OLC Institute

The OLC Institute was created to provide a place for OLC members and others to secure education and professional development about online teaching and learning. Participants can earn a customizable OLC online teaching certificate as well as take part in online workshops, webinars, and special interest groups examining topics stemming from basic introduction to online education through more advanced topics. OLC offers wide-ranging knowledge for those interested in deepening both pedagogical and practitioner aspects of their teaching practice. 


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Teaching Certificates

The OLC Online Teaching Certificate

The OLC Certificate is offered as a sequence of one foundation course and three electives leading from the conceptual to the implementation of online learning effectiveness best practices. The program's theoretical underpinning stems from OLC's five pillars of quality in online education: student satisfaction, access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, and institutional cost effectiveness. Learn about and register for the Certificate Program.

The OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate

The OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate is for those online faculty who wish to improve their online courses through the inclusion of active learning strategies, multimedia, and social media components, and stronger assessment practices.  Learn more and register for the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate.


Mastery Series Program


The OLC Mastery Series Program emphasizes theory and application of research on key topics and culminates in a Recognition of Mastery in a topic.  Each series consists of three workshops that help you explore relevant research and use that research to help you design an effective teaching and learning environment.  See the following to learn more and register.




OLC workshops are the smart way to support continuous professional development. Every workshop enables colleagues worldwide to collaborate cost effectively with peers and experts via synchronous and asynchronous methods for effective and engaging learning. Additionally, the OLC Institute is committed to modeling best practices for online learning in all its workshops. Toward that end, our workshops will utilize numerous proven teaching strategies and learning activities that will spark creative ideas for your own courses. Some OLC Institute workshops utilize the Blackboard platform.  


The OLC College Pass Program


The OLC College Pass Professional Development Package is a large-scale workshop program that includes 25 seats in OLC’s online workshops at the lowest prices. Many institutions use the workshops as a cost-effective and convenient way to improve quality in online education while networking with new colleagues. Workshops range from a half day to one week with convenient synchronous and asynchronous delivery and optional synchronous events. With more than 120 workshops covering 50 topics, university faculty and staff can learn about the essentials of online teaching, blended teaching & learning, social media, mobile learning, online teaching and learning tools, copyright, the TEACH act, and so much more. More details. 




The OLC webinar series includes interactive, 90-minute sessions conducted via the Internet and hosted by online industry experts covering industry hot topics, best practices, and special interests. Webinars provide convenient, affordable continuing education for busy online educators. Participants can sit in their own office and gain access to valuable professional development and networking without taking time off from work or paying travel expenses!