The Certificate for Online Teaching

The Certificate for Online Teaching is a professional development program to prepare for online teaching success. This five, fully online course, taught via ANGEL, series provides faculty an “online student experience” while exploring a rich variety of critical topics necessary for mastery in the online classroom. Anyone interested in learning more about excellence in online teaching and learning are welcome to participate in the certificate. The Certificate for Online Teaching is comprised of both self-directed and instructor led online courses.

The Certificate for Online Teaching serves as the core curriculum of a larger collection of professional development opportunities including topics such as, serving the military student, working with the adult learner, and directing effective online group projects. More topics continue to be added to the Faculty Development program schedule.

Visit the Course Catalog for full descriptions of each of the Certificate for Online Teaching courses listed below.

CERTIFICATE FOR ONLINE TEACHING
COURSE DESCRIPTION SCHEDULE & FORMAT
OL 1000: Orientation to the World Campus OL 1000 is a self-paced, independent course that will familiarize you with the World Campus. You may have been working with the World Campus for many years or you may just be beginning your work with us. Regardless of your work with us thus far, you will likely benefit from learning more about how you are an integral part of what we do.Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Illustrate the unique characteristics of online teaching and learning including class dynamics, time management, and technology interface.
  • Understand and explain the structure of the World Campus as a delivery system.
  • Describe the Certificate for Online Teaching.
Mode: Independent Learning
Time to Completion: 3-4 hours
Part of: Certificate for Online Teaching
OL 1800: Accessibility OL 1800 consists of six scenarios that guide you through processes that support student accessibility to online learning. It is an independent, self-paced course that you should be able to complete in about three hours. If you read through all of the resources that are provided, it might take a little bit longer. The course consists of three major components: six lessons, a set of resources, and a final activity.When you have completed this course you should be able to:

  • Identify key points of contact for accessibility issues.
  • Outline the process through which a student may be given consideration for academic adjustments related to a disability.
  • Identify necessary next steps when you receive a letter of accommodation related to a disability from a student.
  • Identify the types of disabilities students may present with in the online environment, as well as typical accommodations.
  • Identify the steps necessary to make a course accessible to a student who is deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Identify the appropriate confidentiality aspects of accessibility accommodations.
  • Identify the steps necessary to make a course accessible to a student who is blind or visually impaired.
  • Identify the most common website “blockers” that create barriers for individuals who are accessing the web using screen readers.
  • Identify the typical signs of a student who is having difficulty or distress in an online course.
  • Locate and access Penn State resources regarding how to manage difficult or disruptive student behavior.
  • Direct a student in distress to appropriate support resources.
  • Identify best practices for building accessibility into a course that is being authored or revised.
  • Mode: Independent Learning
  • Time to Completion: 3-4 hours
  • Part of: Certificate for Online Teaching and Certificate for Continuing Education Teaching
OL 1900: ProveIt! OL 1900 is a self-paced course designed to build faculty competency in using many features of Penn State’s Learning Management System (LMS), ANGEL. The goal for OL 1900 is to familiarize faculty with commonly used features of ANGEL so that they reach a comfort level with using ANGEL that will enable them to focus more on pedagogy issues when teaching Continuing Education courses.
  • Mode: Independent Learning
  • Time to Completion: 3-4 hours
  • Part of: Certificate for Online Teaching and Certificate for Continuing Education Teaching
OL 2000: Effective Online Teaching OL 2000 is taught in a cohort, or group, learning model, which means that you will be participating alongside fellow students over a specific time period. The course takes place over four weeks and is instructor-led. It is estimated the course will require a total of approximately 2-4 hours/week of your time.Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and perform essential preparation tasks prior to teaching the course
  • Articulate your role as the instructor in an online learning environment
  • Describe the characteristics and needs of online students
  • Develop appropriate strategies for promoting active learning and building an online community
  • Apply appropriate strategies for monitoring and facilitating students’ learning
  • Manage course problems and pitfalls
  • Create a continuous improvement plan for your own professional development
  • Manage your time, workload, and administrative issues related to teaching effectively online
  • When: New Section Begins First Monday of Every Month
  • Mode: Instructor Led/Cohort Based
  • Time to Completion: 4 Weeks @ 3-4 hours/week
  • Part of: Certificate for Online Teaching
OL 2700: Online Presence OL 2700 builds on lessons from OL 2000 focusing on “instructor presence” when teaching online. In this course, instructor presence is expanded to online presence in order to set a broader context about what we mean when we say we are “online.” How do we present ourselves online and how do we present ourselves to our students? How can our presence help to cultivate a dynamic and enriching learning experience for our students?Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply effective strategies to develop an online presence that fits your persona and your online courses.
  • Articulate the role online presence plays in students’ social and cognitive presences for learning online.
  • Apply effective strategies to maintain an effective and efficient instructor-student relationship during your online courses.
  • Apply a schedule for feedback on student work and communication.
  • When: New Section Begins First Monday of Every Month
  • Mode: Instructor Led/Cohort Based
  • Time to Completion: 3 Weeks @ 3-4 hours/week
  • Part of: Certificate for Online Teaching

Not sure what courses you still need to complete? Contact Shawna Cassick, smm52@psu.edu, for assistance.