This is a list of some frequently asked question about the program. If you have a question not included here, please email Shawna Cassick at smm52@psu.edu.

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1. How do I register for this program?

You can register for the program at https://sites.psu.edu/2016gotc/.

2. Is this the same as the Faculty Online Teaching Certificate?

No, the World Campus Graduate Student Online Teaching Certificate Program is a special program for Penn State graduate students involving a focus on learning and teaching theory and demonstrations of competencies and understandings. The Faculty Online Teaching Certificate, offered through our office, is a four-course program available to anyone with a current Penn State ID. See our website wcfd.psu.edu for more details.

3. When will I gain access to the course?

You will gain access to the course space approximately 3 days before the start date.

4. What are the program requirements?

To successfully complete the World Campus Graduate Student Online Teaching Certificate Program you are required to:

    • Required Coursework. OL 2050: “Essentials of Online Teaching for Graduate Students” starts on May 15, 2017 and runs five consecutive weeks. You can expect to spend approximately 4-5 hours per week working through the content. This course is taught through the learning management system. Designed to introduce you to the essentials of online teaching and learning, this course is “asynchronous,” which means that, while there will be assignments due at specific times during each week, you can log on and learn any time. As such, OL 2050 will look and feel very much like a typical World Campus course. If you don’t think you will be teaching through World Campus but through some other online delivery method, at least you will see one example of a digital learning environment. We will create multiple sections of the course, each taught by an experienced online faculty instructor.
    • Required Live Webinar. This live 75-minute webinar is designed to complement OL 2050. We will run this webinar several times during the course, dates to be announced. You are required to attend and participate in one. The webinars will feature information presentation, an assignment, and a chance to engage in a live forum and discussion with other graduate students in the program.
    • Required Program Evaluation. An online end-of-course evaluation will help us know how to improve the course design and better serve Penn State’s graduate students.

5. How long will the OL 2050 component of the program take each week?

You can expect to spend approximately 4-5 hours per week working through the course content.

6. I’m completing a graduate degree in May. Can I still take the certificate next Fall?

No. This program is for graduate students who will be enrolled in the academic year. However, you are welcome to take the Faculty Online Teaching Certificate (see wcfd.psu.edu to enroll in courses).

7. I just graduated from Penn State. Can I still take the certificate?

No. This program is for graduate students who will be enrolled in the academic year. However, you are welcome to take the Faculty Online Teaching Certificate (see wcfd.psu.edu to enroll in courses).

8. How is this different than the Graduate School’s teaching Certificate, TLT’s teaching certificate, or teaching courses offered through the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence?

The World Campus Graduate Student Online Teaching Certificate Program  is a fully online, cohort set of experiences designed to simulate online teaching and learning. It focuses on online pedagogy exclusively.

9. How much does program this cost?

This program is free to Penn State graduate students. You must have an active PSU access ID to participate.

10. Do I have to reside on campus to do this program?

No. This program is fully online allowing you to work on the course content at your convenience.

11. What does this program certify me to do and who is the certifying body?

This certificate is a non-credit acknowledgement of your successful training in essential competencies to teach online. As with our Faculty Online Teaching Certificate, the Graduate Student Online Teaching Certificate confirms that you have had preparation for online teaching with respect to best practices and competencies associated with effective online teaching. World Campus Faculty Development is the issuer of the certificate. Certificate completers may take other “OL” courses in the World Campus Faculty Development curriculum and be eligible for further credentials. 

12. Does this certificate qualify me to teach graduate courses at Penn State?

This course prepares you to teach online with basic competencies but does not override university policy with respect to the courses graduate students can teach.  Check with your advisor and department head for more information.

13. I don’t know when I’ll be teaching online for Penn State. Can I still take the certificate program?

Yes, you may take the program even if you never teach online for Penn State during your studies.

14. Do I have to participate in the research study during the program?

No, you will hear a description of the study as the program begins and can choose to participate or not with no impact on your program.

 

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