Trudi Weyermann, dean of Distance Education and associate vice chancellor for Teaching and Learning, said the certificate is the next logical step for IU East because the university currently offers nine online degree completion programs with over 400 online courses, about 150 taught every semester.
“IU East can provide guidance in the area of online teaching excellence. The certificate program is instructed by CTL staff and experienced online faculty. The certificate will offer other faculty and graduate students from within Indiana University and beyond, an opportunity to gain from our experience,” Weyermann said.
IU East has experienced continuous enrollment growth, bringing the campus enrollment to 4,186 undergraduate and graduate students. Since 2007, IU East has experienced an 85 percent increase in enrollment. The credit hours taught have also increased to over 39,000 hours, approximately 35 percent of which are instructed online.
The Certificate in Online Teaching will be offered as four, eight-week online series beginning spring 2013. This curriculum uses interactive modules designed to foster student interaction and includes rich media content, active instructors, with direct assessment tasks that foster research and online teaching development (according to long-standing experience in best practices for teaching online). Participants who successfully complete all four courses will be awarded the Certificate in Online Teaching.
The certificate coursework includes:
Series 1: Organization, Course Documents, Campus Policies
Series 2: Course Communication, Campus Services, Compliance and Copyright
Series 3: Student Interaction, Collaboration, and Assessment
Series 4: Multimedia, Visual, and Instructor Presence
It is recommended that participants in the certificate program take each series in sequential order. It is recommended that participants not enroll in any two certificate series simultaneously. Taken without break, a participant in the program could complete the certificate in two semesters. Enrollment will be limited to 30 participants.
To enroll in the program, interested parties should contact the IU East Center for Teaching and Learning at (765) 973-8300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. IU East faculty may enroll in the Certificate in Online Teaching Program at no cost (other IU faculty $250/series; outside IU $500/series).