Online and Blended Teaching Certificate Programs

The Online & Blended Teaching Certificate Programs have been developed to assist faculty in the design, development, and delivery of online and blended courses. In each certificate, instructors will be guided through curriculum based on the Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QLT) Program offered through the California State University, Office of the Chancellor.

Book Club! Faculty participating in the Online & Blended Teaching Certificate Programs will be given the book Teaching Online: A Practical Guide. 2017. Ko, S., Rossen, S. Each month throughout the program, The Center for Faculty Excellence will host an optional, informal Book Club in our Lounge.

Introduction to Teaching Online Certificate

This semester-long certificate is focused on those new to teaching fully online or in a hybrid/blended course environment. Participants will take part in an interactive cohort that meets face-to-face, online and in potential synchronous sessions. Through this blended approach, instructors will gain the essential skills and knowledge necessary to effectively teach online and blended courses as well gain a solid understanding of how to enhance the learning opportunities for all students. Professional Development funds will be available.

Highlights of the Introduction to Teaching Online Certificate
Required attendance of at least three 2-hour synchronous  meetings with topics including: 

  • Developing your online course map
  • Building your online presence
  • Engaging your online students
  • Aligning your resources, activities, assignments and assessments
  • Addressing accessibility in your online course
  • Portfolio of artifacts
  • Individual consultations with your assigned Instructional Designer
  • Optional Book Club participation

Fall 2017 Meeting Dates

  • Friday, September 29, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday October 20, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday November 17, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The application process is now closed for the Fall 2017 Introduction to Teaching Online Certificate

Advanced Online and Blended Teaching Certificate Program

This certificate program begins Spring 2018

This certificate is designed for those faculty who are currently teaching a fully online or a hybrid/blended course. Through an interactive cohort, participants will enhance and strengthen current skills to become a more effective instructor in both the pedagogy and practices of online instruction. An integral part of this program is the application of the QOLT Objectives. To achieve this, successful completion of Q2 Reviewing Courses Using the QOLT Instrument is required. Program 2 - Focused on faculty who currently teach online.

Highlights of the Advanced Online & Blended Teaching Certificate
Self-evaluation of your online course and required attendance at two 2-hour synchronous meetings with topics including: 

  • Peer evaluation
  • Course redesign action plan
  • Showcase of course transformation
  • Submission of redesigned course to the Office of the Chancellor for Cross-Campus Enrollment
  • Potential to serve as a member of the QOLT Working Group at Fresno State
  • Individual consultations with your assigned Instructional Designer
  • Optional Book Club participation