Office of Online and Blended Learning

Online and Blended Learning Faculty Development Model

We have a three-level faculty development model explained in detail on our eLearning Faculty Status web page, as well as summarized below:

LEVEL 1: Online Teaching Status
This level of certification is required of all full and part-time faculty teaching online and is the required entry point to our faculty development program. Faculty may achieve this status by completing the Office of Online and Blended Learning’s Online Teaching Course, if offered, or the Quality Matters “Teaching Online: An Introduction to Online Delivery”. See Faculty Development Course and Workshop Descriptions, below, for more information.

LEVEL 2: Online Reviewer Status
This level of certification is required of all faculty who intend to serve as a Quality Matters peer reviewer or want to develop online courses at Armstrong. Faculty achieving this certification will acquire a deep understanding of the Quality Matters standards and review process. Additionally, upon completing this certification, faculty can apply to serve as a peer reviewer. Achieving this status requires the completion of two Quality Matters trainings: The “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” workshop and QM Peer Reviewer Course. An optional addition to this status is to become a Master Reviewer by taking the Quality Matters “Master Reviewer” Course. See Faculty Development Course and Workshop Descriptions, below, for more information.

LEVEL 3: eLearning Faculty Status
This is our highest level of faculty development. Levels One and Two must be achieved prerequisite to this level. Achieving this status requires the completion of the Quality Matters “Designing Your Online Course” workshop and successfully getting a course through the Quality Matters Peer Review Process. See Faculty Development Course and Workshop Descriptions, below, for more information.

Professional Development Descriptions

Teaching Online: An Introduction to Online Delivery

The Quality Matters workshop "Teaching Online: An Introduction to Online Delivery" will replace Armstrong's Online Teaching Course (OTC) for providing Online Teaching Certification until we have enough internal capacity to once again offer our own Online Teaching Course. Participants will be introduced to differences between traditional face-to-face learning and online learning, the instructor’s role in the online classroom, the importance of getting (and keeping) students engaged, and methods of facilitating online discussions using the discussion board. Participants can expect to spend 8-10 hours per week to successfully complete this workshop. The $200 workshop fee will be paid on behalf of full-time, part-time, and adjuct faculty pursuing Armstrong's Online Teaching Certification. To request this course, use the OBL Professional Development Request Form.

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) is Quality Matters' flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. The workshop has no prerequisite requirements, is fully online for two weeks, and participants can expect to spend about 10-11 hours per week to successfully complete it. The $200 workshop fee will be paid on behalf of full-time faculty pursuing Armstrong's Peer Reviewer Certification. To request this course, use the OBL Professional Development Request Form.

QM Peer Reviewer Course

The Peer Reviewer Course is designed to prepare experienced online faculty to become Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewers.  The Peer Reviewer Course includes a review of Quality Matters, practice critiquing and writing helpful recommendations, and a Practice Review in which the participants are asked to review Specific Standards in an online course using QM's Course Review Management System (CRMS). Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop.

QM expects all Peer Reviewers to give significant attention to their reviews, so the Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) is modeled after those expectations.  Since the PRC leads to certification as a Peer Reviewer, it is a rigorous course and demands significant time and attention. Participants can expect to spend 8-10 hours per week to complete this fully online two-week course. Upon successful completion, eligible participants must complete and submit an Application as well as a Memo of Understanding in order to become a QM Certified Peer Reviewer.  QM Certified Peer Reviewers are eligible to serve on both QM-Managed and Subscriber-Managed course reviews. The $200 course fee will be paid on behalf of full-time faculty pursuing Armstrong's Peer Reviewer Certification. To request this course, use the OBL Professional Development Request Form.

QM Master Reviewer Certification

The Master Reviewer Certification (MRC) is an advanced certification course for experienced QM Peer Reviewers. The role of QM Master Reviewer is integral to ensuring the rigor and consistency of the peer review process. In this course, Peer Reviewers will learn the role of Master Reviewer including management of the entire review process and coaching peers to ensure helpful recommendations are provided for course improvements. Master Reviewer Certification is a requirement for Team Chairs on all official course reviews, both QM-Managed and Subscriber-Managed. Prerequisite requirements include successful completion of the Applying the QM Rubric workshop and the Peer Reviewer Course, recent online teaching experience, and service on two official Higher Education QM course review teams (either QM-Managed or Subscriber-Managed). Faculty who are master-reviewer certified will receive higher payments per review and will be eligible to lead peer reviews for Armstrong or outside higher education institutions.

The MRC is an intensive, two-week-long course that prepares QM Peer Reviewers to serve in the role of QM Master Reviewer. A substantial time commitment is necessary to demonstrate the competencies necessary to complete the MRC. Peer Reviewers enrolled in the MRC should expect to spend between 16 and 30 hours to complete this course in the two week period. Deadlines must be met to continue. Successful completion is determined by facilitators.

The $300 course fee will be paid on behalf of full-time faculty desiring to upgrade their Peer Reviewer Certification. To request this course, use the OBL Professional Development Request Form. Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of the Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop
  • Successful completion of the Peer Reviewer Course (PRC)
  • Must be a QM Certified Peer Reviewer
  • Must have served on two official Higher Education QM-Managed or Subscriber-Managed course reviews, (not internal course reviews)
  • To maintain your Master Reviewer status, you will be required to complete the Master Reviewer Re-Certification annually.

QM Designing Your Online Course

The “Designing Your Online Course” workshop will replace the Online Development Course for Armstrong's Online Course Developer Certification. The QM Course includes an overview of the QM Rubric and provides a framework for participants to design an online course plan. An integral element of the workshop is exploration of the eight General Standards of the QM Rubric, focusing on learning objectives and overall course alignment.  Participants will complete a Learning Objectives and Planning Worksheet to design one module of an online course. The worksheet includes course and module learning objectives, assessments that match the learning objectives, instructional materials that support the learning objectives and activities, and tools and media that enhance student interaction with classmates, content, and the instructor. Participants in this workshop need to have an online course to work on throughout the session. 

The DYOC course is a two-week training requiring 8 - 10 hours per week. The $150 course fee will be paid on behalf of full-time faculty asked to develop an online course for Amstrong that requires Online Course Developer Certification. To request this course, use the OBL Professional Development Request Form.

Collaborate Instruction

This faculty development course is taught by the Office of Online and Blended Learning. Participants will learn the principles and techniques of synchronous classroom design, management, and assessment, as well as strengthen their command of the Blackboard Collaborate application. The workshop will include both asynchronous and synchronous activities. After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Select the most appropriate tools and procedures to manage small or large class sizes.
  • Present synchronous content in an engaging, effective, and 508-compliant manner.
  • Design and conduct engaging and effective synchronous learning activities and assessments.
  • Modify default layouts to optimize the synchronous environment for student presentations, guest lectures, and other special activities.
  • Effectively prevent or solve the five most common synchronous class technological difficulties.

To request this course, use the OBL Professional Development Request Form.