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  1. I want to become a certified online instructor, what are the procedures?
  2. I want to develop a new online course, what are the procedures?
  3. Why should I become certified to teach or develop online courses?
  4. How long does it take to complete the certification courses?
  5. How many chances do I get to take the competency exams?
  6. What do the certification courses cover?
  7. Will I have to be re-certified?
  8. Will I receive a stipend for teaching or developing online courses?
  9. My students need online training. What can I do?
  10. How will you determine quality in online courses/teaching?

 

 


I want to become a certified online instructor, what are the procedures?
You would contact the Online Coordinator and register for the certification courses. You will complete Blackboard 101 and Blackboard 102 and pass the competency exams at the end of each course with a minimum score of 80% to become certified. The certification is good for two years. Follow this link to specific details on online teaching procedures.


I want to develop a new online course, what are the procedures?
Certified instructors with no previous online course development experience at FSU are asked to follow the development procedures outlined on our website (Procedures for Online Course Development). Once this development process is successfully completed, instructors will not have to repeat it for new course designs.

Instructors who did not become certified from the Summer 2010 Online Training Workshops or choose not to complete the FSU certification process, are asked to follow the development procedures outlined below for each new course they wish to develop.


Why should I become certified to teach or develop online course?
This training and support will enable you (the instructor) effectively integrate, and implement effective teaching technologies into your courses to enhance your online course management and teaching skills. It also provides a faculty development opportunity that you can use in your Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure binders.


How long does it take to complete the certification courses?
You will have four weeks from the time the course begins to complete both courses. You may work at your own pace, but if you have not completed all requirements and the competency exam at the end of the four week period, you will need to re enroll in the next section.


How may chances do I get to take the competency exams?
If you do not pass the exam with a score of 80%, you will need to re-take the course(s) and complete the exam at the end.


What do the certification courses cover?
Blackboard 101 covers the basics of Blackboard. Information will cover all the basics new instructors need to teach online courses. Blackboard 102 covers online teaching Pedagogy, or the best practices for teaching online, as well as best practices for developing/designing high quality online courses.


Will I have to re-certified?
To ensure that all instructors stay abreast of the latest and best design and teaching technology, instructors who teach online courses are encouraged to complete the Online Re-Certification Course (Blackboard 103) every two years. This course is an abbreviated, self-paced course that covers new technologies for online teaching and learning, followed by a competency exam at the end.


Will I receive a stipend for teaching or developing online courses?
Not at this time. We expect that at some point some type of stipend offered, whether it be financial or reassignment time. Once those details have been finalized with the Administration, we will let you know.


My students need online training. What can I do?
Contact the Online Coordinator to discuss your students' training needs. We offer orientation courses for students that help them prepare for online courses, or we can tailor our training to meet your specific needs.


How will you determine quality in online courses/teaching?
We utilize the Quality Matters rubric, and a Course Evaluation rubric. Please follow this link for more information on our Quality Assurance processes.

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