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Michael Starenko--Are you new to online teaching? Or, perhaps you are seeking to enhance your online teaching skills. Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) in the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) invites applications from all full-time RIT faculty who are interested in attaining the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Online Teaching Certificate. Participants will be immersed in a fully online learning environment and interact with both experts and peers from a variety of institutions and disciplines. For this new scholarship initiative, TLS will cover all OLC fees for each selected applicant. Funds are available for a total of three accepted applicants to receive this opportunity.

I. TLS Call for Applications

Key Features of the TLS Scholarship Program

  • All full-time RIT faculty (tenured, tenure-track, visiting, lecturers, etc.) with contracts for AY 2018-2019 are eligible to apply.
  • Successful applicants to the TLS Scholarship Program will be able to meet both of the OLC Online Teaching Certificate prerequisites (see below).
  • The full cost of enrollment in the OLC Online Teaching Certificate (which ranges from $1,849 to $2,370, depending on options) will be covered by TLS/ILI.
  • Scholarship recipients should expect to devote approximately 70 total hours to attain the Certificate.
  • Because the OLC Certificate is comprised of interactive, mostly asynchronous online courses and workshops, expect due dates and participation requirements.
  • Recipients may start their OLC Certificate as early as May 2018, or as late as August 27, 2018, but must complete their course of study by August 16, 2019.
  • Before taking their first OLC course or workshop, recipients will meet with an assigned TLS instructional designer to discuss their participation in both the TLS Scholarship Program and the OLC Certificate.
  • After completing their OLC Certificate, recipients will share feedback and key takeaways with TLS and/or at a TLS-sponsored event for the RIT community.

To register and successfully complete the OLC Online Teaching Certificate participants need to satisfy the following prerequisites:

  • At least one year of online teaching experience (e.g., having taught two or more online courses in one academic year) or some online teaching experience and completion of the one-week New to Online: The Essentials Part 1, Getting Started workshop (“some online teaching experience” includes moderating online whole-class discussion, fostering online small-group work, supporting wiki-based learning activities, and so forth in any course mode (face-to-face, blended/hybrid, or online)
  • Have a course, at least 2 weeks in duration, that the participant can revise or create for online delivery

Application Process for TLS Scholarship Program

  • Complete the Qualtrics online application form and submit by end of day on Friday April 13, 2018.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a TLS selection committee.
  • Scholarship awards announced: April 18, 2018

II. OLC Online Teaching Certificate Overview

General Information

OLC (formerly the Sloan Consortium) is the preeminent, non-profit, US-based organization in the field of online education. The OLC Online Teaching Certificate prepares faculty to (re)design and teach online courses using the OLC pillars of quality in online education: learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. Program outcomes include the following:

  • Leverage your background and proficiencies to become highly effective in the principles and practices of asynchronous (anywhere-anytime) instruction.
  • Integrate OLC‘s research-based, conceptual, and theoretical foundations relating to learning theory and assessment to compliment and personalize your online classroom.
  • Capitalize on your potential as an innovator in the field of online education by being challenged to create high quality work products that will be assessed by the program facilitators and your peers.
  • Work with and learn from recognized experts in the field.
  • Receive actionable feedback for immediate application.
  • Collaborate with peers from a variety of institutions and disciplines.
  • Design and develop a complete online course based on current research and best practices.

Program Details

Once the prerequisites above have been met, the Certificate program consists of three phases: The initial 10-week Online Teaching Certificate Foundation Course, three elective courses or one Mastery Series, and a final capstone presentation. During all phases of the program, participants apply knowledge and skills to the development and/or revision of their own online course.

  • Phase 1: The 10-week Foundation Course is an intensive, collaborative practicum. Participants explore an array of topics, develop strategies to build their own online courses, and give and receive peer reviews. Participants also demonstrate their mastery of the basic elements of online courses: planning the course, understanding role adjustment, organizing the course, incorporating the advantages of online communications, and applying the pedagogical principles that create purposeful learning communities. At the end of the Foundation Course, participants are matched with a personal mentor who continues to provide targeted coaching, support, and resources throughout the remainder of the program

  • Phase 2: During the elective phase, participants pursue identified areas of interest and/or need as they continue to refine strategic online course components. Participants must successfully complete three one-week electives or one Mastery Series
  • Phase 3: The Final Presentation consists of a synchronous, online presentation demonstrating the participant’s fully developed and/or revised online course, specific developed course components, and a reflection of key learning points. This invitation-only presentation is attended by the participant’s mentor and is the capstone event for this program

Total length of time to completion: All phases must be completed one year from program start (i.e., from the first day of the Foundations Course or the New to Online: The Essentials Part 1, Getting Started workshop, whichever comes first).

Electives Information

Option 1: Three Workshops

All OLC Workshops except one* can serve as an elective for your program. Optionally, participants may choose to specialize in specific workshop tracks. To specialize in a topic, select workshop electives from the same track. Available tracks are:

  • Online Design
  • Online Learners
  • Online Tools
  • Online Management

Any specializations will be noted on the program certificate of completion. If you do not want to specialize, you can select any three workshops to meet your electives requirement.

* The workshop New to Online: Getting Started, The Essentials Part 1 will not count as an elective.

Option 2: One Mastery Series

All OLC Mastery Series can serve to fulfill the electives requirement for the certificate program. Mastery specializations will be noted on the program certificate of completion. Available Mastery Series are:

  • Mobile Learning
  • Online Science Labs
  • Social Media
  • Blended Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Quality Scorecard
  • Leadership in Online Learning
Time Commitment for Participants
  • New to Online: The Essentials, Part 1 workshop: 6-8 hours total (required only if participant has some online teaching experience, but not required if one has taught two or more online courses in one academic year—see the above note about prerequisites)
  • Online Teaching Certificate Foundations Course: 40 hours total
  • Electives (including Mastery Specialization): 18 hours total
  • Capstone Preparation and Presentation: 12 hours total
Start Dates for New to Online: The Essentials Part 1, Getting Started Workshop
  • April 23, 2018 – April 29, 2018
  • May 14, 2018 - May 20, 2018
  • June 18, 2018 - June 24, 2018
Start Dates for the Foundations Course
  • May 7, 2018 – July 15, 2018
  • June 25, 2018 - September 2, 2018
  • August 27, 2018 - November 4, 2018
  • October 8, 2018 - December 16, 2018



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