Online Teaching Certificate Program
The Office of Instructional Design offers a four course, non-credit Online Teaching Certificate program, available to Rutgers and non-Rutgers faculty, staff, and graduate students. These courses are designed to prepare you for online teaching or sharpen your skills if you are already teaching online. Courses can be completed in any sequence. The Online Teaching Certificate is awarded for successful completion of all four.
Why earn an Online Teaching Certificate from Rutgers Online?
- Marketable: Earn a certificate from Rutgers Online, a recognized leader in online education.
- Practical: Each course is 100% online and gives you the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully teach online.
- High-quality: Each course was designed and developed by instructional design and technology experts with years of online teaching experience.
- Affordable: The cost for Rutgers faculty, staff & graduate students is $100 per course, so $400 total for the certificate. The cost for non-Rutgers faculty, staff, and graduate students is $300 per course, so $1,200 for the whole certificate.
- Expert Instructors: The courses are taught by instructional design and technology experts from Rutgers as well as other leading universities.
When first developing an online or hybrid course, instructors can feel at sea and as though they have little solid knowledge on which to base their choices for course activities and delivery. There is an ongoing body of research on what makes an effective online course, though, and this course is designed to provide a base of such pedagogical knowledge to help instructors accurately judge the impact of their decisions when developing and teaching their own online courses. Holding this course itself online also provides an introduction to common learning management system (LMS) elements. Participants will gain insight into their role as an instructor for an online course and learn best practices for teaching online, and will apply these practices by developing a sample course unit. This course is designed for beginners and the material we will cover is broadly applicable to any course delivered through an LMS.
Required textbook: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses by Thormann and Zimmerman, ISBN 978-0-8077-5309-5.
Format: This non-credit course is offered in the Canvas LMS, online over a 5-week period with scheduled assignment due dates. It is asynchronous, but not self-paced.
- June 5 through July 9, 2017- Instructor: Emily Ravenwood
This course, based on the Community of Inquiry framework, will utilize several approaches to enable participants to experience and explore technologies used for online instruction and strategies for their effective integration. We will cover such topics as recording lectures and presentations, supporting student collaborative work, incorporation of multimedia, and establishing policies and practices to create a community of learners.
Format: This non-credit course is offered in the Canvas LMS, online over a 6-week period with scheduled assignment due dates. It is asynchronous, but not self-paced.
- September 18 through October 29, 2017 - Instructor: Steven Garwood
Incorporating video within your course content can be powerful and engaging. Videos can stimulate discussions, invite learners to analyze concepts, and emotionally engage the audience. This course is designed to introduce beginners to the basics of producing videos for their courses. Topics covered include an overview the video production planning process and of common software, tools, and techniques. Participants will also explore the characteristics of engaging videos and learn to identify and resolve potential obstacles when producing videos. By the end of the course, students will create a short video suitable for use in a hybrid or online course. For the video production component of this course, participants are expected to have access to a computer with a web-camera and microphone installed.
Format: This certificate course is offered in the Canvas LMS, online over a 4-week period with scheduled assignment due dates. It is asynchronous, but not self-paced.
- January 30 through February 26, 2017 - Instructor: Mary Labrada
This course introduces some basic concepts, issues, approaches, strategies, beneficiaries, and resources related to accessibility in online courses. Participants will learn about the wide variety of access challenges, in online courses, and practice creating broadly accessible materials. While the course does not focus on legal issues, it will provide a review of some pertinent legislation on access and disability.
Format: This certificate course is offered in the Canvas LMS, online over a 6-week period with scheduled assignment due dates. It is asynchronous, but not self-paced.
- April 3 - May 14, 2017 - Instructor: Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler
Is this program for-credit?
No. This program is non-credit.
I have never taught online, can I still earn this certificate?
I am not a Rutgers faculty member, can I still earn this certificate?
Absolutely. This certificate is available to everyone including Rutgers staff and graduate students, as well as, non-Rutgers faculty, staff and graduate students.
What is the cost?
Each course is $100 for Rutgers-aligned participants and $300 for non-Rutgers participants.
Are discounts available?
The certificate is already very affordable so no, there are no discounts available. The total cost for the certificate is $400 for Rutgers-aligned participants or $1,200 for non-Rutgers participants.
What kind of interaction with instructors can I expect?
Instructors provide continual feedback and communication in the course. Online office hours are also available.
Who are the instructors?
Our courses are taught by instructional design and technology experts from Rutgers as well as other leading universities, many of whom are also teaching faculty.
Are courses synchronous or asynchronous?
Each course is 100% asynchronous. This does not mean self-paced, though. There are hard deadlines for assignments, which must be met to complete the course successfully.
Do I have to start with the 'Fundamentals' course?
No. We recommend you start with 'Fundamentals,' but it is not required. Our courses can be taken in any sequence.
Have more questions? Email the Office of Instructional Design OID@docs.rutgers.edu for more information regarding the Online Teaching Certificate.