Training to Teach Online
All Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) faculty members are required to complete initial certification to develop and deliver an online or hybrid course. The initial certification process involves one-on-one collaboration between the developing faculty member and an assigned Instructional Designer in the Office of Digital Learning and Instructional Design Services (DLIDS), in concert with the development of the course.
All faculty are automatically enrolled in this certification and will have access indefinitely. To access the certification, faculty will need to log in to eClass (Moodle) and look for Preparation for Teaching Hybrid-Online Courses – A Foundational Workshop for MSMC Faculty in their My Courses list. The initial certification process is intended to take no more than 20 hours to complete.
All faculty actively engaged in delivering online or hybrid courses must assist MSMC in documenting our quality assurance efforts and adhering to best practices in online education while meeting accreditation standards. Every three years, MSMC faculty are required to complete a recertification.
Faculty can satisfy recertification by working one-on-one with an Instructional Designer in DLIDS and completing an established series of self-paced, on-line tutorials. To access the recertification, faculty will need to log in to eClass (Moodle) and look for Preparation for Teaching Hybrid-Online Courses – A Foundational Workshop for MSMC Faculty in their My Courses list. The refresher certification process is intended to take no more than 10 hours to complete.
NOTE: Recertification should be aimed at meeting the expectations outlined in the Quality Matters rubric or similar framework for online education. In 2021, DLIDS in partnership with the Faculty Development Committee, will arrange alternative pathways for completion and designate points, tied both to time and intensity. This could include participation at internal or external webinars and workshops, certification from industry partners in online education, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary conferences. In total, instruction and engagement should consist of 10 hours of instruction/engagement or 5 workshop points over 3 years (.5 points for every hour spent).
Whether completing the initial certification for the first time, or as a refresher, all faculty are required to self-assess their course by using the established Online Course Review Tool established by Academic Affairs/DLIDS.
The Office of Digital Learning and Instructional Design Services maintains the official certification list (including a list of DE401 and OL500 certificate recipients).