Are you designing your first course online, trying to ensure your students have the maximum in terms of access, or looking to build on the skills you’ve learned recently in one or more of Saint Mary’s Online Instructor Certification courses? The summer is a great time for that, and our partners at Wiley have some great, self-paced options that are designed to fit any schedule. Get more information and enroll with your smumn.edu email address here by clicking “read more”.
We are very proud of all of our faculty who have gone through our Online Instructor Certification courses so far. We have had over 250 badged certification course completions so far and that number will swell as we certify even more people in April and May. Having room in those intermediate and advanced courses for the months of April and May meant that we had to pause new introductory enrollments for April. But, we are resuming the introductory course in May, and will continue the additional courses through the summer.
You can sign up on the Online Instructor Certification page, though please know that in order to go through the sequence of courses we are asking that you get your dean’s permission first. Before we register new recruits for the course, I will run the list of those signed up by the deans to make sure those permissions are in place.
As our Convocation keynote speaker, Dr. Ramón Pastrano reminded us, too often we mistake a failure of our systems to meet students where they are for a deficiency in students themselves. That should make designing accessible courses a vital part of faculty work. But where to start?