Online and Blended Teaching Certificate Programs

The Online & Blended Teaching Certificate Programs have been developed to assist faculty in the design, development, and delivery of online and blended courses. In each certificate, instructors will be guided through curriculum based on the Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QLT) Program offered through the California State University, Office of the Chancellor.

The mission of the Strategic Plan at Fresno State is to boldly educate and empower students for success. The Online & Blended Teaching Certificate Programs at Fresno State directly address Priority One of this plan through the themes of access to classes and curriculum and course redesign.

Priority One:
Enhance teaching and learning through best practices, innovative programs, and high-impact experiences that attract talented and diverse students and contribute to retention, extraordinary learning, the development of the whole student, and lifelong success.

Introduction to Teaching Online Certificate - will begin again in FALL 2019

Certificate Program Description:
This semester long certificate is focused on those new to teaching in an online course environment or those wanting to strengthen their online teaching skills. Participants will take part in an interactive cohort using the recently adopted Canvas platform for online course delivery. Through this blended approach, instructors will gain the essential skills and knowledge necessary to effectively teach online and blended courses as well gain a solid understanding of how to enhance the learning opportunities for all students.

Certificate Program Details:

  • Enroll and complete Q1-Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT. This course is an introduction to the pedagogies and strategies of successfully teaching in blended-online formats, weaving the 10 sections of the CSU QLT instrument throughout. This course is intended for anyone who is interested in and/or plans to teach a blended or online course. Participants can expect to engage in helpful discussions with their peers and share best practices for creating quality blended-online courses that align with their student learning outcomes. This asynchronous course will take approximately 15 - 20 hours.
  • Enroll and complete the self-paced tutorial, Growing with Canvas, to learn how to use Canvas or fine tune your Canvas skills! All those participating in the Introduction to Teaching Online Certificate must earn the End of Course badge. The course takes approximately 9-12 hours.

Highlights of the Introduction to Teaching Online Certificate:

  • Networking Lunch
  • Building your Canvas skill set 
  • Ideas and strategies for the online course environment
  • Portfolio of artifacts
  • Individual consultations with your assigned Instructional Designer 

Complete the following to receive $250.00 in professional development funds:

  • Successful completion of Q1 as required by APM 206
  • Successful completion of Growing with Canvas
  • Online teaching philosophy reflection
  • Completed course map
  • 2 artifacts from Q1
  • Participation in the spring Technology Innovations and Pedagogy (TIP) Conference

If you have questions, contact Maria-Aparecida Lopes,

Advanced Online and Blended Teaching Certificate - will begin again in Spring 2020

This certificate is designed for those faculty who are currently teaching a fully online or a hybrid/blended course. Through an interactive cohort, participants will enhance and strengthen current skills to become a more effective instructor in both the pedagogy and practices of online instruction. An integral part of this program is the application of the QLT Objectives. To achieve this, successful completion of Q2 Reviewing Courses Using the QLT Instrument is required.

Highlights of the Advanced Online & Blended Teaching Certificate

  • Self-evaluation of your online course
  • Required attendance at two 2-hour synchronous meetings with topics including:
    • Addressing the online course’s adherence to accessibility and universal design principles
    • Peer evaluation
    • Course redesign action plan
    • Showcase of course transformation
  • Potential to submit fully online redesigned course to the Office of the Chancellor for Cross Campus Enrollment
  • Potential to serve as a member of the QLT Working Group at Fresno State
  • Individual consultations with your assigned Instructional Designer
  • Optional Book Club participation