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This certification policy has been replaced with the Ensuring Quality Online Instruction document approved by the Academic Senate on 3/14/2013.

Online Instructor Certification Policy

Instructors assigned to teach fully online classes, including to a lesser degree those teaching in blended classes, will be required to complete the following training:

Phase 1:  Before an instructor is assigned to teach an online class for the first time they must complete training in the following areas three areas:

  • Online teaching and pedagogy
  • Course management system
  • Course material accessibility

Examples of satisfactory training include completion of one of the following:

  • San Diego State University's Educational Technology or similar degree program
  • Completion of the California Community College @One Online Teaching Certification (  The @One certification includes all three elements considered essential preparation for teaching online.
  • Completion of a similar online instructor certification program at another institution
  • Cuyamaca College offered courses
    • ED214 (Online teaching and pedagogy course)
    • Teaching with Blackboard online course (offered via TLC)
    • Additionally, the @ONE course in accessibility

Phase 2:  After an instructor has started teaching an online course, it is strongly recommended that they complete the following:

  • Training in multimedia products pertinent to their proposed course material delivery.
  • Mentoring from an experienced online instructor for at least the first semester and longer if deemed appropriate.
  • Subscribe to the Cuyamaca College Online Blog
  • Continuing professional development in online teaching

Phase 2 training can be accomplished through a variety of means including but not limited to:

  • Presenting or participating in online learning multimedia courses and workshops offered during Cuyamaca College Flex Week.
  • Completion of California Community College @One multimedia courses
  • Participation in conferences, webinars, listservs, forums or workshops related to online teaching.
  • Mentoring new online instructors.

Continuing Evaluation

A critical component of maintaining the quality of online education is continued evaluation.  This doesn't mean a new evaluation system needs to be developed; it simply means that online classes should be evaluated as part of the normal instructor evaluation process.  Online and traditional instruction are dissimilar, they require different skill sets for class preparation and delivery.  If an instructor teaches both online and in the classroom, it is most strongly recommended that both venues be evaluated in a comprehensive instructional evaluation.

Last Updated: 12/11/2017
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