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Multi-Session Programming

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Some topics deserve to be explored in depth. The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) has created these programs to give you the opportunity to examine these concepts over time and to allow for practical work while paired with a CTE Instructional Designer or Faculty Developer.

  • Teaching Online Courses (TOC) Program: Earn CTE certification for the design and delivery of online courses at Georgia Southern with our facilitated online workshop and design practicum. Topics include instructional design theory, engaging online students, Quality Matters course design standards, meeting Web accessibility guidelines, and more!
  • Getting Started Teaching Online Courses (TOC) Program: The CTE is offering multiple sessions of the GSTOC program for faculty to receive the training required to teach online. Each session includes 3 self-paced modules followed by a requisite Design Practicum (DP). All components must be completed to be considered “certified” to teach online courses.
  • Improving Your Online Course (IYOC): Official Quality Matters online workshop. Participants use the QM Rubric of 42 course design standards to improve the quality of their online course.

The Teaching Online Courses (TOC) Program prepares and certifies faculty to deliver and design online courses at Georgia Southern University (GS).

The TOC Program consists of a six-week online workshop followed by a three-week course design practicum.

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TOC Program Schedule

**You only need to register for TOC in GSMU. Once you are registered for the TOC, you are auto-enrolled in the appropriate session of Design Practicum.

  • Spring 2021
    • TOC Workshop: February 1 – March 14 (6 weeks)
    • TOC Design Practicum: March 22 – April 11 (3 weeks) (auto-enrolled)

Fall Information Coming Soon

TOC Components

1. Online TOC Workshop

During the online TOC Workshop, participants discuss and address the challenges of teaching online, time management strategies, pedagogical models for course delivery and design, facilitating online engagement, using Quality Matters for quality assurance, and web accessibility. You may anticipate spending up to twenty-four hours to complete the workshop.

2. TOC Design Practicum

During the design practicum, faculty are paired with an instructional designer to help them build one online learning module that meets standards for quality course design. You may anticipate spending up to twelve hours to complete the practicum.


  • Participants who complete all parts of the program at a satisfactory level receive a Teaching Online Courses Program certificate from the CTE.
  • Our best estimate is that 36 hours will be needed to complete the program.


None. No prior online teaching experience is necessary.

*Seats for the TOC Workshop and Program may be limited. Applicants will be notified of their status seven to ten days prior to the start of the event.

The CTE is offering multiple sessions of the Getting Started Teaching Online Courses (GSTOC) Program for faculty to receive the training required to teach online. Each session includes 3 self-paced modules followed by a requisite Design Practicum (DP). The Self-paced learning modules provide the framework for designing a quality online course. The Design Practicum (DP) is an integral element where each faculty member is assigned an instructional designer who supports the faculty member’s design and development of one online learning module.

All components must be completed to be considered “certified” to teach online courses. Participants may earn the Teaching with Technology (TWT) badge upon submitting an action plan following each module and submitting a capstone reflection. 

The Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop explores the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Quality Matters is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its scalable, peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a plan to improve the design of an online course.

Deadline: May 21, Friday


IYOC Program Schedule

  • Summer 2021
    • May 25 – June 14
  • Fall 2021
    • September 14 – October 4


  • Participants who successfully complete the IYOC are eligible to download and print a certificate of completion from the Quality Matters website.
  • Our best estimate is to expect at least 10 hours per week to complete the workshop.

“The workshop was worthwhile and challenging. The Facilitators were responsive and helpful.”

“I was surprised to learn about the system created by QM. Simply working through this workshop and seeing how this organization has created a system by which one can examine any online course no matter what the discipline has been an interesting exercise in thinking about elements of pedagogy in abstract ways and then examining how those elements are made manifest in my own course.”

“It has been a pleasure participating in this workshop. First, I was surprised that my course largely complies with the QM philosophies and rubric, particularly because I had a very brief interaction with the rubric and the design philosophies behind it when I first took my online course certification in 2014. Second, I was happy to glimpse at the online coursework of my colleagues and verify that I’m on the same page—there’s room for improvement, but my own course design largely matched the work of others. In online teaching, we’re a little more isolated in the course’s evaluation than in face-to-face courses, so I think I have been a bit unsure about how I was doing. The course structure and design principles shared here validated my own. Third, I found the workshop itself a good model for the online course I’m working on. I like the consistent and logical flow and the use of checklists, and the workshop’s structure has inspired me to more clearly align objectives, activities, and instructional materials.”

“I am surprised by how much this course, designed to improve my online course, will also positively impact my face-to-face courses.”

“[Appreciated] the wonderful insight provided by the participants in the discussion items. Loved the interaction.”

Last updated: 4/14/2021