Training to Teach Online

Training to Teach Online

Initial Certification Re-Certification (“Refresher”)
Requirement Initial certification must be completed prior to teaching a hybrid or online course at MSMC for the first time. For faculty who completed the certification over 3 years ago, re-certification is required.

100% Online, asynchronous and synchronous:

This pathway consists of a blend of both self-paced learning and at least one Zoom meeting with an Instructional Designer.

100% Online, asynchronous:

This pathway is usually a self-paced review of instructional design principles and pedagogical approaches to teaching online; meeting with an Instructional Designer is optional.

Time on Task

~ 5 – 10 hours

Faculty with more expertise in online teaching and use of learning management systems may complete in less time. Beginners may need additional time to complete.

~ 2 – 5 hours

Time on task highly depends on previous experience teaching hybrid and/or online courses at MSMC.


This certification addresses teaching with technology and instructional design principles, pedagogical approaches to teaching online and hybrid courses, as well as the organization and management of an online course. In addition, it provides an opportunity for faculty to become more familiar with the environment of eClass (Moodle), Mount Saint Mary College’s learning management system, from both a student and instructor perspective.


The certification is offered in a fully online format and contains five modules of guiding videos, self-paced resources, and hybrid-online course development tasks. By the end of the certification, you will have created one full module or week as well as supporting course documents such as a syllabus.

Required Self-Assessment and Instructional Designer Feedback

All faculty seeking certification and re-certification are required to self-assess their course by using the  Online Course Review Tool established by Academic Affairs/DLIDS. MSMC’s Online Course Review Tool is based upon the standards of quality online course design found in the Quality Matters rubric (QM).

At the end of the training, faculty will submit their Online Course Review Tool and schedule a mutually agreeable time for a QM Certified Instructional Designer to visit the eClass course.  The faculty member will then receive written feedback on the course design, links to additional resources, and any other tips for success from a QM Certified Instructional Designer.

Documentation and Records of Completion

A certificate of completion and digital badge will be awarded after completion of all five modules and submission of the Online Course Review Tool.

The completed Online Course Review Tool and subsequent feedback that is received through certification is formally documented for record keeping purposes.

Certification records are kept by the Office of Digital Learning & Instructional Design Services and each School/Division. Chairpersons should work with the Director of DLIDS to determine faculty training status and needs on a semester-by-semester basis.

Continuous Self-Assessment

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.

Faculty are encouraged to use the Online Course Review Tool to “self-check” their online courses any time they teach. For the purposes of self-check, an Online Course Review Tool does not need to be submitted or recorded unless requested by the faculty member. If desired, a consultation with an Instructional Designer can be arranged by emailing

Quality Matters (QM) Certification and other Education Waivers

Faculty who become Quality Matters (QM) certified will receive an education waiver for the training to teach online; however, it is still expected that faculty will continue to utilize the support and resources available to them through DLIDS to keep abreast of best practices for online course design, as well as MSMC policies and expectations related to teaching online.

Faculty who have other formal certifications or education in online pedagogy may request an education waiver. Education waivers are considered at the discretion of the Director of Digital Learning and Instructional Design Services. Note: Since online teaching practices advance as the field grows, and expectations related to teach online tend to vary by institution, previous online teaching experience cannot be considered for the purposes of a waiver.