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Certifications & Programs

Digital Professor Certification

This series is designed to culminate in the certification of faculty as "Digital Professors." This designation will indicate completion of 20 hours of professional development in the areas of pedagogy and technology in online/hybrid teaching and learning.  Note:  Participants should take Boot Camp for Online Instruction (LCTS3212) or Blackboard Fundamentals (LTAD3282) prior to enrolling in Digital Professor courses.
To successfully complete the Digital Professor Certification, the faculty member must complete the following certification requirements.

  • 16 hours of required pedagogy courses
  • at least 2 hours of optional pedagogy courses
  • and at least 2 hours of optional technology courses

 

We would like to congratulate our

Distinguished Digital Professors!

 

Certification Planning Document


Monthly reports are pulled and Digital Professor Certifications will be automatically awarded. The planning document provides a list of required and optional courses which can be used to plan your certification or program. It is available as a printer-friendly fillable PDF. Digital Professor Certfication Planning Document

REQUIRED PEDAGOGY COURSES (16 hours)

This orientation to online pedagogy includes an analysis of the best practices of online education from the perspectives of students, faculty and institutions as it relates to adult learning theory, (continued) development of online learning communities, technology usage, expectations, assessment, evaluation, communication and diversity. The participant will establish an understanding of best practices and establish practical applications for use in their online classrooms. Note: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

 

This course will explore the Quality Matters project and processes and will prepare the participant to be part of an initiative that impacts the design of online courses and ultimately, student success.  Participants should be experienced online instructors.  After successfully completing this course, participants will be eligible to serve on a Valencia Quality Matters peer course review.  Note: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification

 

Identify the implications of TEACH, Digital Millennium Act, and copyright on digital rights management for virtual faculty and students. Understand the implications of Federal Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) when communicating in the virtual environment. This course will also explore plagiarism and academic integrity in the online classroom.  Note: This course is required for faculty seeking Digital Professor Certification.

 

Concepts and best practice strategies from current literature about learning-centered online testing and grading are presented.  Participants will share strategies and suggestions to design and improve online authentic assessments.  Note:  This online course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

 

Universal design for learning is “the design of products and environments useable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” Universal design benefits all users including students with unique learning needs. This course will explore the creation of digital course content that can be used by the broadest audience possible. Note: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

 

This course will engage participants in the concepts, effective strategies and best practices in creating and maintaining an online learning community.  Note: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

 

PEDAGOGY ELECTIVES (a minimum of 2 hours)

This course is designed to enhance participants’ ability to effectively facilitate discussions in the online environment.  Participants will examine the facilitator’s role in online discussions that build community and enhance student learning.  Participants will enhance their facilitation skills through activities with their peers that simulate facilitator-student interaction.  NOTE: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

 

This scenario-based online course focuses on designing and facilitating group projects in the online environment.  The focus is using student groups in online classes, but the insights will translate to the face-to-face classroom as well.  NOTE: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

 

Engagement is the critical element for student success and retention in online classes. In this course, participants will explore virtual student engagement and develop a variety of resources and activities to connect with the online learner. NOTE: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

 

This scenario-based online course is designed for instructors who are currently teaching online or are planning to in the near future. This course will also be of great value to those involved in designing and developing online courses. It focuses on understanding the characteristics and needs of the online student and developing strategies to facilitate effective online discussions, assessment and ultimately the development of an online learning community.  NOTE: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

 

This course will explore plagiarism and academic integrity.  Participants will develop a comprehensive plan to avoid and detect plagiarism and encourage students to engage in behaviors supportive of academic integrity.  NOTE: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

 

Participants will examine best practices and models for developing a hybrid course. Particular attention will be paid to appropriately leveraging the face-to-face and online components of hybrid course design.  Participants will develop a plan for the delivery of their course.  NOTE: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

 

Participants will explore teaching and learning strategies utilizing social media to enhance student learning.  This course will showcase various applications and how they can be used to enhance communication, collaboration, and student engagement.  Social and legal issues relating to the use of social media in higher education will also be explored.  Participants will develop a plan to appropriately integrate social media into a specific course.  NOTE: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification and is part one of a two-part series on social media. Part II, LTAD 3383, provides an in-depth overview of various social media tools.

 

Getting students off on the right foot in an online class can mean the difference between success and failure. This workshop will engage participants in addressing the orientation needs of the virtual student. Participants will explore the essential elements and develop a plan for an effective online orientation. In addition, participants will review the resources in place at Valencia to help faculty provide a comprehensive student orientation. NOTE: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

 

TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVES (a minimum of 2 hours)

This course is designed to provide participants with an introduction to polling and surveying, resulting in enhanced engagement and diversified assessment strategies. By the end of the course, participants will be able to create their own poll or survey for use in assessment, feedback, and engaging students in learning.

 

This course will assist participants in identifying and incorporating multimedia and instructional tools to accommodate students' diverse learning styles. NOTE: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

 

 

 

This hands-on course will support faculty in identifying, creating, and integrating discipline-specific reusable learning objects. Faculty will learn how to use SoftChalk Lesson Builder to create original interactive course content.  Faculty will also learn how to access and integrate RLOs from various digital repositories. NOTE:  This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

 

This introductory course on mobile learning will provide participants with an overview of mobile learning activities, including formative assessments, single topic lessons, and collaborative projects. Participants will also review mobile applications compatible with Blackboard learning management systems, with an emphasis on maximizing integration of iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices for teaching and learning. NOTE: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

Not Currently Being Offered

 

Bring your quizzes and test banks. Get ready to learn how to quickly and easily develop, edit, and publish quizzes, self-tests, flashcards, crossword puzzles, and many other interactive assessment tools to your course.  NOTE: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

 

Explore technology based tools that aide educators in preventing and detecting unoriginal content in assignment submissions.  This course will also explore writing and researching resources that can be easily integrated into a blackboard-enabled course. NOTE: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

 

This two session hybrid course will explore best practices, planning, development, and delivery of a high-quality reusable video orientation for your course.  This course will culminate in the taping of your online video orientation.  NOTE: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

 

In this course, faculty will focus on using various social media tools that can be utilized to enhance the communication and engagement of students. This course will include an in-depth overview of Twitter, Facebook, Goggle+ and other emerging social media platforms. NOTE: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification and is part two of a two-part series on social media. Participants should successfully complete part one, LCTS3280, before enrolling in this course.

 

This course will assist instructors in locating, identifying, and using open educational resources. These resources are often free, and can supplement or be used in place of standard textbooks and other educational materials.

 

This course is designed to show the utility of screencasting as well as how to create a simple screencast. Screencasts capture short videos of what someone has on their computer screens and allows them to narrate over it. They can be used for quick demonstrations, course tours, and more.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Page Jerzak

Director for Online Teaching and Learning
pjerzak@valenciacollege.edu
(407) 582-3865