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Preparation to Teach Online

Faculty members need to be certified to teach hybrid and fully online courses at St. John’s University. Hybrid courses substitute classroom-based teaching with online learning activities.

There are two ways to receive certification: Complete the Online Teaching Essentials Course OR Receive an approved waiver from the Office of Online Learning and Services based on your Application for Certification to Teach Online Based on Prior Experience. 

Online Teaching Essentials

St. John’s University’s Office of Online Learning and Services offers formal training for faculty members planning on teaching hybrid or fully online courses. 

Online Teaching Essentials (OTE) is a four-week, facilitated online course that helps faculty learn foundational skills and fundamental concepts for creating a successful high quality student learning experience. This course focuses on the pedagogy and design of an online/hybrid course and is not meant to be training in the Canvas or Blackboard Learning Management Systems or other technology used by the University.

OTE models how to form a learning community to increase student motivation and engagement, powerful practices for feedback and presence, and skills for facilitating and managing your online/hybrid course. OTE is designed to create a space for faculty to re-imagine how they would teach in an online/hybrid format including the redesign of goals and objectives, effective teaching strategies and authentic assessment.

Participants are also provided the opportunity to take into consideration how a student experiences an online class, which can be valuable for instructors as they design their courses. 

Participation Requirements 

All participants are asked to familiarize themselves with the basics of the University Learning Management System before beginning the workshop. Please note that participants enrolling in this course are expected to have basic computer proficiency skills such as logging into the LMS, cutting and pasting text, and attaching and uploading documents. 

Participants will need to dedicate approximately eight to 10 hours per week of online participation and must be available to participate in discussion during each of the four weeks to complete the course. 

Participation is asynchronous, which means that there will be no face-to-face sessions or required dates/times when you must log in. However, all course assessments must be submitted by the stated deadlines in order to successfully complete the course and obtain certification. 

Additional Information

We strongly encourage you to complete the Online Teaching Essentials course at least one semester in advance of your first hybrid or online course offering. This will provide you with the time needed to redesign your course for success. 

OTE is facilitated by current St. John’s University faculty with considerable online teaching experience. Enrollment will be capped at 25 participants per section to foster a learning community, create a high level of interaction and allow for individualized feedback from the course facilitator. 

Successful completion of OTE is the primary method for certification to teach any of the University’s fully online or hybrid courses. Please consult your chairperson about which hybrid or online course you will be assigned to teach in future semesters. Please note that hybrid/online teaching assignments are at the sole discretion of the academic department.

Register for Upcoming Sections of Online Teaching Essentials

Due to the high demand for Online Teaching Essentials this summer we are enrolling faculty in the OTE course by recommendation of the department chairpersons. If you are interested in taking this course please email the chairperson of your department. There is no public link to register for this course at this time. 

Registration does not guarantee enrollment in the course. In the case of an overwhelming number of faculty registrations, we will give priority to those with an upcoming scheduled online teaching assignment. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Application for Certification Based on Prior Experience

Faculty members with previous online teaching experience at another accredited college or university may qualify for a waiver of the Online Teaching Essentials certification course. Please review the list of pre-qualifications listed on this form before completing and submitting the application. Applications should only be completed by faculty members who are currently teaching at St. John’s University.

Please note, teaching online during the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID will not be considered as prior online teaching experience. 

When completed, kindly email the application and any accompanying attachments to:

Dr. Cynthia R. Phillips, CPA
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor, Department of Accountancy
[email protected]

You will receive a response to your waiver application in approximately two weeks. Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received. 

 

Advanced Online Teaching Strategies

Advanced Online Teaching Strategies (AOTS) is an OPTIONAL three-week online course covering topics and materials that build upon the teaching techniques covered in the Online Teaching Essentials course. AOTS addresses critical areas of online teaching including engagement and interaction, active learning, and authentic assessment.

Participants will learn the pedagogical foundation for choosing to use various types of technology tools available through Blackboard that promote student engagement such as discussion boards, blogs, wikis, and journals. During the course participating faculty apply pedagogical principles to their technology-inclusion decisions so as to best support student learning and engagement. Participants leave the course with the skills to apply these concepts beyond the Blackboard platform.

AOTS is facilitated by an active member of the St. John’s faculty with considerable experience in online teaching. The course is taught in a cohort learning model, meaning you will participate with other faculty in the same activities. Enrollment is capped at 20 students per session.

Successful completion of Advanced Online Teaching Strategies requires approximately six to eight hours per week of online participation for the full three-week duration of the course. Participation in this course is asynchronous, which means that there will be no face-to-face sessions or required dates/times when you must log in. You may participate on your own schedule, however, all course assignments must be submitted by the stated deadlines in the syllabus in order to successfully complete the course and obtain certification. At the successful conclusion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Certification to teach online at St. John’s is a prerequisite for enrolling in the AOTS course.

2020 Advanced Online Teaching Strategies Dates 

Advanced Online Teaching Strategies typically runs one-two times a year. 

Dates Coming Soon

Announcing Official OLS Digital Badges

The Office of Online Learning has begun issuing digital badges! The spring 2019 Online Teaching Essentials and Advanced Online Teaching Strategies cohorts are the first faculty members to receive digital badges from the Office of Online Learning.

What is a digital badge? Digital badges are a way to recognize, support and track professional development. One benefit of digital badges is that they are easy to track and share on your own website and social media websites like LinkedIn. The data connected to digital badges tell a story of the badge, who issued it, and the competencies associated with it.

Digital Badges Online Teaching Essentials and Advanced Online Teaching Strategies

Additional Information

If you have any questions about Online Teaching Essentials, please contact:

Ian August
Instructional Designer
Online Learning and Services
St. Augustine Hall, 408H
[email protected]
718-990-1451

If you have questions about Advanced Online Teaching Strategies please contact:

Tara King
Instructional Designer
Online Learning and Services
St. Augustine Hall, 408J
718-9901573
[email protected]