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Online Instructor Certification course (formally TO 101)

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 certification course for all faculty that are teaching online.

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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 the Online Instructor Certification (OIC) Course. 

When?

Q: When can I start?
A: The Online Instructor Certification Course will be offered every six weeks beginning September 22. There are two sessions offered to instructors teaching in fall 2014, and four offered for instructors teaching in spring 2015.

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


Fall options:
Sept. 22
Nov. 3

Spring options:
Jan. 12
Feb. 16
March 23
April 27
May 25

Who?

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 lmercer@usf.edu 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: 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 during the October 16, 2013 Faculty Senate Meeting, in reference to completing the Online Instructor Certification Course: "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. Online Instructor Certification is that course at USF.

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 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.

Why?

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.

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: Please note that payment will only be issued to those who are designated as the "instructor of record" for an online course. Once enrolled, and upon full completion of the course (as determined by the instructor's evaluation), the $500.00 lump sum payment will be initatated All lump sum payments are subject to federal tax withholding. Lump sum payments will be distributed as follows:

If you are participating in the 9/22/14 cohort, and complete by 10/24/14, your payment will be processed by 11/26/14.
If you are participating in the 11/3/14 cohort, and complete by 12/05/14, your payment will be processed by 1/23/15.
If you are participating in the 1/12/15 cohort, and complete by 2/13/15, your payment will be processed by 3/20/15.
If you are participating in the 2/16/15 cohort, and complete by 3/20/15, your payment will be processed by 5/1/15.
If you are participating in the 3/23/15 cohort, and complete by 4/24/15, your payment will be processed by 5/29/15.
If you are participating in the 4/27/15 cohort, and complete by 5/29/15, your payment will be processed by 6/26/15.
If you are participating in the 5/25/15 cohort, and complete by 6/26/15, your payment will be processed by 8/7/15.

For More Information:

Please contact Lindsey Mercer at: lmercer@usf.edu
For questions regarding payments, contact Sally Davis at: sdavis14@usf.edu.

We Value Your Feedback

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 5 minutes to complete.