Learning Ventures sponsors several certificate courses throughout the semester to help instructors learn the fundamentals of course development and delivery, and current trends in the field of online learning. To register for any of the certificate courses please visit the Workshops page.
Online Teaching Certificate
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.
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.