STELAR Online Teaching Certificate Program

The STELAR Online Teaching Certificate Program is a series of three, fully-online 5-week courses that focus on the theory and practice of designing, developing, and facilitating exceptional online courses. Participants may choose to take any of the courses individually. By completing the series, participants will earn a certificate from the STELAR Center at the University of St. Thomas.

Asynchronous meetings may be scheduled at the the discretion of the instructor and group.

Setting the Foundation: Best Practices in Online Teaching

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In the flagship course of the series, learners will explore best practices in online teaching through the lens of the Community of Inquiry model (Garrison, Anderson, and Archer, 2000). Each week, we will investigate the ways in which social, cognitive, and teaching presence can shape student engagement, and discuss how these elements intersect to create exceptional educational experiences in the online environment.

Designing Your Online Course: Creating Exceptional Educational Experiences

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In the second course of the series, learners will analyze the following course components with an eye toward alignment: learning outcomes, instructional materials, activities, and assessments. Specifically, they will practice writing measurable learning outcomes, find and/or create digital instructional materials, use technology to create engaging learning activities, and design assessments that measure higher-order cognitive skills.

Facilitating Your Online Course: Sustaining Student Engagement and Inquiry

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In the final course of the series, learners will discover and practice new ways of engaging students through technology. We will discuss the instructor’s role in an online course, the use of synchronous and asynchronous communication, options for providing relevant and timely feedback, and soliciting and using student input. Additionally, learners will practice facilitating an online discussion, participate in a virtual meeting, and research apps and programs that may be useful for their courses.