The Provost’s Office has launched a Distance Education Certificate program. With the help of the CARES Act and the Provost’s Office, instructors who participate will earn stipends for completing courses in the program. Anyone developing or reconfiguring a course for any of the distance education modalities is encouraged to participate.
The certificate program consists of three courses. Instructors will earn stipends after completing each of the courses, which act as steps in the certification sequence. Instructors will earn a badge after completing the first and second courses in the sequence, and the distance education certificate after completing the third course.
Course Availability & Deadlines
- January 2022: Registration for Teaching with Technology Basecamp & Course Design Trail Guides is open!
- note: Distance Education Retreats is only available in Fall & Spring.
- Spring 2022: Registration for Teaching with Technology Basecamp, Course Design Trail Guides, and Distance Education Retreats is open! (links to register below).
To comply with HR policy, after registering, CATL will reach out to your unit chair so they can approve your participation. Once approved, you will receive an email welcoming you to the course. We encourage registrants to finish the course before the end of the semester in which they enroll, or reapply for a subsequent semester to complete the course. For example,
- Fall registrants should finish before Dec. 10, 2021
- January registrants can begin Jan. 3, 2022 and must finish by Jan 21, 2022
- Spring registrants can begin Jan. 24 and must finish by May 13, 2022
The first course is called Teaching with Technology Basecamp. This course includes information on course development in distance environments as well as technical information on Canvas and the various physical and digital rooms instructors will use for teaching distance education courses. As a basecamp, it will provide the essentials you need to be successful on the path to building your course.
While the basecamp will provide essentials, the second course, called Distance Education Trail Guides, picks up where the first course leaves off. The trail guides course centers on developing learning pathways for students. This course is for you if you have completed the basecamp and would like to explore more systematically how to develop distance education courses. You will be able to choose from one of two options: developing a synchronous course or developing an asynchronous course.
The second course helps with course development but, as we all know, planning and doing present separate issues.
In the third course, Distance Education Retreats, you will participate in a community of practice that provides help and support during the teaching of your distance educations course while also exploring a topic of interest related to the teaching of your distance education course.