Online Teaching Certificate Program

This is a four course, non-credit Online Teaching Certificate 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.

 

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.
  • 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.

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF DESIGNING AND TEACHING ONLINE COURSES

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 certificate 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.

AVAILABLE SECTIONS

 

ABSORB, DO, CONNECT - TECHNOLOGIES TO PRESENT, EXPERIENCE AND COLLABORATE

This course, based on the Community of Inquiry framework, will utilize several approaches to enable participants to experience and explore technologies used for 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 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.

FUTURE SECTIONS

 

VIDEO VOYAGES: THE BASICS OF USING VIDEO IN ONLINE AND HYBRID COURSES

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 using video in their courses.  Topics covered include the pros and cons of using videos in your hybrid or online class as well as a survey of the skills, software, and equipment required for basic video production. Participants in this course will evaluate the effectiveness of using video within a hybrid or online class; learn the use of several common video tools; identify and resolve potential obstacles when working with video; and 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 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.

AVAILABLE SECTIONS

  • January 30 through February 26, 2017 - Instructor: Mary Labrada

 

ACCESSIBILITY AND COMPLIANCE IN ONLINE EDUCATION

This course introduces to online learning educators basic concepts, issues, approaches, strategies, beneficiaries, and resources with regard to the creation and delivery of online courses that are accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.

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.

AVAILABLE SECTIONS

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program for-credit?

No.  This program is non-credit.

I have never taught online, can I still earn this certificate?

Absolutely!

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.

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.