Teaching Online Certification for Pace University Instructors

The goal of this certification is to prepare instructors in online pedagogy as well as effectively using the University’s learning management system (Blackboard) and other instructional technologies for teaching online, or as a supplement (blended) to an on-campus face-to-face course. This certification is a collaborative initiative brought forth by the Office of the Provost; the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology & the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development. This certification ensures that Pace University continues to offer learner-centered courses, and to provide a designation for faculty who have dedicated themselves to quality online or blended education.

 

REQUIREMENTS (must complete all 4):

  • TOC 101: Blackboard Basics for Instructors
    (Lecture type: self-paced, online asynchronous)
  • TOC 201: Seminar on Teaching Effectively Online
    (Lecture type: 1 week, online asynchronous)
  • TOC 301: Advanced Blackboard Features for Instructors
    (Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, on-campus/face-to-face)
  • TOC 401: Intensive Course Development and Quality Assessment
    (Lecture type: 5 two-hour sessions, online synchronous using Blackboard Collaborate)

ELECTIVES (must complete at least 2):

  • Blackboard® Collaborate web conferencing
    (Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, online synchronous or on-campus/face-to-face)
  • Echo 360® lecture capture/personal capture
    (Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, on-campus/face-to-face)
  • Respondus® exam monitoring
    (Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, online synchronous or on-campus/face-to-face)
  • Turnitin® online plagiarism and grammar checker
    (Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, online synchronous or on-campus/face-to-face)

 


 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

REQUIREMENTS (must complete all 4):

  • TOC 101: Blackboard Basics for Instructors
    Lecture type: self-paced, online asynchronous
    This is an online, self-paced course for faculty interested in teaching online, or interested in having a web-based component to their course. Blackboard Basics is a self-paced online course. It is suggested, however, that faculty complete the course in one week. The course is designed to familiarize faculty with the Blackboard interface, functions, and basics in Blackboard course building. The course is divided into topical areas: adding content; the control panel; managing the course menu; course design; functionality of the discussion board; and more. In this course participants have a student role. Student participants do not have access to course management tools. Since Instructors have access to course management tools in their own course(s), the best way to learn the material in this course is to start with small chunks of information, and practice it in their own Blackboard shell. Attending a Blackboard Basics face-to-face session at Instructional Resource Day (in either January or August) facilitated by CTLT fulfills this requirement as well. A faculty member can waive out of this requirement contingent upon the successful completion of basic Blackboard tasks.
     
  • TOC 201: Teaching Effectively Online
    Lecture type: 1 week, online asynchronous
    This seminar introduces instructional design theory and the basics of what it takes to develop and teach a course online. In this week-long online asynchronous seminar, participants experience first-hand what it is like to be an online learner. Through completing each module, participants learn pedagogical concepts, trends, and mechanics of online teaching. Participants will be able to identify the types of learning resources available and assess their abilities. The main goals of the workshop are to create effective online instruction; to describe some of the challenges students have getting started with online learning; to examine assessment differently when teaching online; to apply consistency to design and think holistically about the structure of an online course; to identify the critical elements of managing a discussion board; and to investigate Pace University Library resources and services available to online students and faculty. This online seminar is designed to be work intensive, requiring daily active participation and completion of posted assignments. The course materials and resources used in this seminar are a collaboration of contributions from numerous experts in the various fields of online teaching. This is offered twice a year right before the start of each semester in January and August. This is facilitated by CTLT.
     
  • TOC 301: Advance Blackboard Features for Instructors
    Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, on-campus/face-to-face
    This one-time face-to-face session facilitated by CTLT can be taken face-to-face on advance features such as: the grade center; using the assignments tool; attaching Blackboard assignments to the grade center; using the groups tool; and a review of various Blackboard building blocks. A review of the resources in the Faculty Digital Media Lab is also given. Attending a Blackboard Advanced face-to-face session at Instructional Resource Day (in either January or August) facilitated by CTLT fulfills this requirement as well. A faculty member will successfully complete this portion based on the successful completion of advanced Blackboard tasks.
     
  • TOC 401: Intensive Course Development and Quality Assessment
    Lecture type: 5 two-hour sessions, online synchronous using Blackboard Collaborate
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of TOC 101 (or waiver), TOC 201, & TOC 301.
    In this five-session online synchronous workshop participants walk through the development process and create the core of an online course, including learning objectives, syllabus and course material for at least two complete weeks of instruction. Instructors can assess the quality of their courses according to eight standards and sub standards related to technology usability and instructional design. This tool provides measurement criteria, benchmarks, ratings and a weighting system to provide an overview that is as objective as possible. This is facilitated by CTLT.

 

ELECTIVES (must complete at least 2):

  • Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing
    Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, online synchronous or on-campus/face-to-face
    Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration platform providing web conferencing, mobile collaboration, instant messaging, and voice authoring. Instructors will also learn the whiteboard, breakout groups, and polling features. This interactive tool is completely web-based and is an excellent component for online and blended courses of all disciplines. Attending this session on campus at Instructional Resource Day (in either January or August), or online fulfills this requirement as well. This is facilitated by ITS Academic Technology.
     
  • Echo 360® lecture capture/personal capture
    Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, on-campus/face-to-face
    Learn how to create lectures using Echo 360® personal capture. Echo 360® is a tool designed to allow instructor’s voice, video, and computer presentations to be captured. Instructors will also be trained on how to use Echo360® lecture capture in Echo360®-enabled rooms on campus, where you will be able to simultaneously record voice, video, and computer presentations from classroom podiums. Captures can be scheduled to begin and end automatically or you can make an ad hoc recording while in the classroom. Attending this session at Instructional Resource Day (in either January or August) fulfills this requirement as well. This is facilitated by ITS Educational Media.
     
  • Respondus® exam monitoring
    Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, online synchronous or on-campus/face-to-face
    Respondus® is a secure online exam solution that is web-based. There are two components, the Lockdown Browser and Respondus® Monitor. The Lockdown Browser component locks down the testing environment by restricting students from accessing other websites, course content, and many other functions, in order to provide a secure online exam environment. The Respondus® Monitor component adds an extra layer of security for online students by requiring students to record themselves taking the exam via webcam. Attending this session on campus at Instructional Resource Day (in either January or August), or online fulfills this requirement as well. This is facilitated by ITS Academic Technology.
     
  • Turnitin® online plagiarism and grammar checker
    Lecture type: 1 one-hour session, online synchronous or on-campus/face-to-face
    Learn about Turnitin, an anti-plagiarism and peer review software. Turnitin is integrated with Blackboard and is not only useful for instructors but students can utilize the application to check their own writing for improperly used content, inadvertent plagiarism and quotation errors. Attending this session on campus at Instructional Resource Day (in either January or August), or online fulfills this requirement as well. This is facilitated by CTLT.

 

For any questions regarding the Teaching Online Certification program, please contact Joe Seijo, or Julio A. Rodriguez-Rentas.