The Sloan-C Advanced Online Teaching Certificate

Enhance and strengthen your current skills to become more effective in the principles and practices of online teaching.

The OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program is designed to help educators fine-tune existing distance learning courses and degree programs using the OL-C Pillars of Quality in Online Education: learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access.

The program will help you to:

  • Include more robust assessment strategies and active learning techniques in your online courses.
  • Add multimedia & social media components for student engagement and community building.
  • Explore active learning strategies - collaborative learning, problem-based learning and inductive learning.
  • Learn assessment techniques for measuring individual and group learning outcomes.
  • Stay ahead of the rapidly changing technology challenges and increase your effectiveness in online teaching.


The Advanced Online Teaching Certificate includes a 3-week foundation course, three 1-hour live synchronous sessions and a final live synchronous session to present your revised course. 


  • $1499 for members and non-members
  • No college pass coupons may be used

Foundation Course:

Here you will conduct course reviews and develop a revision plan strategy to include more robust assessment strategies, more active learning techniques and either multimedia or social media components in your course.  You will begin building peer-support networks to assist you with your course revision plans.

3 Live Synchronous Sessions:

  • Synchronous Session #1:  Active Learning Strategies

This session is an introduction to the pros and cons of active learning as well as a broad range of active learning strategies including (but not limited to) collaborative learning, problem-based learning, inductive learning, and more.  You will gain a working knowledge of each of these techniques (including strengths and challenges), discuss when they make sense to consider adopting (based on course instructional objectives and individual teaching style) and develop an assignment that includes the use of at least one of the techniques within your course.

  • Synchronous Session #2:  Incorporation of Multimedia or Social Media with Consideration for Accessibility Standards

Get introduced to popular forms of multimedia and social media tools used in higher education to promote student engagement, build connections and communities to share work and increase student participation.  You will gain an understanding for common accessibility standards as related to the use of such media.  As a result of this session, you will develop at least one assignment that includes the use of multimedia or social media within your course.

  • Synchronous Session #3:  Assessment Strategies

Focus now on broadening your knowledge of various assessment techniques (formative and summative) for measuring individual and group student performance in distance learning.  In this session, you will engage in a discussion regarding accreditation standards and expectations as related to course and programmatic learning outcomes.  After this session, you will enhance your current course learning outcomes, create new and improved existing grading rubrics, and incorporate other assessment strategies - self and peer evaluations, concept mapping, portfolios, journals and learning logs, response groups and more - in your online course.

Final live synchronous presentation session:

During the final week of the program, everyone will present their revised courses. These sessions will be attended by other participants in the program who will provide you with feedback. Your final presentations will also be evaluated by the program facilitator.  Each participant will be required to present their revised course and also to attend the presentations of at least two other participants in order to provide feedback.


  • Experience: You must either have taught at least 3+ years online or have successfully completed the OLC Online Teaching Certificate program and taught at least 1 year online. 
  • Online Course: You must have an online course that you can revise.

If you do not meet prerequisites for the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate please take our Online Teaching Certificate program.

Technical Requirements

  • Asynchronous component: Our learning management system is MOODLE.  To access, you will need an Internet connection and an Internet Browser (minimum browser versions: Chrome 11, Firefox 4, Safari 5, or Internet Explorer 8)
  • Synchronous components - Our web conferencing system is Blackboard Collaborate (v. 12.5).  You will need an Internet connection and an Internet browser with Java enabled.  Test your computer to see if it meets the minimum requirements.

Optional: Meet Onsite at a OL Conference

Live sessions have been arranged for each Advanced Online Teaching Certificate cohort to meet in person and begin their work in the program. You may choose any one of our three annual OLC conferences for your onsite session. While this is not a requirement of the program, it will factor in to your requirement fulfillment for the program and we do encourage everyone who is considering taking this program to consider this option. If you are unable to attend one of the live onsite sessions you will still be able to fulfill all of your requirements for the program in the online course.

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