Teaching Online Faculty Development Model

A Focused Approach to Designing and Delivering High Quality Distance Learning


FD Model

TOL4100: Teaching Online Tool Essentials


This course was 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.

  • Self-paced course
  • 6–8 hours
  • Register and start at any time.

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

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.


TOL5100: Online Course Delivery


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
  • Corequisite: TOL4100
  • Registration is based on nomination. Contact your Academic Chair and/or Program Director for nomination.
  • Compensation ($1500 stipend) is available for participants upon successful course completion and certification will be awarded.


TOL6100: Teaching Online Seminar


The goal of this course is to prepare instructors to develop and deliver high-quality distance learning. In order to meet that goal, instructors need quality training on common pedagogical, logistical, and technological strategies. This intensive seminar covers pedagogy, course design, instructional strategies, communication strategies, and online assessment. TOL6100 is offered in a hybrid format that includes a face-to-face kickoff day, seven online modules, a face-to-face roundtable discussion (half day), and face-to-face culminating final presentation day (half day).

  • Eight-week facilitated cohort in a blended format.
  • 40 hours
  • Corequisite: TOL4100
  • Registration is ongoing throughout the year
  • Compensation is available to participants upon successful completion and certification will be awarded.

**note- until 2015, TOL6100 included both the training to develop and deliver an online course and the course development itself. Course development support has now been moved to a separate course- TOL7100.


TOL7100: Teaching Online Seminar

This is a self-paced online seminar course designed to assist faculty with their development of a high-quality distance learning course. The objective of TOL7100 is that participants design and develop an online course and complete a successful Quality Matters course review within one year of TOL7100 start date. TOL7100 is organized into three phases (Getting Started, Design and Development, and Course Review). Each phase provides participants with basic guidance to support the course development. Participants may choose a guided track in which they work closely with an instructional designer (ID) to create a Course Development Plan that contains benchmarks and deadlines, or they may choose an independent track in which there are occasional meetings with an ID to discuss course development issues, but the overall course development process is self-managed.

  • Self-paced online course i.e., participants are not required to attend face-to-face seminars or submit assignments.
  • Completed within 12-months.
  • Prerequisite: TOL6100
  • Faculty may apply at any point after TOL6100 completion for entry into TOL7100. A maximum of 50 applicants will be accepted in each fiscal year.
  • Support from the Chair to offer the course in a distance learning format is required.
  • Compensation is available to participants upon successful completion of a Quality Matters course review.


MOT: Master Online Teacher Certification

Alumni of TOL6100 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.


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.