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Online Instructor Certificate Course (OICC)

Important: The Online Instructor Certificate Course (OICC) is postponed until Spring 2021.

The Online Instructor Certificate Course (OICC), hosted each semester including the summer, is a dynamic, ten-week online course facilitated by Indiana State Online Instructional Designers. The OICC will walk faculty through the requirements, regulations, and best practices of online course design and delivery. Through carefully designed activities and instructional designer support, participants will begin the design of a robust, engaging online course. The OICC focuses on sound, researched-based strategies to enhance the quality of online instruction at Indiana State. Although participants will be exposed to some relevant tools, it is not a course on Blackboard.

The OICC will equip faculty to be exceptional online instructors, but it does take a lot of work. Through a graduate-level course design, it is our goal to provide participants with a rich student experience and varied course content that widens and deepens their understanding of online education. Each week faculty are required to complete readings, view videos, engage in interactive lessons, complete activities, and demonstrate mastery through specific, criteria-based assignments as they develop parts of their online courses. Similar to a 3-credit-hour, intensive course, it typically takes approximately 5-8 hours to complete the assigned tasks each week. Because of the nature of this fast-paced, ten-week course, it is important that participants commit to submitting assignments by posted due dates.

Ultimately, through the OICC, faculty will earn a certificate of completion through Extended Learning (not a formal degree certificate) and gain a comprehensive understanding of best practices related to online teaching and learning. Additionally, participants will begin to build an online course that supports student success. Although they will not have a fully completed online course at the end of the OICC, faculty will have a strong foundation upon which to build the rest of their courses. Furthermore, at the conclusion of the OICC, faculty may continue to work with their personal instructional designer to finalize their course design.

Each week participants will be required to complete asynchronous activities that do not require them to be online at the same time as their instructors and classmates. Additionally, they are required to attend one synchronous session scheduled during the ten-week period.

The application requires a brief survey as well as the faculty member’s Chair and Dean approval. Enrollment is limited. Applications are sent via ISU Today prior to the start of each semester.

Some participants may be eligible for a $2,000 stipend; this stipend is typically awarded to Foundational Studies courses or new online programs and is determined by Extended Learning.

If you have questions regarding this application process, the stipend eligibility, or the course itself, please contact the Distance Learning Director, Samantha Penney (; 812-237-4394).