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Winthrop Online Teaching Certification

Faculty Requirements Related to OTC

Options for Meeting OTC

How to Apply for an Alternative Skills Evaluation

Maintaining OTC

Online Teaching Certification Course Offerings 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

The Winthrop University Office of Online Learning (WOOL) administers training and maintains records for the Online Teaching Certification (OTC). OTC consists of two levels which are taught in two mandatory online training courses:

WOTC 101: Online Course Design and Development Basics

WOTC 102: Online Course Facilitation and Management

Faculty Requirements Related to OTC

  • Successfully complete WOTC 101 or its equivalent before designing and developing an online or hybrid 25%+ course, and, by extension, before receiving a stipend for Master course development.

  • Successfully complete WOTC 101 or its equivalent before being offered additional support to help with the design and development of an online or hybrid 25%+ course.  Instructional design support will be maximized if faculty members have acquired basic skills prior to designing and developing online and hybrid 25%+ courses.

  • Successfully complete WOTC 101 and WOTC 102 before teaching an online or hybrid 25%+ course.

NOTE: WOTC 101 is a prerequisite for WOTC 102.

Options for Meeting OTC

Beginning Fall 2019, faculty teaching online or hybrid 25%+ courses will be required to complete successfully WOTC 101 or its equivalent prior to beginning delivery of the course, and enroll in WOTC 102 or its equivalent prior to the end of the course.

  1. For new faculty, OTC may be met by completing either of these criteria:
    • Successfully completing WOTC 101 and WOTC 102.

    • Submitting evidence of successfully completing equivalent training offered by an approved university partner or vendor.

  1. Current faculty who have not previously designed, developed, and facilitated online or hybrid 25%+ courses at Winthrop University may meet OTC by completing either of these criteria:

    • Successfully completing WOTC 101 and WOTC 102.

    • Submitting evidence of successfully completing equivalent training offered by an approved university partner or vendor.

  1. Current faculty who have previous experience designing, developing, and facilitating online or hybrid 25%+ courses at Winthrop University may apply to meet OTC through an alternative skills evaluation. Faculty members requesting an alternative skills evaluation would need to (1) be nominated by their Department Chair or Dean, (2) have been teaching at Winthrop for at least three years, and (3) have taught two online or hybrid 25%+ courses in the last two academic years, one of which being from the most recent academic year. For current faculty members who qualify, OTC may be met in the following ways:

    • WOTC 101: At least three weeks prior to delivery, submit an existing Winthrop University course for review to WOOL to show successful design and development of an online learning environment. Courses will be evaluated using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric to determine if the faculty member meets the Accomplished rating for designing and developing a successful online or hybrid 25%+ course. The results of the alternative skills evaluation will be provided to the nominating chair or dean to share with the faculty member. The faculty member will be required to complete the corresponding modules in WOTC 101 for any Incomplete criteria. Further professional development may also be recommended. See How to Apply for an Alternative Skills Evaluation below.

    • WOTC 102: At least three weeks prior to delivery, submit an existing Winthrop University course for review to WOOL. Courses will be evaluated using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric to determine if the faculty member meets the Accomplished rating for online or hybrid 25%+ course facilitation and interaction with students. In addition, submit copies of course evaluations from two online or hybrid 25%+ sections facilitated in the last two academic years, one of which being from the most recent academic year, to show ongoing successful online or hybrid 25%+ course facilitation supported by student feedback. The results of the alternative skills evaluation will be provided to the nominating chair or dean to share with the faculty member. The faculty member will be required to complete the corresponding modules in WOTC 102 for any Incomplete criteria. See How to Apply for an Alternative Skills Evaluation below.

      NOTE: It is strongly recommended that all faculty, regardless of their teaching history, complete WOTC 102.

  2. Current faculty who are teaching online or hybrid 25%+ courses but do not meet the requirements for applying for alternative skills evaluation will have the option to meet WOTC 101 by submitting an existing Winthrop University online or hybrid 25%+ course for review at least three weeks prior to delivery to show successful design and development of an online learning environment.  Faculty members will also be required to enroll in WOTC 102 by the end of fall 2019 in order to continue teaching online. Courses will be evaluated using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric to determine if the faculty member meets the Accomplished rating for designing and developing a successful online or hybrid 25%+ course. The faculty member will be required to complete the corresponding modules in WOTC 101 for any Incomplete criteria. Further professional development may also be recommended.

How to Apply for an Alternative Skills Evaluation (refer to item 3 above for eligibility)

  1. Request for your department chair or dean to complete the Alternative Skills Evaluation Nomination Form, nominating you for an alternative skills evaluation for WOTC 101 and/or WOTC 102.
  2. Complete the Request for Blackboard Exemplary Course Review Form
  3. Submitted courses are reviewed by a Winthrop University instructional designer. The reviewers use the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric to evaluate each course. The results are compiled and the feedback is returned to the nominating chair or dean to share with the faculty member.
  4. All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail within three business days of receipt of the submission form and will be reviewed within three weeks of the acknowledgement date. If you have any questions about the submission process, please e-mail instructionaldesign@winthrop.edu.

Maintaining OTC 

Faculty are required to obtain continuous professional development in order to maintain OTC. OTC is valid for a period of 5 years. After 5 years, an OTC recertification is required for all faculty members teaching online or hybrid 25%+ courses. This recertification ensures that faculty members remain current with Winthrop’s Strategic Vision for Online Education. A faculty member can recertify by advancing their initial skills through a series of professional development activities totaling at least 10 hours related to online learning within a five-year period. These activities may be met through professional development activities offered at Winthrop University or through other approved means, e.g. external workshops, webinars, conferences. Documentation of external professional development are to be submitted to WOOL for review.  

Acceptable forms of documentation include a transcript or certificate of attendance, participation, or completion. In order for external professional development to be considered, documentation must be provided that clearly indicates the following information:

  1. the faculty member’s name

  2. the name and location of the training/education provider

  3. the course/activity title

  4. the official course/activity description and objectives

  5. the date or semester in which the course/activity was completed

  6. the duration of the activity (contact hours) or credit hours earned

  7. that the activity was successfully completed with an indication of "pass" or "complete"

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