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Online Instructor Certification (OIC)

The Online Instructor Certification (OIC) is a fully online four-week certification that prepares USF Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota-Manatee instructors to teach online. The course includes strategies for planning instructor presence, active learning approaches for online presentations, assessment/feedback planning, and more. 

We are focused on meeting the FLBOG's 2025 Strategic Plan for Online Education, requiring instructors teaching fully online courses (AD/PD) to complete a professional development activity for online teaching. The designated professional development platform for USF Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota-Manatee online faculty is the OIC. The FLBOG has set a goal of 90% online faculty participation by Academic Year 2025.
To ensure that our institution meets this important goal, Innovative Education will be awarding a one-time $500 stipend to faculty who complete the OIC in 2024.

Additionally, Innovative Education is also introducing a one-time $500 “recertification” stipend for previously certified faculty.

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Stipend stipulations:

  • Instructors are eligible for the stipend on a one-time basis. This applies regardless of whether they acquire it through the OIC, a recertification, or other pertinent training opportunities. The stipend is a singular disbursement per individual.
  • Stipends are only available to USF employees and with an active appointment. 
  • Stipends generally require 1 to 2 pay periods for processing.  


Welcome to our faculty resources page, a centralized repository of tools, tips, and resources to support teaching and learning in a digital environment. We invite you to explore the categories on the left for step-by-step guides on a variety of tools available to USF faculty. We’ll keep you up to date on techniques and best practices for using tools like Kaltura to create and deliver engaging content, to incorporate in-video quizzing, and to utilize auto-captioning. We’ll highlight new features and helpful techniques in Canvas to help your students succeed. We’ll show you the latest way to communicate and keep students connected in Microsoft Teams. And much more!

For additional video tutorials and tips, please visit our Digital Learning Video Resource Library.

We recommend bookmarking this page to use as a primary reference for building your digital skills. Check back often as we continually update this section.

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