A Focused Approach to Designing and Delivering High Quality
Distance Learning and Hybrid Courses
CIRT is committed to working with faculty to enhance their knowledge of best practices related to online course design, development, and delivery. To fulfill this commitment, CIRT provides a four-tier faculty development model that includes a foundation course with separate learning tracks for part-time and full-time faculty, a suite of mastery modules covering a range of topics, support for online course development and quality certification, and participation in a master online teacher certification. In addition, CIRT provides ongoing professional development through scheduled and on-demand workshops.
Prior to Fall 2017, CIRT provided two distinct teaching online seminars, TOL5100 for part-time faculty and TOL6100 for full-time faculty. Both seminars were highly successful and combined for 450+ TOL graduates. However, a growing need to focus on blended and personalized online learning inspired us to design a more robust and refined personalized training curriculum. To that end, the TOL’s were combined into a single foundation course with separate learning tracks for part-time and full-time faculty that provides all participants with access to all the same course materials and resources.
Major topics covered in the foundation course include instructional design, student engagement, assessments, course facilitation, instructional media, universal design for learning, library resources, and blended learning. Throughout the course, participants will also have opportunities to discuss topics with their peers, collaborate with instructional designers, and participate in virtual communication sessions.
For full-time faculty, 8-week blended format, ~40 hours commitment
In this track, participants learn about pedagogy, course design, instructional strategies, communication strategies, and online assessment involved in the development and delivery of high-quality blended and fully online courses. This intensive track includes a face-to-face kickoff day, eight online modules, a face-to-face roundtable discussion, and a culminating online final presentation.
Upon successful completion of all required activities and assignments, participants will receive:
How to apply?
For part-time faculty, 5-week asynchronous format, ~25 hours of commitment
In this track, participants learn about the important pedagogical, logistical, and technological issues involved in delivering effective online courses. This track includes five online modules and an optional synchronous communication session.
Participation in this track is based on nomination. Contact your Academic Chair for nomination.
To provide additional support and a more personalized training curriculum for UNF faculty, CIRT offers a suite of mastery modules that provide a more in-depth mastery-level understanding of topics related to effective online teaching and learning. The mastery modules are available to all faculty members that have completed the TOL Foundation Course (Track A or B).
Upon successful completion of a mastery module, participants will receive:
No application required. TOL graduates can access the mastery modules via the TOFD Portal
To enroll in the TOFD-Portal, complete the TOFD-Portal Enrollment Form
12-month, self-paced blended format
Full-time faculty who successfully complete the TOL Foundation Course (Track A) may submit an application to participate in the self-paced DL Course Development (DCD) module. The DCD module was designed to guide faculty through the course development process and provide instructional design assistance as needed. Through the DCD module, participants design and develop a fully online course and complete a successful Quality Matters course review of that course within 12-months of start date.
Upon successful completion of the Quality Matters course review, participants will receive:
Faculty may apply at any point after completing the TOL Foundation Course (Track A). A maximum of 50 applicants will be accepted in each fiscal year. Chair support to offer the course in a distance learning format is required.
Become a QM certified peer reviewer by completing two QM training courses and then participating in QM reviews at UNF. A modest stipend will be available for participation in course reviews. Full-time faculty who have completed the TOL foundation course (Track A) and developed at least one DL course that has passed a QM review are eligible to participate in this training and certification.
Upon successful completion of both QM course reviewer certifications, participants will receive:
Visit Become a QM Certified Peer Reviewer page for more information.
Pursue further professional development in online teaching through the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program offered as a sequence of one foundation course and three electives leading from the conceptual to the implementation of online learning effectiveness best practices.
Visit UNF's MOT Certification page for more information.
To assist UNF faculty with their ongoing professional development efforts, CIRT has developed a Teaching Online Faculty Development (TOFD) Portal where UNF faculty can continue their training on developing and delivering high-quality blended and online courses. The purpose of this portal is to provide faculty with a centralized location (within Canvas) to easily access all the materials from previous TOL courses, participate in the new Mastery Modules, engage in ongoing discussions about course design and delivery, and browse additional resources related to online teaching and learning.
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