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Online/Hybrid Instructor Certification Program

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Online Certification Program

Certification Recognition

Basic Level

Online Class I (Foundations)

Working collaboratively, and in consultation with the facilitator, you will demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of online course design. Specifically:

  • Online vs. face-to-face teaching
  • Quality assurance course review rubric
  • Backward design strategy
    • Creation of measurable desired course learning outcomes
    • Alignment of learning outcomes and assessment
    • Online assessments planning

Online Class II (Collaboration)

Working collaboratively, and in consultation with the facilitator, you will demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of online course design. Specifically:

  • Planning and sequencing online activities
  • Designing and grading of online discussion and online group work
  • Using technology to support online collaboration

To Be Certified at this Level:
  • Complete both online classes satisfactorily.
  • Successfully teach an online/hybrid class for at least ONE semester.
  • Complete a certification course review.
Advanced Level

Online Class (Special Issues)

  • OER (Open Education Resources)
  • Copyright & Fair Use
  • Course Accessibility & Usability
  • Multi-media
  • Student Authentication
  • Student-student mentoring
  • Emerging Cloud services and applications

*Content for this class will very, depending on current campus needs or issues.


To be certified at this level:
  • Complete the online course satisfactorily.
  • Complete one full or partial re-design of an existing course incorporating at least one new technology, or, complete the full development of an on-campus class to fully online or hybrid format.  Both cases require a certification course review.
  • Submit one essay outlining the re-design of your course (strategies, technology used and rationale...) potentially to be shared to SDSU community in IDS Newsletter.
  • Successfully teach the online/hybrid class under review.
Master Level

Independent Project

  • Project based/student generated

To be certified at this level:
  • Teach an online or hybrid format course for at least FOUR terms for SDSU (after you've completed the certification courses).
  • Complete an IDS approved project that provides additional knowledge/insight to the campus community, and has a focus of online or hybrid delivery format.