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Online Teaching Certification

Online Instructor Certification for Summer 2020

Teaching Online at Texas State Hybrid Course

This hybrid course is offered using Canvas and Zoom. The course is made up of several modules--some to be completed before the synchronous session begins and some afterwards. In total, it is anticipated that you will spend 8 hours on this course. Asynchronous course topics include Introduction to Online Teaching, Introductory Course Materials, Accessibility, and Copyright, Fair Use, Intellectual Property, and Student Privacy. Synchronous course topics expand on these to learn about Instructional Planning and Alignment, Course Content: Curating, Formatting, and Organizing, Communication and Interaction, and Learner Activities. The course wraps up with an asynchronous module on Online Student Misconduct, and information about additional resources and our online/hybrid teaching community. Additional optional modules on various technologies including LMS systems, multimedia application and tools for collaboration are also offered.Those who choose this option will be able to begin work in the Canvas course within a week before the synchronous meeting day. More information about this course and registration is available via the Signup Reservation System.

Teaching Online at Texas State Self-Paced Course

This self-paced, fully-online course is offered using Canvas, the university’s learning management system. Although we invite you to take as much time as you might want or need to review the materials and complete the course, most will finish in fewer than 8 hours, and faculty with prior knowledge of online teaching and learning concepts have opportunities throughout the course to test out of specific modules. Additionally, the modular nature of the course will allow faculty to engage with a lesson at a time as they have time. Course topics include Instructional Planning, Learner Activities, Communication and Interaction, Distance Learning Policy, Accessibility, and Student Misconduct. Those who choose this option will be able to begin work on the program within a business day of registration. More information about this course and registration is available via the Signup Reservation System.


Faculty Development Requirements

The options provided above for faculty development for online teaching have been approved by the Distance and Extended Learning Steering Committee. These options are designed to meet SACSCOC and THECB requirements that faculty who teach distance education courses have appropriate training, as described in PPS 02.03.20.

Any faculty member wishing to teach an online or hybrid course is required to complete at least one of the training options listed above before teaching an online or hybrid course at Texas State University. On-campus and virtual course options that meet the necessary requirements are offered through the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.

Additionally, online options include courses offered through Quality Matters (QM) and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).

Note: If you have already completed one of the training options through QM or OLC, you are exempt from completing any of the training options listed above, with the exception of Teaching Online at TXST - Supplemental.


Ongoing Faculty Development Options through ODEL

The Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL) implements a professional development program on the Texas State campus that is designed to meet the SACSCOC and THECB requirements. New professional development programs through ODEL are currently in development.

Traditionally, ODEL has offered two classroom-based programs designed to prepare faculty for online teaching: 

Program Duration
Foundations of Online Course Design and Development (Instructors design and develop one online lesson and the course components required for that lesson) 2-5 weeks (depending on semester)
Advanced Online Course Design and Development (Instructors design and develop a fully online course, including all course components. Participation requires the department chair’s approval, including support for a course release funded by the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs)  One semester—Fall or Spring

Texas State's planned transition to a new learning management system has encouraged a redesign of these programs and enrollment has been temporarily suspended in the Foundations and Advanced programs. 


Additional Options 

The following courses offered by Quality Matters (QM) and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) are also approved options for faculty training.

To be certified to teach online or hybrid courses at Texas State, any faculty member who completes one of the following courses from QM or OLC is also required to complete the Texas State supplement, Teaching Online @ TXState - Supplemental, which is a brief course focusing on essential material specific to Texas State. To enroll in Teaching Online @ TXState, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at distanceed@txstate.edu.

Course Prerequisite Duration
QM Designing Your Online Course* None 2 weeks
QM Designing Your Blended Course* None 2 weeks
QM Improving Your Online Course* An online course to improve 2 weeks
OLC Online Teaching Certificate Online teaching experience 10 weeks for foundation course plus 3 electives
OLC Advanced Teaching Certificate 3+ years teaching experience or OLC teaching certificate and 1-yr experience 3 week foundation course plus 4 live synchronous sessions

* As an alternative to the online course, Texas State may invite QM to provide an intensive, single-day, face-to-face session for up to 20 participants. There are no prerequisite requirements, and participant materials are provided by QM.


Self-Documentation Alternative

Instructors with prior training, extensive experience teaching online, and other qualifications may seek an alternative approach to meeting the professional development requirement by completing the Alternative Documentation of Faculty Development for Online Instruction.

To complete and submit this form, open it using a current version of Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Once you complete and sign the form, you may e-mail it, along with supporting documentation, to the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at DistanceEd@txstate.edu. For assistance digitally signing, please view the How to Digitally Sign PDFs video.

If you have any difficulty completing the form, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at 512.245.2322 for assistance.

This process will take several hours to complete, and the documentation and attachments will then be evaluated by an instructional designer and distance learning administrator. Once the review process is complete, the instructor may be provided with a waiver of Texas State's requirement for a professional development program.

NOTE: To be certified to teach online or hybrid courses at Texas State, any faculty member who who submits Alternative Documentation will also required to complete the Texas State supplement, Teaching Online @ TXState - Supplemental, which is a brief course focusing on essential material specific to Texas State. To enroll in Teaching Online @ TXState, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at distanceed@txstate.edu.


Texas State Supplemental Course: Any faculty member who submits Alternative Documentation or completes QM or OLC online teaching certification courses is also required to complete the Texas State supplement, Teaching Online @ TXState - Supplemental, which is a brief course focusing on essential material specific to Texas State. To enroll in Teaching Online @ TXState - Supplemental, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at distanceed@txstate.edu.