UToledo Online

Pathway Program & Master Instructors

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Pathway to Master Online Instructor


We offer the pathway program to help instructors learn the fundamentals of course development and delivery. We also cover current trends in the field of online learning

– ADA compliance,
– online course design,
– and Quality Matters.

Five unique courses addressing online teaching provide the basis to help you build and manage an engaging and effective course. 

To register for any of the courses in the Pathway program, please check the availability on our workshop request for information form. 

Online Teaching Certificate

Effectively facilitate teaching and learning in an online environment in this 4-week course. Participants gain insights into 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.


Participants will gain insights about UToledo Online Pedagogy and Best Practices through discussion, sharing, peer mentoring, collaboration, and self-reflection. A capstone project at the end of the 8-week course enables participants to demonstrate what they have learned in an applied setting while building a foundation for additional course development.  

Effectively design

  • learning objectives,
  • instructional materials,
  • active learning activities,
  • and authentic assessment for online delivery.

ADA Compliance and Online Courses

ADA Compliance and Online Courses is a five-week, fully online course that prepares faculty and teaching assistants at The University of Toledo to address accessibility when designing and developing their online courses. 

The course covers topics that range from accessibility law to course design considerations for inclusivity, as well as the formatting of course content and other documents for accessibility. Participants will gain knowledge and skills about accessibility through a wide range of activities, including discussion, sharing, peer mentoring, self-reflection, and hands-on practice.

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

    1. Explain the importance of accessibility in online learning.
    2. Recall legislative standards that impact online course design and delivery.
    3. Apply accessibility principles and guidelines in the design and development of course materials.
    4. Use tools in Blackboard Learn to create accessible web content.
    5. Evaluate the accessibility of course content using online tools.


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 course is designed to prepare experienced online faculty to become QM Certified Peer Reviewers in 3 weeks. The Peer Reviewer Certificate 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. 

UToledo Online awards professional development grants to cover the $ 200, course registration fee so that experienced online instructors can obtain Peer Reviewer Certification. This certificate course provides substantial knowledge and experience so that faculty can review their own courses using QM Rubric Standards and serve on official QM reviews.

UToledo Online’s Master Online Instructors are full and part-time UToledo faculty members who have successfully completed all five courses in the Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program (Pathway).

The primary goal of the Pathway Program is to ensure the quality of our fully online courses and programs so that students will achieve the desired learning outcomes, and have a satisfactory online learning experience.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

    • Design effective online courses by incorporating QM standards and Best Practices of online learning with technology;
    • Deliver well-structured online courses with technology effectively;
    • Apply the QM Rubric and peer review process to review online courses and provide helpful recommendations; and
    • Mentor novice online instructors in online course design and delivery.

Courses in the Pathway Program are offered throughout the year. Contact Justin Ballard for information.



Year Awarded Instructor College/Unit
2015 Barbara Mauter University College
2016 Claire Stuve University College
2016 Ruthie Kucharewski College of Health Science and Human Service
2016 Daniel French College of Arts and Letters
2016 Jessica Sloan Kruger College of Health Science and Human Service
2017 Barbara Saltzman College of Health Science and Human Service
2017 Barbara Kopp Miller University College, College of Health Science and Human Service
2017 Michael Douglas University College, UToledo Online
2018 Jill Humprhies College of Arts and Letters, Africana Studies
2018 Sely-Ann Headley-Wilson School of Population Health
2018 Jennifer Perion School of Population Health
2018 Melissa Gleckler University College, UToledo Online
2018 Shujuan Wang Judith Herb College of Education
2018 Chelsea Chandler University College, UToledo Online
2019 Michelle Arbogast Judith Herb College of Education
2019 Colins Imoh Judith Herb College of Education
2019 Kelly Lewandowski College of Nursing
2019 Krizia Melendez College of Health and Human Services
2019 Colleen Quinlan College of Nursing
2019 Monica Williams College of Health and Human Services
2019 BethAnn Hatkevich College of Health and Human Services

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Last Updated: 7/1/20