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Faculty Certificate Courses and Exemplar Course Design Rubric

Learning & Applied Innovation Center (LAIC) offers opportunities for faculty to learn more about teaching and learning in a variety of self-paced, non-credit, certificate courses.

LAIC, Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL), and Blackboard Instructional Design Services teamed up to develop four Faculty Certificate courses including an Exemplar Course Design Rubric. These courses have been reviewed externally, as well as internally, and are ready for enrollment.

These teaching and learning courses have been designed for asynchronous, self-paced learning. Also, if you are interested in taking the courses as a cohort with your colleagues, let us know. This option can provide a valuable learning experience by connecting and interacting with others. Courses will be facilitated by LAIC instructional design staff and faculty volunteers (as available) providing help with questions and feedback, as needed.

Courses available include:

  • Foundational course
    • Evaluating Quality Course Design, including 
    • NDSU Exemplar Course Design Rubric (Rubric available for download below)
  • Short courses
    • HyFlex Design and Facilitation
    • Online Design and Facilitation
    • Universal Design for Learning and Digital Accessibility

Courses can be taken in any order depending on your interests. Detailed information about each course is listed below.

Evaluating Quality Course Design 

(4-6 weeks – cohort or self-paced available) Enroll Here!

This project-based course is designed to engage you with the fundamentals of quality course design. As an institution, we need to ensure quality and consistency in course design and the learning experiences we craft for our students. This course aims to:

  • Provide you with professional learning on the fundamentals of quality course design
  • Familiarize you with our exemplar course rubric as a way of both designing for and evaluating quality course design
  • Provide you with a scholarly rationale for the design principles that underpin the quality indicators articulated in our rubric
  • Encourage you to reflect on the quality of your own course design through self and peer review
  • Promote collegial conversations on the practical elements of quality course design.

 Exemplar Course Design Rubric – Download PDF

To assure the quality of our courses and course designs, we use an Exemplar Course Design Rubric. This rubric is grounded in research and scholarship and articulates the indicators and standards of quality in order to guide the development of new courses or review existing courses to recommend where improvements are most impactful.

HyFlex Design and Facilitation 

(6-8 hours –cohort or self-paced available) Enroll Here!

This faculty certification course is for faculty who want to understand how teaching in a HyFlex mode works. That is, how to get started, how to create a course that works well in HyFlex mode, and how to manage and facilitate learning and teaching using this modality. This practical course aims to:

  • Provide you with professional learning on the fundamentals of HyFlex design and facilitation
  • Explain how and why HyFlex teaching and learning requires a different approach to face-to-face and online learning and teaching
  • Introduce strategies and approaches that are known to be effective and will save you time
  • Engage you with a range of expert perspectives and resources to assist you in your journey toward HyFlex design and facilitation

Online Design and Facilitation 

(6-8 hours - cohort or self-paced available) Enroll Here!

This faculty certification course is for faculty who want to understand how teaching online works. That is, how to get started, how to create a course that works well online and how to manage and facilitate learning and teaching online. This practical course aims to:

  • Provide you with professional learning on the fundamentals of online design and facilitation
  • Explain how and why online teaching and learning requires a different approach to face-to-face learning and teaching
  • Introduce strategies and approaches that are known to be effective and will save you time
  • Engage you with a range of expert perspectives and resources to assist you in your journey toward online design and facilitation

Universal Design for Learning and Digital Accessibility 

(6-8 hours - cohort or self-paced available) Enroll Here!

This faculty certification course is for faculty who want to learn more about integrating the principles of Universal Design Learning (UDL) into courses to ensure they teach ALL students. This practical course aims to:  

  • Provide you with professional learning on the principles of Universal Design Learning
  • Explain how and why UDL requires a different approach to reach all learners
  • Discover a little about digital accessibility and where it intersects with UDL
  • Introduce Blackboard Ally to assist you with strategies to make your digital content more accessible


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Keywords:teaching and learning, HyFlex, professional development, certificate, online, UDL, universal design for learning, accessibility, course design   Doc ID:110298
Owner:Lori S.Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2021-04-15 14:50 CDTUpdated:2021-10-08 08:51 CDT
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