Online Instructor Certification

If you would like to join the next available cohort, please reach out to your chair or program director in order to check if you are eligible.

Please note: availability of the stipend for completion of the Advanced course is currently available for those who are nominated by the dean of their respective school.

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.

The full list of topics covered and course activities (Saint Mary’s login required).

The first set of introductory certification courses will be offered beginning July 2020. They are a great opportunity to learn the basics of online education while designing your courses. The Online Instructor Certification courses are asynchronous, with an anticipated workload of between 2-4 hours per week. There are no required in-person meetings or live streaming sessions.

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 1,000 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.

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