FC Online Teaching Certification Process
Fullerton College has five different options for faculty to receive online teaching certification. All options have been approved by the Distance Education Advisory Committee.
Option 1: Online Teaching Certificate Training Equivalency
If you wish to submit materials that demonstrate completing an Online Teaching Certificate from another college or educational organization, download and fill out this OTEC form. Directions for submission are on the form.
Option 2: FC Online Teaching Certificate
The Fullerton College Online Teaching Certificate builds faculty capacity to use Canvas—the Fullerton College Learning Management System (LMS)–according to the key guiding principles of online pedagogy and also includes training in regular and effective contact and accessibility. This training is offered each summer. Look for information from Staff Development in March of each year.
Option 3: Online Learning Consortium Course Path*
Enroll in the two approved courses: Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction & Engagement and Designing with Accessibility in Mind. Find available trainings on the OLC Institute Schedule page. Refer to the FC Online Learning Consortium Institutional Membership page for additional information. Faculty can be reimbursed for these courses. Contact Staff Development for more information.
Option 4: @ONE Course Path
Enroll in the two approved courses: 10-10-10 Communication that Matters & Creating Accessible Course Content. Faculty can be reimbursed for the completion of these courses by submitting a Professional Activity Request form to Staff Development. Certificates of completion must be submitted to the DE Office.
Option 5: ACTE CTE Course Path
CTE Faculty Only! Offerings certified by the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) were researched to select courses that cover all requirements for the Fullerton College Online Teaching Certificate Equivalency. Required courses: EL 103 – Teaching Online: A Student-Centered Approach; EL 111 – Assistive Technologies for the Online Learner; EL 113 – Active Learning in an Online Environment; EL 201R – Online Communication: Engaging & Retaining Online Learners. Faculty can be reimbursed for the completion of these courses by submitting a Professional Activity Request form to Staff Development. Certificates of completion must be submitted to the DE Office.
After obtaining initial online teaching certification through one of the options listed above, faculty must do the following every three years to remain certified:
- Three hours of professional development focused on online teaching for every three years.
- Professional development options can include:
- Fullerton College-sponsored professional development
- @One course(s)
- Third-party professional development that may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the DE Director and DEDR
Faculty will be notified when it is time to recertify and will be added to the OTC Recertification Canvas shell in order to complete recertification.
Online Course Survey
In November of 2018, the Fullerton College Faculty Senate approved the online course survey to create a structured process to monitor course quality and to confirm the level of faculty-to-student and student-to-student interaction in online courses met the state and federal requirements.
This Online Course Survey is designed to be a tool that helps instructors achieve the best online pedagogy in his/her/their online course. There are two brief surveys, each with a set of questions/elements that you will rate to survey your online course:
- Interaction: five questions and four screenshots
- Accessibility: five questions and four screenshots
- Instructors will complete the course survey in Spring during weeks 5-10 (or as arranged for instructors who only teach online in summer and fall).
- Distance Education Division Representative (DEDR) will review surveys during weeks 12-14.
- For instructors whose courses are in alignment, the DEDR will recommend to the Distance Education Director (DED) that the instructor’s certification for online teaching be renewed for a three-year period.
- If a course is not in alignment, the DEDR and the instructor will work together to make needed changes. If alignment is achieved, the rep will recommend to the DED that the instructor’s certification for online teaching be renewed for a three-year period.
- If the DEDR and instructor are unable to bring a course into alignment, the instructor will have one year to make changes and do the survey again the following Spring.
- The DEDR will review the course again in the Spring and make recommendations to the DED.
- If the course is still not in alignment, the DEDR will recommend to the DED that the instructor’s certification for online teaching be suspended.