Online Instructor Certificate Program

Experience Online Learning as Your Students Do!

Available to educators across the nation, this series of fully online courses will show you how to design and deliver a quality course via the Internet – free for UM-Flint faculty and competitively priced for others.

You may choose any course individually, or you may decide to earn the full online instructor certificate.  For the certificate, participants must complete the courses in Section 1 plus one option from Section 2.

For registration instructions and the promotion code to take the courses free, contact the Online Learning Helpdesk at or (810) 237-6691.

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Section 1 - Complete the Following

OPTIONAL:  Blackboard Basics for Faculty (online, self-paced, instructor-facilitated; $100, 2 CEUs)

Faculty learn the basics of this learning management system and will have their own Blackboard course shell in which to do assignments and practice.  This is optional only for those who are already tech-savvy and have used some type of learning management system.

REQUIRED: Faculty Introduction to Online Teaching (online, self-paced;  $100, 2 CEUs)

This course introduces instructional design theory and the basics of what it takes to develop and teach an online course. Includes trends and mechanics of online teaching.

REQUIRED: Intensive Course Development (online, structured, instructor-led; $400, 8 CEUs)

In this eight-week course, participants experience first-hand what it is like to be an online learner, walk through the development process, and create the core of an online course, including learning objectives, syllabus and course material for at least two complete weeks of instruction.

Prerequisites: Blackboard Basics (or experience) and Faculty Intro to Online Teaching

REQUIRED: Copyright Issues in Online Teaching (online, self-paced; $100, 2 CEUs)

This course provides both an overview for educators of copyright issues and specific information related to the online environment. Topics include instructors’ responsibilities regarding student work, graphic sources and rules for Web-based course content, fair use, database and digital rights protection, and such legislation as The Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the TEACH Act.



Blogs in Education (online, self-paced, instructor-facilitated; $50,1 CEU)

This course explores the power of blogging—a simple yet effective way for enhancing teaching and learning. It focuses on the implications of blogging in educational settings. Participants will study how other educators are using blogs to deepen learning and increase student achievements, explore Web-based tools for finding and subscribing to educational blogs, and create their own Weblogs.


Course Quality Assessment (self-paced; $100, 2 CEUs)

Using an Excel-based tool, faculty can assess the quality of their courses according to 60 standards and sub standards related to technology usability and instructional design.  This tool provides measurement criteria, benchmarks, ratings and a weighting system to provide an overview that is as objective as possible.


Creating Audio for the Online Course Using Audacity (self-paced, instructor-facilitated; $25, .5 CEU)

Research shows that learning is more thorough and knowledge retention greater when feedback is provided orally.  Faculty also report that that it is faster and easier to create an audio file than to type lengthy notes.  In this course, participants learn how to create short messages and provide audio feedback.


Grab-&-Go Graphics (self-paced, instructor-facilitated; $50, 1 CEU

This fast, fun, easy module provides tips and tricks for finding, modifying, resizing and creating new graphics and photos, as well as how to use them in Blackboard. 


Screencasting: Creating Mini-multimedia Lessons (self-paced, instructor-facilitated; $50, 1 CEU This course introduces ways of using screencasts in educational or training settings using a free version of Jing and Screencast or You Tube for sharing files.

Course Development Stipends

UM-Flint faculty may be eligible to earn a stipend for developing a new online or mixed-mode course (contingent upon availability of funds).  Interested faculty must accomplish and secure the following in order to be eligible:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive Course Design program (80% or higher) – a cohort-based online course that introduces you to the world of online teaching and learning, and walks you through building your online course.
  2. Attendance at one of our multimedia workshops and learn how to record your own lecture content.  Regular offerings include Lecture Capture Possibilities, Camtasia Screen Recorder, Kaltura Video System, and Including Multimedia in your Assessments.
  3. Departmental commitment to teach the course once a year, for three consecutive years.
  4. Finally, the course must be reviewed by OEL to ensure the criteria on the Course Development Stipend Request form are met.  A review may be requested once the course is at least 50% developed.

To get started, see the Course Development Stipend Request document or contact Krista Heiser at or (810) 762-3200.