Teaching Online Faculty Development Model

A Focused Approach to Designing and Delivering High Quality Distance Learning


Teaching Online Tool Essentials (TOL4100)


TOL4100 is designed to help you learn to navigate and become familiar with the most-used tools in Blackboard for designing web-enhanced, hybrid and online courses. This course offers a basic overview of the Blackboard Learn system presented in six learning modules:

  • Blackboard Introduction
  • Adding Content
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Assessment Tools
  • Grade Center

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Navigate, build, and customize your Blackboard course.
  • Add and organize course content.
  • Communicate within Blackboard using announcements and email tools.
  • Build collaboration spaces for students using the Discussion Board and Blackboard Groups
  • Build and customize assignments, assessments, SafeAssignments in Blackboard. 
  • Organize and grade in the Grade Center.

There are two main sections of this course:



The Portfolio section of the course details the instructions for the Blackboard development (DEV) course you will create and use to demonstrate your mastery of the tools in Blackboard.


The Learning Modules consist of tutorials and practice activities that will help you complete the portfolio assignments.

Self-paced course; register and start at any time. 6 – 8 hours.

Online Course Delivery (TOL5100)


This course was designed primarily for part-time faculty. Participants learn about the important pedagogical, logistical, and technological issues involved in delivering effective online courses.

  • Six-week asynchronous course with live instructor; register and start in any semester.
  • 25 hours
  • Prerequisite: Teaching Online Tool Essentials (TOL 4100)
  • Participation is based on chair nomination. 
  • Compensation ($1500 stipend) is available for participants upon successful course completion and certification will be awarded.

Teaching Online Seminar (TOL6100) 

This course prepares instructors to develop and deliver a fully online course. The experience combines online coursework, cohort-based seminars, and instructional design consultation. The course addresses the important pedagogical, logistical, and technological issues involved in designing and delivering effective online courses. 

  • Facilitated cohort in a blended format.
  • 80 hours
  • Typically offered 2x a year.
  • Call for proposals  announced in early Fall.
  • All courses developed in TOL6100 are  reviewed using the Quality Matters rubic.
  • Compensation is available to participants upon successful course review and certification will be awarded.
  • Application available: http://www.unf.edu/cirt/TOL/Faculty_Development_Model.aspx

Ongoing Professional Development

The CIRT Events schedule provides additional opportunities for ongoing professional development from CIRT staff in addition to webinars from national organizations including the Educause Learning Initiative, Academic Impressions, the Sloan Foundation, and the New Media Consortium.


National Certification

Alumni of TOL 6100 may apply for a seat  in the national iON Master Online Teacher certificate program. This rigorous 18-month program recognizes and certifies faculty, staff, and administrators who achieve a measurable level of knowledge related to online course design, online instruction, and other issues related to online teaching and learning. A limited number of spots will be funded each year and stipends available to participants.  Faculty who achieve  national certification are expected to provide service to the university community in the form of mentoring, course review, and/or workshop delivery. Contact CIRT for more information.


National Certification provided by the Illinois Online Network.