Online Instructor Certification

(Please note that the availability of the stipend for completion of the Advanced course is currently available for those who complete the Advanced course by May 31, 2021, as per the Advance Day Announcement. We are now full for courses in March and April as well as Intermediate and Advanced in May. We are now offering sign-ups for a section of the Introductory course starting in May.)

Our Online Instructor Certification courses ensure that all Saint Mary’s instructors are up-to-date on the best practices in fully online education so they can deliver fully online courses, or rapidly pivot courses to an online modality when necessary.

We offer three levels of certification:

  • Beginning: covers the shift from face-to-face to online teaching, using the online course shell, asynchronous interaction, creating instructor presence online, and introductory online teaching skills
  • Intermediate: covers applying learning theories to the online environment, group work, quality in online course design and teaching, and advanced pedagogical concepts
  • Advanced: covers research in online teaching and learning, research about the brain and memory, advanced strategies to promote learner engagement, creating engaging presentations, personalized learning paths, and future trends in online learning.

You can read the full list of topics covered and course activities here (Saint Mary’s login required).

The first set of introductory certification courses will be offered starting in the second half of July. They will provide a great opportunity to learn the basics of online education while designing your courses for the fall. These courses are asynchronous, with the expectation that you can devote between 2-4 hours per week they are offered. There are no required in-person meetings or Zoom calls.

All certification courses are taught by Dr. Angela Velez-Solic. Dr. Angela Velez-Solic is an expert in the field of online learning and has spent much of the past 13 years supporting and training faculty. She has trained well over 1000 people to teach online from all over the globe! She is the author of Teaching Online Without Losing Your Mind and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation for Rush University in Chicago, IL.

The courses are discussion-based, and will move through three progressive levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced online teaching. Once you complete the initial course you can expect to be:

  • excited about being an online educator
  • equipped with basic skills in instructional design
  • able to teach an online course with basic skills unique to that environment
  • aware of what quality online courses look like
  • aware of what quality online teaching looks like through Angela’s modeling
  • less anxious about the online environment
  • acquainted with the foundations of Catholic, Lasallian virtue education and how that applies to online teaching

The courses are designed to enable faculty to apply online teaching strategies in any learning management system. However, the course will be offered in Saint Mary’s new Canvas LMS to give instructors experience using the platform from a student perspective.