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Faculty Certification Course - TO 101: How to Teach Online

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: Faculty Certification Course in Online Teaching--TO 101: How to Teach Online—(syllabus).

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For complete details, please review the following information.

Where?

Q: Where can I register?
A: Please complete this registration form to sign up for TO 101: How to Teach Online.

When?

Q: When can I start?

A: Enrollment is on a rolling basis. Within approximately 1 week of registration, you will be enrolled and sent an e-invitation to join TO 101 at your official USF email address. You MUST accept this invitation to participate. 

Q: When will I have to attend?

A: The course is 100% online. You will be enrolled for five weeks. There are no mandatory synchronous sessions. You can complete your one-hour-per-week estimated time allotment for each of five (5) modules, at any time you choose during the week.

Who?

Q: Who can take TO 101?
A: Innovative Education's first priority for SACS accreditation will be training faculty who are currently teaching or scheduled to teach online. However, there will likely be capacity for additional participants, so we can accommodate non-scheduled faculty on a space-available basis. To register to take TO-101, please ask your associate dean to email captaintcanvas.usf@gmail.com, and include the following information:
-- Name of faculty member
-- Name of online course and anticipated date when the course will be taught

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.

Faculty Senate Meeting, 10.16.13

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.

What?

Q: What is the purpose 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:

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. TO 101 is that course.

Q: What is my approximate time commitment?
A: The course modules and activities are designed to take about one hour per week for five weeks. Keep in mind that each person is an individual and therefore time on task may vary. Additional time spent learning how to teach online is encouraged!

Why?

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

How?

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

Q: How much do I get paid and when?

A: Once enrolled, and upon full completion of the course (as determined by the instructor's evaluation), the $500.00 lump sum payment will be paid. All lump sum payments are subject to tax withholding. Lump sum payments will be distributed as follows:
If the course completed by 08/15/14, then you will receive the payment by 09/19/14.
If the course completed by 09/26/14, then you will receive the payment by 11/14/14.
If the course completed by 11/21/14, then you will receive the payment by 01/09/15.
If the course completed by 01/16/15, then you will receive the payment by 03/06/14.
If the course completed by 03/13/15, then you will receive the payment by 05/01/15.
If the course completed by 05/08/15, then you will receive the payment by 06/26/15.

For More Information:

Contact Captain Canvas at: captaincanvas.usf@gmail.com
For questions regarding payments, contact Sally Davis at: sdavis14@usf.edu