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Instructional Modality Certification is a Course

Instructional Modality Certification

Started Jun 1, 2020


Full course description

Important Update: Given APU's pivot to remote instruction, all full-time faculty should complete this instructional modality certification. This self-paced certification course will equip faculty with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively teach remote classes.

Audience: Faculty seeking to get certified to teach a blended, distance learning, and/or online course at APU.

Purpose: Our accreditation stipulates that all faculty must undergo proper training prior to teaching their first blended, distance learning, or online course at APU. To that end, this certification course offers three different modality certifications: Online, Blended, and Distance Learning.

Description: This self-paced certification course orients faculty to APU's philosophy and approach to online, blended, and distance learning pedagogy. Specifically, this course offers technical training on the effective use of Canvas and pedagogical training on integrating the Christian faith and fostering inclusive learning.

Course Outline: All faculty will need to complete the following modules: Canvas Essentials 1-3 and Core Concepts. In addition, the faculty will complete the appropriate modality module (online, blended, and/or distance learning). For example, if a faculty wants to get certified only in teaching online, he/she will complete Canvas Essentials 1-3, Core Concepts, and the Online Learning module.

Course Modules (estimated time on task)

  1. Canvas Essentials 1: Overview & Communication (15 minutes)
  2. Canvas Essentials 2: Course & Content (15 minutes)
  3. Canvas Essentials 3: Assessment & Grading (15 minutes)
  4. Core Concepts (15 minutes)
  5. Online Learning (20 minutes)
  6. Blended Learning (20 minutes)
  7. Distance Learning (20 minutes)

Assessment: Learners must pass a short assessment at the end of each module in order to advance to the next module. Learners with prior knowledge and experience can go directly to the assessment portion. Upon successful completion of the required modules, a certificate for that modality will be issued. 

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