Sprint Ahead: Online faculty development certificate

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Missouri Online is excited to announce a new opportunity for interested faculty and staff: the Sprint Ahead: Online Faculty Development Certificate.

This program currently includes three badges (design, assessment, and community) made up of 10 individual focused and autonomous sprints. All of these sprints incorporate the latest scholarship of teaching and learning research and ask participants to design and/or develop instructional materials that align with current best practices. We plan to develop additional sprints and badges on other areas related to teaching and learning in the near future. 

Each sprint consists of three sections and is estimated to take three hours total: 

  1. Context: Review the latest information and guidance for each topic.
  2. Connect: Book a 1-hour virtual support appointment (via Microsoft Teams) with a Missouri Online instructional or media designer.
  3. Create: Create/update relevant instructional materials and share your work.

Enroll today through our Missouri Online Teaching Catalog. Descriptions and links to each sprint are listed below. Participants will need a Missouri System login to enroll and complete each sprint’s requirements for certification. Please contact teachingonline@umsystem.edu with any questions.

Badge 1: Design

The Design Badge is made up of professional development courses relating to learning-experience design. Topics center on building effective, accessible, and well-written course materials. It is one portion of the overarching Sprint Ahead: Online Faculty Development Certificate, which includes a variety of self-paced, autonomous, and focused opportunities for instructors looking to enhance their online teaching skills. 

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Sprint 1A

Create or reorganize an existing module that aligns with your teaching style. Learn the importance of structural design in Canvas and create informative Canvas pages. 

Enroll in Sprint 1.A: Information Architecture: Using Canvas Effectively

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Sprint 1B

As an instructor, the materials you are most likely to share with your students include Word files and PowerPoint slide decks. This sprint will guide you through the core skills of digital accessibility and how to apply those skills in these documents. After you have finished, you will have at least four documents you have remediated for digital accessibility.

Enroll in Sprint 1.B: Designing Digitally Accessible Documents

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Sprint 1C

Create a visual piece of instructional media (either a one minute video or an infographic) that includes key design strategies for working with instructional media. In this sprint, you will also incorporate active learning strategies into your course content.

Enroll in Sprint 1.C: Creating Effective Instructional Media

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Sprint 1D

This sprint teaches the quick drafting method to unlock your creative potential and craft a set of directions or a teaching philosophy statement that conforms to plain language standards. It will also help you decide how much technical language is appropriate for your subject and audience.

Enroll in Sprint 1.D: Plain Language Writing

Badge 2: Assessment

The Assessment Badge is made up of professional development courses on aligning and assessing learning experiences. Topics addressed include learning outcomes, active learning, and authentic pedagogy. It is one portion of the overarching Sprint Ahead: Online Faculty Development Certificate, which includes a variety of self-paced, autonomous, and focused opportunities for instructors looking to enhance their online teaching skills.

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Sprint 2A

Learning outcomes serve as the road map for a course. In this sprint, you will use Bloom’s Taxonomy and the SMART technique to create or revise course- and module-level learning outcomes.

Enroll in Sprint 2.A: Learning Outcomes: Edujargon or Educessity?

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Sprint 2B

In this sprint, you will revise an existing lecture or learning activity to include two active learning strategies or tools. Active learning is an instructional method that engages students in the learning process beyond listening and passive note taking.

Enroll in Sprint 2.B: Active Learning

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Sprint 2C

Move beyond lecturing and testing by incorporating authentic learning and assessment into your online course. In this sprint, you will develop (or revise) an authentic activity that encourages meaningful and relevant learning experiences. 

Enroll in Sprint 2.C: Centering Relevance with Authentic Pedagogy

Badge 3: Community

The Community Badge is made up of professional development courses centered on building community in online courses. Topics addressed include engagement, inclusive teaching, and effective group work. It is one portion of the overarching Sprint Ahead: Online Faculty Development Certificate, which includes a variety of self-paced, autonomous, and focused opportunities for instructors looking to enhance their online teaching skills.

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Sprint 3A

In this sprint, you will apply the Peralta Online Equity Rubric to assess your online course design and teaching. Additionally, you will identify strategies for applying the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in online teaching, and use UDL to address a “pinch point” in your online course design.

Enroll in Sprint 3.A: Inclusive Online Teaching

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Sprint 3B

Zoom meetings don’t need to be watered-down versions of in-person classes. In this sprint, participants will discover a variety of high-engagement, active learning strategies for effective class discussions that they can employ in (and around) their synchronous meetings by taking advantage of tools already available in Zoom and Canvas.

Enroll in Sprint 3.B: Less Zoom Doom, More Engagement

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Sprint 3C

In this sprint, you will learn about practical and effective strategies to address the common challenges of online group learning. You will adapt a group collaboration plan to help learners initiate group conversations and foster group cohesion, create a peer assessment, and develop a grading strategy. 

Enroll in Sprint 3.C: Effective Online Group Work