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Center for Online Learning, Research and Service University of Illinois Springfield

Online Teaching Certifications and Courses

There are many benefits and choices when it comes to increasing your knowledge and practical skills in the area of online learning. The selections listed below offer quality instruction and courses delivered in a convenient online format.

Online Teaching Certificate from UIS

The COLRS staff, along with Professor Karen Swan, created this course as a resource for UIS faculty.  We hope you find the course useful as you consider teaching in the online enviornment.  You may be teaching on campus using a Blackboard shell for your course, flipping your class, or supplementing your classroom; you may be teaching a blended course or in a blended program; or, you may be teaching 100% online.

This course is self-paced.  Faculty determine when and how often they participate in the modules.  Activities for your practice are included; these are required if you wish to receive the Online Teaching Certificate.  Upon completion of all module assessments, a letter of completion will be issued to you and a copy sent to your dean. Faculty will also be issues a badge to display in your courses and websites.

Contact COLRS to be enrolled in the Blackboard course.


Illinois Online Network – Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR)

  • Master Online Teacher Certificate
    The Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) series of online faculty development courses is designed to help students and faculty members acquire the skills and knowledge needed to teach and learn online, to help staff and administration support online education, to improve the quality of online education across the globe, and to research the online teaching and learning context.
  • Several UIS faculty & staff have received the Master Online Teacher Certificate from the Illinois Online Network.
    Note: These courses may be taken for credit through UIS.


Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C)

  • Mastery Teaching Series
    The Sloan-C certificate in Blended Learning, Mobile Learning, and others provide practical and comprehensive training in all aspects of teaching and course design.
  • Online Teaching Certificate
    The Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate prepares faculty to teach or improve online courses using the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education.  A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals.

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