Learning Ventures


Learning Ventures offers the Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program (Pathway) throughout the semester to help instructors learn the fundamentals of course development and delivery, and current trends in the field of online learning. The Pathway program includes four unique courses addressing online teaching, ADA compliance, online course design, and Quality Matters. To register for any of the courses in the Pathway program, please visit the Workshops & Events page.

Online Teaching Certificate

Because of Learning Ventures, my students are learning more and have a stronger sense of engagement with my courses. Not only has LV enhanced my online teaching, but it has positively impacted my face-to-face teaching as well. The Quality Matters seminar delivered by LV staff was expertly done, and the seminar has improved my teaching and the structure of my courses. Lee M. Heritage, PhD. Associate Professor, College of Communication and the Arts

This 4-week online course prepares faculty and teaching assistants at The University of Toledo to effectively facilitate teaching and learning in an online environment. Participants will gain insights about online teaching and learning through discussion, sharing, peer mentoring, collaboration, and self-reflection. The course also enables participants to practice using various online communication and assessment tools as they complete learning activities from the student perspective.

The course is organized into 4 modules outlined as Introduction, Course Preparation, Course Facilitation, and Assessment & Management. Each module begins with an introduction, followed by measurable learning objectives, learning activities, and a checklist of how learning will be assessed. At the end of each module, extra resources are provided to further expand and extend your learning. In each module, participants will explore general concepts related to online teaching, and will have opportunities to practice and reflect on key concepts through a range of individual and group activities.

ADA Compliance and Online Courses

ADA Compliance and Online Courses is a six-week, self-paced course that prepares faculty for addressing accessibility when designing and developing their online courses. The course covers topics that range from discussing accessibility law to identifying course design considerations for inclusivity and learning how to format course content and other documents for accessibility. Participants can choose to follow a suggested schedule to complete all modules within six weeks, or they can finish all course requirements within the academic year.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of accessibility in online learning based on diversity of learners and legislative standards;
  • Apply accessibility principles and guidelines in the design and development of course materials; and
  • Identify tools in Blackboard Learn, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint applications, and Adobe Acrobat XI to use to create accessible course materials.

Online Course Design Certificate

This 8-week online course prepares faculty and teaching assistants at The University of Toledo to effectively design learning objectives, instructional materials, active learning activities, and authentic assessment for online delivery. Participants will gain insights about online pedagogy and Best Practices through discussion, sharing, peer mentoring, collaboration, and self-reflection. A capstone project at the end of the course enables participants to demonstrate what they have learned in an applied setting, while building a foundation for additional course development.  

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

Quality Matters (QM) is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. In this workshop, you will become familiar with the Quality Matters standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools. After successfully completing this workshop, you will gain practical ideas to improve your own courses using the QM Standards, and be eligible to move into the Online Peer Reviewer Certification. The workshop is offered in both an online and face-to-face classroom.

Peer Reviewer Certificate

The Peer Reviewer Course is designed to prepare experienced online faculty to become Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewers. The Peer Reviewer Course includes a review of Quality Matters, practice critiquing and writing helpful recommendations, and a Practice Review in which the participants are asked to review specific standards in an online course using a simulated online rubric tool.

Upon successful completion of this course, eligible participants must complete and submit an Application as well as a Memo of Understanding in order to become a QM Certified Peer Reviewer. QM Certified Peer Reviewers are eligible to serve on both QM-managed and Subscriber-managed course reviews.

Each academic year, Learning Ventures awards a $200 professional development grant for 10 experienced online instructors to complete this certificate course so that they can serve on Quality Matters review teams. This certificate course provides substantial knowledge and experience for participants to learn Quality Matters standards and review process to equip faculty to review their own courses and certify them to become peer reviewers for QM official review.

Last Updated: 5/26/15