Online Learning Certification

Faculty must become certified to teach online at UDC, and the Center for the Advancement of Learning (C.A.L.) provides certifications for UDC faculty through a three-stage process click here for a video overview of this process. Faculty may become OTC or OBC-certified (see below).

Stage 1: Prerequisites

Complete the following Professional Development Workshops:

1: Blackboard Primer: Blackboard Primer is a module-based online training that covers important aspects of the function and usage of Blackboard. This training should not take more than 18-20 hours to complete (this timeframe may vary depending upon each user’s familiarity with technology). Blackboard is the learning management system (LMS) for our institution, and this training will assist faculty in using this LMS for online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses.

2: Choose 2 workshops from the list to complete: In addition to Blackboard Primer, one must complete at least two (2) of the following workshops from the subsequent list if interested in enrolling in the Online Teach-Only Certification (OTC). These workshops are offered in an online asynchronous format (no face-to-face or scheduled meetings; however, assignments are a component and have specified due dates that must be met to ensure successful completion). Each of the following workshops should take no longer than 2 hours to complete.

  •  The ENHANCE Learning Model
  •  Creating Engaging Online Environments
  •  Rubric Relief
  •  Assessing the Student Learner
  • Incorporating Learner-Centered Instruction into Online Courses

3: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop (APPQMR).

Stage 2: Online Teach-Only Certification (OTC)

  1. Complete the Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy (P.A.H.) Online Workshop
  2. OTC Capstone Session
  3. Instructor receives OTC

Stage 3: Online Build Certificate (OBC)

  1. Consult with Dr. Thomas of the Center for the Advancement of Learning to obtain approval to become online-build certified. OBC candidates will be selected based on their potential to successfully build and teach a number of online courses.
  2. Complete module-based online asynchronous training: During this training, you will build your course according to the QM standards while populating a Blackboard course site for a course you would like to teach
  3. The course is peer-reviewed
  4. Revisions (if necessary): You have one week to make revisions.
  5. Instructor receives OBC
  6. Course is UDC-certified

The Online Learning Academy (OLA) is no longer offered, and has been replaced by completing both the OTC & OBC. Please contact Dr. Morris Thomas for all questions regarding the Online Teaching Certifications ( Enrollment deadlines differ each semester, and it is best to contact Dr. Thomas the semester prior to your intended enrollment.

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