Online Teaching Certificate Program

Online teaching is being seen as a “disruptive innovation” for higher education with the potential for changing the ways students learn (Read this New York Times article for more information). On many campuses, online teaching is a regular alternative to face-to-face teaching. We invite you to join the Spring 2016 Adams Center certificate program for online teaching.

These sessions will be held around twice a month during the lunch hours (11:30am -1:00pm). During each session participants will develop, as a community, conceptual understanding about best practices in various aspects of online teaching. Each session will also include hands-on activities for participants to finish developing at least one sample module. If you do not intend to teach an online course, you may also find such sessions useful if you incorporate online components into your regular face-to-face, blended or flipped classes. 

Please RSVP to or call 2455 to make your reservations.

The sessions will include the following topics and activities:

Module 1: Getting ready to teach online, Monday, Jan 25, 2016

In this session, we are going to examine the benefits of online teaching, what quality looks like, what others have done and what the next steps will be. The end products for this session include:  a course shell to work in and a plan for building the course.

Module 2: Creating Online Content, Thursday, Feb 18, 2016

In this session, we are going to brainstorm ways to “translate” face-to-face teaching into online formats, including different types of content and design principles for delivering content. We would expect you to develop sample content for one module.

Module 3: Assessing Learning in An Online Setting, Thursday, March 3, 2016

In this session, we are going to explore ways to assess learning online, including traditional assessment strategies and alternative online assessment methods.  For this session we would expect you to develop, for at least a sample module, online tests,  assignments and other activities for assessing students

Module 4:Facilitating Online Interaction, Thursday, March 24, 2016

In this session, we are going to explore ways to promote teacher-student, student-student and student-text interaction in an online setting.   We expect you to develop your strategy to create “presence” in your online class, space for interaction, and discussion forums, sample questions & grading rubrics.

Module 5: Using Media in Online Teaching, Thursday, April 7, 2016

In this session, we are going to show ways to build and manage media components in teaching, including audio, video and screencasting components that an effective online course should include. We would expect you to select media format to be used, download screencasting applications, and create sample screencast / video / audio segments for your course.

Module 6: The Talent Show, Monday, April 18, 2016

In this session, participants will each spend a few minutes demonstrating their online courses for peers to learn from.

Please contact Berlin Fang ( if you need further information.

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