CERTIFICATE PROGRAM POLICIES | ADVANCED CERTIFICATE PROGRAM POLICIES

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PREREQUISITES

To register and successfully complete the OLC Teaching Certificate program participants need the following:

  • At least one year online teaching experience or some online teaching experience + completion of New to Online: The Essentials  Part 1, Getting Started workshop
  • An online or blended course that the participant can revise or create that is at least two weeks in duration .

REGISTRATION

    • Registration closes 24 hours prior to the start date/time of the Foundation course (e.g. if start date is Wednesday at 12:00pm ET, registration closes at 12:00pm ET on Tuesday).
  • Upon registering and paying for the certificate program, you will receive an email confirming your registration.
  • Late registrations will not be  not accepted.
  • OLC offers multiple start dates for the Certificate Program throughout the year. Please review the additional dates to locate an alternate cohort.
  • With the exception of holidays, regular customer service hours are available  Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm ET.

ENROLLMENT

  • The Friday before the course start date, participants will receive an email with directions and an enrollment key to access all course materials and activities in our LMS,  at http://institute.onlinelearningconsortium.org.
  • The  enrollment key is for the participant’s personal use and should not be shared with anyone. Once the Foundation course opens, the enrollment key can be used at any time to access the course. Participants will have access to the Foundation course for 365 days starting on the day they enroll.

TRANSFER REQUESTS

  • Transfer requests made prior to enrolling in the Foundation course will be granted without an additional fee.
  • Certificate participants may make a one-time request to transfer to a later cohort before the end of week 4 of the Foundation course. After the end of week 4, transfer requests will be charged an administrative fee of $350.

Note: That transferring to a later Foundation course cohort entails re-submitting all work and participating in all weeks of the course. Requesting an additional transfer will result in an administrative fee of $350.

FORMAT

OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program is a three-phase program that must be completed within one year from the start of the Foundation course.

1- 10- week Foundation course

2- Choosing/Completing electives and working with a mentor to revise or create an online course

3- Capstone – Final presentation

  • At the end of the Foundation course, mentors will be assigned only to those participants who are completing the entire Certificate program.
  • Participants completing only the Foundation course may change their minds to complete the entire Online Teaching Certificate Program up to one month after the Foundation course ends. A mentor will be assigned at that time. Requests received after the one-month mark will not be granted.
  • Participants must successfully complete their elective workshops or mastery series, and receive an Award of Completion, in order for the workshop or mastery series to be counted towards the completion of the Certificate program. Participants who do not successfully complete their elective options, will have to retake the workshop at an additional cost and still complete the program within the one year.
  • Only the workshops or the mastery series taken after the start date of the Foundation course will count towards electives.
  • Participants who are not able to complete all three phases by the one-year deadline may request one extension for an administrative fee of $350, as long as their mentors agree to work with them for the duration of the extension.
  • All participants of the OLC Teaching Certificate Program are expected to adhere to the OLC Netiquette Guidelines.

ACCESSIBILITY

OLC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all participants in accordance with federal guidelines. If you have a disability, use assistive technology, or need accommodation to fully access a series or workshop, please notify us during your registration by checking the accommodation box, providing information about the kind of accommodation you would need, and email us at certificate@onlinelearning-c.org at least one week in advance of the program start date. You will be contacted by our OLC Institute staff to discuss your needs.

GRADING POLICIES

  • Participants who want/need an Award of Completion for the Foundation workshop must complete all required and graded activities and have course total of 100%.
  • All participants will have the opportunity to submit work for a grade (by the listed assignment deadline) and, if necessary, a one-time opportunity to revise and resubmit their work to achieve a passing grade.
  • No late assignments will be accepted.
  • Anyone needing or wanting to submit work past the assignment deadline must get approval, in writing, from the faculty member. Only faculty  can determine if a participant may submit work after the deadline.

CANCELLATIONS

OLC strives to deliver all offerings as scheduled. However, we reserve the right to reschedule or cancel a program due to unforeseen extenuating circumstances or low registration. If this happens, OLC will give as much advanced notice as possible. In the event a Foundation cohort  is cancelled or rescheduled, participants will be given the opportunity to select another offering in the same calendar year that fits their schedule and their registration payment will be applied to that event.

No refunds will be given.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & COPYRIGHT

Unless stated otherwise, OLC and/or workshop facilitators retain copyright on all workshop and series materials. Please do not copy materials or distribute them to anyone without prior written approval from the copyright owner.

Special Note: The workshop and series content remains property of OLC. Any product/content that faculty or participants create as a result of participating in an OLC program becomes the property of that individual.

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ADVANCED CERTIFICATE PROGRAM:

PREREQUISITES

  • 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.

REGISTRATION

    • Registration closes 24 hours prior to the start date/time of the Foundation workshop.  (e.g. if start date is Wednesday at 12:00pm ET, registration closes at 12:00pm ET on Tuesday)
  • Upon registering and paying for the advanced certificate program, you will receive a an email confirming your registration.
  • Late registrations are not accepted.
  • OLC offers multiple start dates for the Advanced Teaching Certificate Program throughout the year. Please review the additional dates to locate an alternate cohort.
  • Regular Customer Service hours are available with the exception of holidays Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm ET.

ENROLLMENT

  • 4 days before the event begins, participants will receive an email with directions and an enrollment key to activate access to all materials and activities at http://institute.onlinelearningconsortium.org.
  • This enrollment key is for the individual participant’s use and should not be shared with anyone else.
  • Once the Advanced Teaching Certificate begins, the enrollment key can be used at any time to access the workshop. Participants will have access to the course for 365 days starting on the day they enroll.

FORMAT

The Advanced Online Teaching Certificate includes a 3-week foundation course, three 1-hour live synchronous sessions and a final presentations week where you will have the opportunity to present your revised course.

  • Certificate participants may make a one-time request to transfer to a later cohort before the end of week 3 of the Foundation course. After the end of week 3, transfer requests will be charged an administrative fee of $350. Note: That transferring to a later cohort entails resubmitting all work and participating in all weeks of the workshop.
  • All participants of the OLC Advanced Teaching Certificate Program are expected to adhere to the OLC Netiquette Guidelines.

ACCESSIBILITY

OLC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all participants in accordance with federal guidelines. If you have a disability, use assistive technology, or need accommodation to fully access a workshop, please notify us during your registration by checking the accommodation box, providing information about the kind of accommodation you would need, and email us at certificate@onlinelearning-c.org at least one week in advance of the program start date. You will be contacted by someone from our OLC Institute staff to discuss your needs.

GRADING POLICIES

  • All participant who want/need to receive an Award of Completion for the Advanced Teaching Certificate program must complete all required and graded activities and have >90% for course total.
  • Assignments will be graded within 3 business days of the due date and email notifications, via the News Forum, will be sent to all participants to inform them of their grades.
  • Participants can revise assignments that do not achieve a passing grade, but they must submit their revisions within 2 days of their original grade being posted. Participants must get approval from the facilitator to revise an assignment.
  • No late assignments are accepted.  Anyone needing or wanting to submit work past the assignment deadline must get approval, in writing, from the facilitator. Only the facilitator can determine  if a participant  can submit work late.
  • All requirements for the Advanced Teaching Certificate program must be completed during the course dates. No requests for extensions will be accepted after the final presentation dates. If you do not complete the course during the scheduled time, and you wish to continue the program, you will have to move to the next cohort and pay for the course again.

CANCELLATIONS

OLC strives to deliver all offerings as scheduled. However, if fewer than 10 people register, or if a facilitator falls ill, we reserve the right to re-schedule or cancel a program due to unforeseen extenuating circumstances or low registration. If this happens, OLC will give as much advanced notice as possible. In the event a cohort is cancelled or rescheduled, participants will be given the opportunity to select another offering in the same calendar year that fits their schedule and their registration payment will be applied to that event. No refunds will be given.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & COPYRIGHT

Unless stated otherwise, OLC and/or workshop facilitators retain copyright on all workshop and series materials.  Please do not copy materials or distribute them to anyone without prior written approval from the copyright owner.

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TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR PROGRAMS

Workshops & Webinars
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Workshops
OLC uses an open-source LMS called Moodle for the asynchronous component of workshops. Moodle provides a flexible and user-friendly set of asynchronous collaboration and learning tools. As with most open-source technologies, the Moodle software is free, making it a very cost-effective software package for any institution or company, without sacrificing quality. Moodle is a robust environment that is dynamic, interactive, and provides cross-platform learner access through a standard web browser. System Requirements: Moodle will work in any modern web browser, however, moodle works best in a range of specific browser types (see below).

Recommended Browsers

Recent versions of:

Internet Explorer (v7 or later)
Mozilla Firefox (all versions)

Other Browsers (these will work, but they may not support the WYSIWYG HTML editor)

Any versions of:

Opera (v9 or later)
Safari (v3 or later)
Chrome (v30 or later)

Testimonial

"The program was excellent and truly prepared me, along with workshops at my University, for the online course that I am currently teaching. The most important key learnings were (1) managing a learning community and maintaining facilitator presence; (2) writing meaningful and accurate learning objectives, syllabi, and assignments; and (3) making online discussion assignments meaningful."

Dr. Janine Aronson, Professor of Management Information Systems, The University of Georgia (Certificate Program)