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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 Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching and Professional Development & 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 3):

  • 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: Mentoring
    (One on One Consultation and Guidance)

Course Descriptions

Requirements (must complete all 3):

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 Development Day (in either January or August) facilitated by The Faculty Center 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 and apply standards to online course design; 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 The Faculty Center.

TOC 301: Mentoring
One on One Consultation and Guidance
Mentoring is the final step of the three-part certification process. Faculty are asked to apply what they have learned in constructing a completely online course, starting with an empty course shell. Content from previous, current or future course shells may be used, and once the course has been created, faculty are free to copy the content over to one of their own course shells for future use. While faculty are building their courses, the Faculty Center will monitor, support, and make recommendations for successful completion of the Teaching Online Certification program. An appointment can be arranged with a Faculty Center staff member to assess the course shell and determine if it meets the satisfaction requirements. 

For any questions regarding the Teaching Online Certification program, please contact Joe Seijo.