Online learning is an extension of existing academic programs delivered through distance learning technologies that balance an anytime, anyplace asynchronous approach with synchronous opportunities and engaging community building. Faculty members at Florida A&M University are encouraged to complete the Distance Learning Certification to teach online.
**Instructors are encouraged to be recertified every three years.**
Distance Learning Certification
The certification program is a comprehensive program that combines software training along with lessons in the methods, approaches, and practical techniques for teaching online. In addition to preparing instructors to teach online, the Online Blackboard Training sessions are designed to simulate participants' experience in the virtual classroom, and to broaden their awareness of current online course practices with the use of Web resources. Through practice of software tools and alternative teaching techniques, participants will become more acquainted with the stylistic differences of online instruction and learning.
The Training Program is designed with the practical need of online instructors in mind. Participants will be expected to complete the program by the end of the current semester. Since most of the communication is asynchronous, participants may log on at any time of day.
Frequent interaction is an important key to success in online courses. Regular interaction with other instructors as well as the facilitator will help familiarizes participants with valuable teaching and leaning practices.
Benefits of the Program
Many faculty teaching online courses today have little experience of formal training in online instruction. Individual who complete the certification program understand the capabilities of current technologies for online teaching and learning, and as a result, are able to design pedagogically sound and highly engaging online content, learning activities, and student assessments
In order to earn the online teaching certificate, the participant must successfully complete five (5) modules. . Participants will be expected to complete the program by the end of the current semester.