Why Become Certified?

If you teach online at SFASU, or plan to teach online in the future, becoming a Certified Online Instructor makes good sense. The Online Instructor Certification course (OIC course), and the prerequisite Brightspace workshops, will help you learn and practice the technical skills you'll need to teach online as well as the pedagogical skills and best practices needed to design and deliver quality online courses.


In addition to the numerous pedagogical benefits, instructors who are certified to teach online here at SFASU are eligible to receive stipends for the development and delivery of fully online courses.


Becoming a Certified Online Instructor at SFASU

All faculty (including part-time faculty and adjuncts) at SFASU are eligible to become Certified Online Instructors. Staff and GAs may also be eligible to complete the certification course, with permission from their supervisors or department chairs. 


The Online Instructor Certification course (OIC course) provides faculty with the pedagogical skills needed for teaching online, including the Principles of Good Practice (PoGP), around which high quality, effective online courses are designed. Course participants will create a single content module in D2L (that could potentially become part of a full online course).


To become a Certified Online Instructor at SFASU, faculty must:


  1. Notify Laura Osborne, the CTL Training & Certification Coordinator, that they are interested in becoming certified. Send an email to or call us at 936.468.5832.

  2. Complete the prerequisite Brightspace workshops*. The workshops 1) provide faculty with practical, hands-on experience in a wide range of Brightspace skills, 2) provide an introduction to best practices and key policies for online courses at SFA, and 3) serve to ensure that all faculty entering the OIC course have achieved the level of Brightspace competency needed to succeed. The prerequisites may be met by completing the 2-part Brightspace Express workshops (a total of 6 hours) or by completing the series of Brightspace workshops #1-4 (2 hours each, for a total of 8 hours). To register for these workshops, log into mySFA, click the Employee tab, click the myTraining link, and peruse the available offerings. *Special arrangements are available by request. For example, faculty who already have significant experience using Brightspace at SFA may request an appointment for for the purpose of demonstrating competency in lieu of attending one or more of the workshops.

  3. Successfully complete the OIC course. The course runs online for about 10 weeks each fall and spring semester (with nothing due during university holidays). The course is also sometimes offered during the summer in a compressed 7 to 8 week format if there is sufficient and qualified demand.


Please contact us and complete the prerequisite Brightspace training as soon as possible to ensure that you are eligible for the OIC course the next time it is offered.


OIC Course Expectations

There are weekly deadlines in the OIC course as well as a small amount of group work; these elements are designed to give participants a realistic online course experience, emulating some of what participants' own students will encounter in the future.


The course includes discussions, quizzes, and assignments. Participants will be expected to put in several hours of work per week for most of the duration of the course, with more time possibly being required towards the end when the sample module is due.


OIC Course Dates for Summer 2019

The Summer cohort will begin on Wednesday, June 5th. Interested faculty should notify Laura Osborne by no later than Friday, May 31st. The prerequisite Brightspace workshops must be completed by no later than the day the Summer cohort starts (June 5th).

OIC Course Dates for Fall 2019

The Fall cohort will begin on Wednesday, September 18th. Interested faculty should notify Laura Osborne by no later than Friday, September 13th. The prerequisite Brightspace workshops must be completed by no later than the day the Fall cohort starts (September 18th).


To notify us of your interest in participating in either the Summer or Fall OIC cohorts, please complete the form below:





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