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Details for: OLC Online Teaching Certificate June cohort

Jun 14, All Day

Online Teaching Certificate from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

Continuing our focus on quality instruction at KPC, we are excited to offer a valuable professional development opportunity to our faculty through our partnership with the nationally acclaimed Online Learning Consortium (formerly The Sloan Consortium). Many faculty and staff in our UAA/UA system have grown skills and made connections through this unique program.

The OLC Online Teaching Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the OLC pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals

The Online Learning Consortium is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world. Formerly the Sloan Consortium, since 1992, they've become the go-to source for everything related to online learning.

Who should participate?

  • Faculty interested in developing quality online and/or blended courses.
  • Instructional designers and Instructional support staff

The Certificate consists of three phases:

  • A 10-week foundation course
  • Three electives or learning specializations that focus on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus
  • A final capstone presentation


  • Leverage your background and proficiencies as an educator, administrator, or institutional leader to become highly effective in the principles and practices of asynchronous instruction
  • Integrate OLC‘s research-based, conceptual and theoretical foundations relating to learning theory and assessment to compliment and personalize your online classroom
  • Capitalize on your potential as an innovator in the field of online education by being challenged to create high quality work products that will be assessed by the program facilitators and your peers.
  • Work with and learn from recognized experts in the field
  • Receive actionable feedback for immediate application
  • Collaborate with peers from a variety of institutions and disciplines
  • Design and develop a complete online or blended course based on current research and best practices

Program Details

The Certificate program consists of three phases: The initial 10-week foundation course, 3 elective courses and a final capstone presentation. During all phases of the program, participants apply knowledge and skills to the development and/or revision of their own online or blended course.

Phase 1: The 10-week foundation course is an intensive, collaborative practicum. Participants explore an array of topics, develop strategies to build their own online courses, and give and receive peer reviews. Participants also demonstrate their mastery of the basic elements of online courses: planning the course, understanding role adjustment, organizing the course, incorporating the advantages of online communications, and applying the pedagogical principles that create purposeful learning communities. At the end of the foundation course, participants are matched with a personal mentor who continues to provide targeted coaching, support, and resources throughout the remainder of the program.

Phase 2: During the elective phase, participants pursue identified areas of interest and/or need as they continue to refine strategic online course components.  Participants must successfully complete 3 one-week electives or 1 Mastery Series workshop.  

Phase 3: The Final Presentation consists of a synchronous, online presentation demonstrating the participant’s fully developed and/or revised online course, specific developed course components and a reflection of key learning points. This invitation-only presentation is attended by the participant’s mentor and is the capstone event for this program.

Total length of time to completion: All phases must be completed one year from program start.

Note: only workshops taken after beginning the Foundation Course of the Certificate Program can be applied as electives to complete the program.   Additionally, the workshop New to Online: The Essentials will not count as an elective.

Please review full details & pre-requisites

This is offered free to Faculty by KPC as part of our membership to the Online Learning Consortium (formerly The Sloan Consortium).

To qualify:

  • Instructor at KPC at least 2 semesters, or faculty support staff
  • Agreement to complete the program in its entirety
  • Agreement to present one local workshop, webinar, teaching tip article or screencast for your KPC colleagues
    • With support and coordination through KPC ETT
  • Application and signed agreement at least 3 weeks before cohort start date


Contact Claudia Pearson at or 907-235-1609 with any questions.

Additional dates:

  • Jun 14 – Aug 22, 2017
  • Jul 12 – Sep 19, 2017
  • Aug 30 – Nov 07, 2017
  • Oct 11 – Dec 19, 2017



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