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

The Introduction to Teaching Online Certificate will begin again in Fall 2018.

This semester-long certificate is focused on those new to teaching fully online or in a hybrid/blended course environment. Participants will take part in an interactive cohort that meets face-to-face, online and in potential synchronous sessions. 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. Professional Development funds will be available.

Highlights of the Introduction to Teaching Online Certificate

  • Required attendance of at least three 2-hour synchronous meetings with topics including:
    • Ensuring that course materials, resources, and activities are accessible and easy to use for all learners
    • Developing your online course map
    • Building your online presence
    • Engaging your online students
    • Aligning your resources, activities, assignments and assessments
  • Portfolio of artifacts
  • Individual consultations with your assigned Instructional Designer
  • Optional Book Club participation

Advanced Online and Blended Teaching Certificate Program

The Advanced Online and Blended Teaching Certificate will begin again in Spring 2019.

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