Online Instructor Certification course (formerly TO 101)

Innovative Education's (InEd) Online Faculty Development Group (OFD) has developed an online certification course for all faculty that are teaching online. This course is required per USF's SACS accreditation standards 3.4.12, 3.4.9, 3.7.1 3.7.2, and 3.7.3. To fulfill these requirements, all faculty that teach online are required to complete a certification course which is offered free of charge.

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For complete details, please review the following information.


Q: Where can I register?
A: Please complete this registration form to sign up for the Online Instructor Certification (OIC) Course. 


Please indicate which session you'd like to enroll in on your registration form.

Fall options:
October 5
November 9


Q: Who can take the Online Instructor Certification course?
A: Innovative Education's first priority for SACS accreditation will be to certify faculty who are currently teaching or scheduled to teach online. If you are not teaching online but would like to attend the certification course please send an email to and provide your net ID along with the date you would like to attend. Enrollment requests will be based on available space within each cohort.

Q: Given I have been teaching online 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.

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: What will I learn in the Online Instructor Certification course?
A: The course has a number of objectives and outcomes but its primary goal is to introduce you to core best practices of online instruction and methods for incorporating those best practices into your Canvas course.

In addition:

Participants will have the opportunity to develop professional learning networks (PLN's) while sharing and learning from faculty-peers. Participants will have the opportunity to test out new methods/tools in a "safe" environment. Participants will have the opportunity to confer with experts about their online course/instructional methods. Participants will meet USF's SACS accreditation standards 3.4.12, 3.4.9, 3.7.1, 3.7.2, and 3.7.3, and the requirement that all faculty who teach online complete the required certification course. The Online Instructor Certification Course is that course.

Q: What is the duration of the course?
A: In total, the course is 5 weeks delivered as weekly modules.

Q: What is the approximate time commitment?
A: Depending upon the module topic and the participant pacing, each module will take approximately 1 to 3 hours to complete.

Q: What is the required attendance?
A: Participants will not be required to be present at a physical location. All required weekly assignments and participations will be conducted online through Canvas.


Q: Why can't I just complete the course in one week?
A: This is designed as an authentic online course experience. There are several interactions with peer-colleagues that necessitate a pacing schedule.


Q: How do I register to take the course?
A: Simply click the link: register now.

Q: Will I receive payment for taking this course?
A: During the early stages of offering this course, Innovative Education used some one-time funds to compensate faculty for taking this course. However, as of July 1, 2015 those funds have been depleted so although these payments have been discontinued, Innovative Education will continue to offer this course free of charge to ensure compliance with SACs requirements.

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Please contact Lindsey Mercer at:

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If you have taken the Online Instructor Certification course, please go to the following Feedback Survey to let us know how we can improve the course for future participants. The survey is brief and should take approximately five minutes to complete.