Digital Learning Certificate Program

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The Digital Learning Faculty Certificate program is funded by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, with support from the Quality of Distance Learning Task Force, the Distance Education/Digital Learning Mentoring team, and the Office of Instructional Technology. It is an extension of the Distance Education Mentoring Program, which was developed to ensure the academic integrity of distance education and to meet the need to match the conditions of learning with technology used to deliver the course.


The Program at a Glance

  • Spring or Summer Semester
  • Develop a technology-enhanced, hybrid or online course
  • Paired with mentor with knowledge and experience related to distance education and technology integration
  • Attend workshops & mentor meetings
  • Participate in online course

  • Teach course next time it can be offered
  • Mentors and OIT staff review courses and provide suggestions for improvement
  • Participants have access to mentors and OIT staff for assistance

  • Mentor team reviews courses and assesses relative to QM rubric
  • Courses can pass, pass conditionally or require further review

  • Participants whose courses successfully pass the QM rubric are recognized with a certificate and become certified Digital Learning Faculty



Topics Addressed

  • Instructional Design Best Practices

  • Effective Technology Integration

  • Multimedia to Enhance Student Learning

  • Principles of Online Instruction

  • Engaging Student Activities

  • Meaningful Assessment Strategies

  • Effective and Efficient Facilitation

  • Instructional Software Tools


Research on the Program

Barczyk, C., Buckenmeyer, J., Feldman, L., & Hixon, E. (2011). Assessment of a university-based distance education mentoring program from a quality management perspective. Mentoring & Tutoring, 19(1), 5-24.

Hixon, E., Zamojski, H., & Buckenmeyer, J. (2011, April). Beyond innovators and early adopters: Moving the majority online. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA.

Barczyk, C., Buckenmeyer, J. & Feldman, L. (2010). Mentoring professors: A model for developing quality online instructors and courses in higher education. International Journal on E-Learning, 9(1), 7 26.

Hixon, E., Buckenmeyer, J., Barczyk, C., & Feldman, L. (2010, May). Designing effective online course development programs: Key characteristics for far-reaching impact. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Resarch Association. Denver, CO. demp_proceedings.pdf.


For More Information…

Contact the Program Directors:

Heather Zamojski, M.S.

Assistant Vice chancellor, Academic Technologies and Business Analyst


Emily Hixon, Ph.D

Faculty Instructional Design Consultant