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/mixed-mode teaching and learning. Note: Participants should take Boot Camp for Online Instruction (LCTS3212) or Canvas Essentials (LTAD1118) 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 pedagogy electives
  • and at least 2 hours of technology electives

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)

LCTS3242 Developing Interactive Web-based Courses2 PD 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.

*ASMT3326 Introduction to the Rubric for Online Competencies4 PD Hours

This course will explore the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC) which contains quality online design and delivery criteria aligned with the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator, and will prepare the participant to be part of the Course Peer Review Process. Participants will learn to consistently apply the rubric which supports faculty as they develop, redesign, and deliver quality online courses to improve the student learning experience. NOTE: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification, and participants must successfully complete this course prior to taking ASMT3327: ROC Peer Review Training.

PRFC3244 Legal Issues and the Virtual Student2 PD Hours

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.

ASMT3353 Authentic Learning and Online Assessment2 PD Hours

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.

*INDV3158 Universal Design and Accessibility4 PD Hours

All students need to be able to navigate your online course and access all of your content. In this course, you will learn how to apply universal design principles to ensure that your online course and content provide equitable learning experiences for all students. NOTE: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

INDV3248 Building Online Learning Communities2 PD Hours

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.

* Please note that two previous courses can be used as substitutes for some of these requirements. Faculty can substitute "ASMT3232 Quality Matters: Peer Reviewer Training" for ASMT3326. They can also substitute "INDV3246 Universal Design for Online Learning" for INDV3158.


Pedagogy Electives (a minimum of 2 hours)

INDV3358 Facilitating Online Discussions10 PD 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.

LCTS1112 Succeeding with Online Group Work20 PD Hours

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.

LCTS3125 Engaging the Online Learner2 PD Hours

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.

LCTS3137 Facilitating Online Learning20 PD Hours

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.

LCTS3211 Strategies for Academic Integrity 2 PD Hours

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.

LCTS3247 Maximizing Hybrid Learning (not currently offered)10 PD Hours

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

LCTS3280 Teaching and Learning with Social Media Part I 4 PD Hours

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.

LCTS3318 Mixed-mode Design and Delivery 20 PD Hours

Mixed-mode courses require increased attention to course design and delivery since they must achieve a balance between online and face-to-face components. Participants in this course will focus on best practices to develop a clear course structure, assessment plan, and engagement strategies in order to deliver a quality mixed-mode course. NOTE: This course is an elective for Digital Professor Certification.

LFMP3115 Designing an Effective Online Student Orientation2 PD Hours

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.


Optional Technology Courses (a minimum of 2 hours)

LTAD3240 Multimedia Tools for All Courses2 PD Hours

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.

LTAD3241 Podcasting 101(not currently offered) 4 PD Hours


LTAD3270 Build Your Own Online Lessons (prev. SoftChalk)10 PD Hours

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.

LTAD3284 Mobile Learning (not currently offered) 6 PD Hours

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.

LTAD3285 Test and Activity Creators (prev. Respondus & Studymate)2 PD Hours

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.

LTAD3286 Tools for Plagiarism Prevention2 PD Hours

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.

LTAD3287 Online Video Orientations6 PD Hours

This two session mixed-mode 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.

LTAD3228 Using Polls and Surveys to Engage and Assess 7 PD Hours


LTAD3383 Teaching and Learning with Social Media Part II 6 PD Hours

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.

LTAD3387 Open Educational Resources 3 PD Hours


LTAD3388 Screencasting 4 PD Hours



For More Information

Page Jerzak

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