STELAR Online Teaching Certificate Program

The STELAR Online Teaching Certificate Program is a series of three, 5-week online 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.

All courses are 100% asynchronous; however, synchronous office hours will be offered.

Questions? Please email stelar@stthomas.edu with questions about the program or courses.

Setting the Foundation: Best Practices in Online Teaching

Learners will explore best practices in online teaching through the lens of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model (Garrison, Anderson, and Archer, 2000), specifically investigating the ways in which social, cognitive, and teaching presence intersect to create exceptional educational experiences in the online environment.

2019 Sessions:

    • July 15 – Aug. 18, 2019

2020 Sessions:

    • Feb. 10 - Mar. 15, 2020
    • July 13 - Aug. 16, 2020

Designing Your Online Course: Creating Exceptional Educational Experiences

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.

2019 Sessions:

    • Sept. 9 – Oct. 13, 2019

2020 Sessions:

    • Mar. 30 - May 3, 2020
    • Sept. 8 - Oct. 11, 2020

Facilitating Your Online Course: Sustaining Student Engagement and Inquiry

Learners will discover and practice new ways of engaging students through technology. We will discuss ways to develop one’s online teaching personality, orienting students to the course, the use of synchronous and asynchronous communication, and managing the workload of teaching online. 

2019 Sessions:

    • Oct. 21 - Nov. 24, 2019

2020 Sessions:

    • May 26 - June 28, 2020
    • Oct. 19 - Nov. 22, 2020

Questions? Please email stelar@stthomas.edu with questions about the program or courses.