Online Teaching Certification Seminar


Faculty/instructors are invited to register for the Online Teaching Certification Seminar that is designed to help deliver quality learning experiences for their students.

2021 workshop dates:

Session 8: September 13 – October 25
Session 9: September 27 – November 8
Session 10: October 4 – November 15


Registration for a session will close at noon the Monday before the session starts.

Who can participate?

Online Teaching Certification Seminar is intended for faculty/instructors who have the responsibility to teach online for the University of Missouri System.

Are there prerequisites?

Participants should have access to a Canvas course site, preferably the course they are (or will be) teaching in order to complete the certification requirements.

Is there credit given toward certification?


Credit given towards online teaching certification



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What will we be doing during the seminar? 

This 100 percent online course is asynchronous with a weekly schedule and regular peer-to-peer interaction requirements. The course will be facilitated by instructional designers.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficient Canvas navigation.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of university academic policies and resources to support diverse learning needs.
  3. Select appropriate university-supported technologies to enhance online teaching and student needs.
  4. Analyze and integrate effective online instructional strategies.
  5. Design communication and feedback strategies to engage and motivate students in the online environment.
  6. Develop a learning community that fosters interaction.

What’s the schedule and format?

  • Fully online, in Canvas
  • 6 weeks, offered in multiple start dates
  • Expected time commitment of 3–6 hours / week
Time Commitment graphic showing how much time will be expected each week. For more info: please contact us.

Topics will be:

  • Module 0: Getting Started
  • Module 1: Preparing to Teach Online
  • Module 2: Teaching Strategies for a Quality Online Course
  • Module 3: Shaping Your Online Instructor Presence
  • Module 4: Motivating Online Learning Communities
  • Module 5: Crafting Your Online Teaching Experience

Theoretical and Practical Frameworks

  • Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and Standards
  • Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
  • Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)
  • Community of Inquiry model (Garrison, Anderson, and Archer, 2000)
  • High impact practices (NSSE, Kuh, 2008)
  • Universal Design for Learning (CAST, 2011)
  • Among others specifically referenced in the course.
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