UToledo Online

Pathway Program

UT Online 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 five 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 check the availability on our UT Online Faculty Development Opportunities 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 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.

Pathway Program Tentative Course Schedule

Course Fall Spring Summer
Online Teaching Certificate  
Online Course Design Certificate    
ADA Compliance and Online Courses  
Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Peer Reviewer 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.  

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 Peer Reviewer Certificate (PRC) course is a three-week, fully online course facilitated by Quality Matters. The course is designed to prepare experienced online faculty to become QM Certified Peer Reviewers. 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. 

UT 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.

Last Updated: 4/15/19