practices for effective teaching in an online learning environment, gain insights into the roles of both instructors and learners in the online classroom, discover strategies for engaging and retaining student interest, and learn techniques for facilitating dynamic online discussions using discussion boards.

This workshop is conducted online (asynchronously) over a two-week period, requiring a minimum commitment of 10-12 hours per week. The course is offered by Quality Matters. For more information, click here, to register,  email david.serna@udc.edu.
This workshop is mandatory for faculty members teaching Distance Learning courses (Online/Hybrid).

Multi-Modal Educator

The Multi-Modal Educator Certification a hybrid training program designed to equip you with the necessary skills to deliver high-quality instruction in a HyFlex mode. This certification comprises two parts: asynchronous, self-paced training and a four-hour face-to-face session.

During the program, participants will delve into learning science, technology, and best practices. Once you are certified, you can submit a request to your Dean/Chair to teach your classes in the HyFlex mode. To register, click here.

UDC Assessment Fundamentals Training

UDC Assessment Fundamentals is an asynchronous, self-paced training developed by the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OPIE). It consists of five self-paced workshops. The workshops are aligned with UDC’s Cycle of Continuous Improvement click here.

Each workshop takes two to five hours to complete. Participants can engage in all of the workshops, or just select workshop(s) that are most relevant to their current assessment needs from the following list:
1- Develop goals and objectives
2- Design and implement activities and assessment methods
3- Establish benchmarks and targets
4- Collect and analyze data
5- Develop reports and implement improvement plans

To register, click here.

Navigate 101

Navigate 101 Training is an asynchronous, self-paced training designed to provide faculty and staff with the knowledge, skills, and information needed to use Navigate/A.AC.T. Each module covers different sections/screens of training on Navigate. We have developed a series of videos and activities to enhance your competencies in using Navigate. To register, click here.

Banner 101

Banner 101 Training is an asynchronous self-paced training is designed to provide faculty and staff with the knowledge, skills, and information needed to use UDC Banner Training. Each module serves different sections/screens training on Banner. We have developed a series of videos and activities to enhance your competencies in using Banner. To register, click here.


This course has been meticulously crafted to enrich your understanding of the learning process, broaden your repertoire of instructional strategies, and provide you with ample opportunities to apply these newfound insights to facilitate effective learning experiences. It is centered around the concept of reflective practice, which involves the skill of introspection and the pursuit of continuous learning through thoughtful consideration of one’s actions and experiences. By engaging in this reflective practice, you will be better equipped to grow as an educator and continuously improve your teaching methodologies. To register, click here.

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