Online Faculty Certification Course

Information about TO-101: How to Teach Online

TAMPA, FL. (Updated Jan. 6, 2014) – Innovative Education (InEd) is investing in faculty development to create a cadre of enthusiastic and well-trained innovative educators for USF's online course offerings.

To that end, InEd's Online Faculty Development Group (OFD) has developed a new online course for all faculty that are teaching online: TO 101: How to Teach Online—Faculty Certification Course in Online Teaching.

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For complete details, please review the following information.


Q: What is TO 101?

A: As mentioned above, InEd has developed a new online course for all faculty that are teaching online: TO 101: How to Teach Online—Faculty Certification Course in Online Teaching.

Q: What is the benefit of successfully completing TO 101?

A: The primary goal of this 100% online course is to lay a foundation for how to teach successfully online. Participants may also learn how to leverage Canvas (USF's learning management system) to most effectively deliver online instruction. In addition:

Q: What is my approximate time commitment?

A: Each person is a unique individual, and therefore the time required to complete each task may vary. Former participants (n=240) report that the course takes anywhere from 5 to 15 hours in total.

Q: What are the consequences if I do not take the course?

A: You may risk not being certified to teach online on the USF Tampa Campus. There is also a risk of non-reaccreditation.


Q: Who can take TO 101?

A: The course is open to any individual who is teaching or scheduled to teach online in academic years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

Q: Will Adjunct Faculty, Visiting Faculty, GA's or TA's be paid to take the certification course?

A: If you are the Instructor of Record in OASIS/BANNER, yes. Otherwise anyone else is welcome to register for this valuable training at no cost.

Q: Given I have been teaching on line since [insert duration], is it still required that I go through this course?

A: Yes. Even if you have taught online before, the course is required for everyone who is teaching online courses offered on the USF Tampa Campus.

Quote from Provost Wilcox in reference to completing TO 101: "You will probably say, 'I've been delivering this course online for years. I know everything there is to know.' Well, SACS doesn't know that. SACS requires documentation that every instructor teaching online has to complete a professional development program. We're trying to soften that irritation that some of you might feel by compensating you for your time."

In order to meet USF's SACS accreditation standards 3.4.12, 3.4.9, 3.7.1, 3.7.2, and 3.7.3, all faculty that teach online are required to complete a certification course. TO 101 is that course.

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Q: When can I start?

A: There are multiple start dates available:

Spring 2014 Dates:

Summer 2014 Dates:

Q: When do I get paid, and how much?

A: Once enrolled, and upon full completion of the course, you will be paid a $500 lump sum payment. Lump sum payments will be distributed once per quarter. All lump sum payments are subject to tax withholding. For more information about payment, please see "HOW?" section below.

Q: When will I take the course?

A: The course is 100% online. You will be enrolled for five weeks. There are no mandatory synchronous sessions. You can complete the course any days/times that are convenient for you.


Q: Where can I register?

A: Please complete the registration form to sign up for TO 101: How to Teach Online.


Q: How will I get paid?

A: Once you complete the course, your name will be given to your college to initiate the payment process. The $500 lump sum payment will be included in a regular paycheck with the designation "Online Teaching Certification." Please note all payments are subject to federal tax withholding. This process takes several weeks to accomplish, and is subject to payroll certification cutoff dates.

Q: How do I register to take the course?

A: Simply click the link: register now.


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