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 Certification Program for Online Instructors (CPOI) 



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Program Description:

The Certification Program for Online Instructors(CPOI) provides you with the skills and strategies you need to be a successful online instructor. The CPOI is fully online and is comprised of three (3) weeks of self-paced activities. Each week's activities require approximately 5-8 hours to complete. The CPOI is offered once per semester. It is also offered over the summer term. The main topics include:

- What is Distance Education?
- Instructional design for online instructors
- Content development using Desire2Learn (D2L)

Through the CPOI, you will have the opportunity to experience online learning as a student, you will learn the importance of creating strong learning communities within your online courses, you will learn and apply strategies for designing quality online courses, and you will learn and demonstrate competency with basic Desire2Learn tools.


The CPOI is not D2L training! Before the CPOI begins, it is required that all participants attend the face-to-face Introduction to D2L Workshop offered by Educational Technology and Design.


The CPOI is right for you if:

  • you have never taught online before and plan to do so in the near future.
  • you are planning to offer a new course online.
  • you are seeking professional development opportunites.
  • you are interested in online teaching and learning and want to know more.

CPOI Objectives and Weekly Topics:

Program Objectives:

In the Certification Program for Online Instructors, you will:

  • Interact with the components that make up a well-designed and well-developed online course
  • Experience many of the challenges that distance learners face
  • Discover and implement strategies used by successful online instructors
  • Identify the characteristics and needs of a successful online learner
  • Understand the importance of and strategies for building an online learning community
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles for designing effective online courses

Weekly Topics:

Course Orientation

  • Have a solid understanding of the structure of the program
  • Know what activities are required for certification
  • Know how to use D2L tools to submit assignments and interact with your classmates
  • Know how to use basic D2L tools to design your own course

Week 1: What is Distance Education?

  • Develop a working definition of "distance education"
  • Have a solid understanding of DE in the U.S. and how it has evolved in the past century
  • Identify the characteristics of the online learner
  • Identify competencies that successful online educators share

Week 2: Instructional Design for Online Instructors

  • Define "Instructional Design"
  • Become familiar with the development and application of a storyboard
  • Developing a storyboard for your own online course
  • Become familiar with the Quality Matters Rubric

 Week 3: Content Development

  • Develop the first two weeks of your own online course
  • Evaluate your own design using the QM Rubric
  • Create a welcome video for your course
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