To meet faculty needs in online course design, development, and delivery, Learning Ventures developed a Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program (Pathway). The entire program was launched on June 1, 2015 with 10 faculty members taking the Online Course Design Certificate. The primary goal of the Pathway program is to ensure the quality of our fully online programs so that students will achieve desired learning objectives and have a satisfactory online learning experience. Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:
- Design effective online courses by incorporating Quality Matters standards and best practices of online learning with technology;
- Deliver well-structured online courses with technology effectively;
- Apply the QM rubrics and the QM review process to review online courses and provide helpful recommendations; and
- Mentor novice online instructors in online course design and delivery.
The Pathway program contains four unique components to prepare faculty in course design, delivery, and revision for continuous course improvement. The first course, Online Teaching Certificate, was first offered in the Fall 2013 Semester. Ninety-two (92) faculty members have successfully completed that course. The second course, ADA Compliance and Online Courses, was launched in May, 2015 with 17 faculty and academic support staff enrolled. The course was offered as a competency-based learning course. Participants followed a suggested schedule to complete course work and assessment at their own pace. The third course, Online Course Design Certificate, was launched on June 1 with 10 faculty members for the pilot run. The fourth course, Applying Quality Matters Rubric, was first offered on campus in Spring 2012. Eighty-seven (87) faculty have completed this course and 20 of them have successfully completed the Peer Reviewer Course offered by Quality Matters. Eighteen of them have become certified QM peer reviewers who are eligible to serve on QM review teams and provide helpful recommendations to course developers. Those who successfully complete the entire program will receive a Learning Ventures certificate recognizing successful completion.