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OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Workshop

Sandra Coswatte (Online Learning Consortium, USA)
Laurie Hillstock (The University of South Carolina Upstate, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 8:30am
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Plaza Court 1
Session Duration: 
210 Minutes
Workshop Session 1 & 2 (combined)

The OLC Advanced Online Certificate Program helps educators fine tune existing distance learning courses using the OLC Pillars of Quality in Online Education.

Extended Abstract

Jumpstart The Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program

During this onsite, optional pre-conference workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • develop a robust learning community with peers
  • begin to complete some of the program requirements in a supportive, collaborative, hands-on environment

Post-conference, the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program includes a three-week asynchronous foundational course where participants will:

  • complete a course evaluation
  • develop a course revision plan
  • connect with peers for ongoing support

In addition, three follow-up synchronous (live) sessions allow participants to:

  • explore active learning activities and strategies
  • enhance their existing course with multimedia or social media
  • apply common accessibility standards
  • develop specific assessment tools for measuring course learning outcomes
  • align course elements to meet accreditation expectations

The Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program concludes with a final presentation of each participant's revised course for peer review.

*This workshop is only for participants in the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program. It is not open for general conference attendees.

To register for the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program, visit http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/institute/advanced-certificate-program

Lead Presenter
Sandra Coswatte

Sandra Coswatte (Online Learning Consortium, USA)

Sandra Coswatte has worked in higher education over 15 years and currently serves as the Director of the OLC Institute. She has worked with OLC since 2008 in a variety of positions such as workshop facilitation, mentoring, production, and social networking. Former work experience was gained at West Virginia University, Lesley University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, University of Phoenix and Urban College of Boston Sandra has earned a B.A. in psychology and a M.S. in Community Agency Counseling from California University of PA as well as a M.A. in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from West Virginia University.

Laurie Hillstock

Laurie Hillstock (The University of South Carolina Upstate, USA)

Dr. Laurie G. Hillstock has been a faculty member and administrator in higher education for over 15years. Most of her experiences have been in the distance learning arena, focusing on strategic planning (i.e., organizational structure, policy, accreditation, and funding models), faculty and curriculum development, marketing, and student success. She has also taught a number of credit bearing courses in the online, hybrid, and web-enhanced learning environment.

Dr. Hillstock currently serves as the Director of Distance Education at the University of South Carolina - Upstate. She also serves as a mentor for the SLOAN C Certificate program as well as a content developer and workshop facilitator for other SLOAN C workshops.

Dr. Hillstock holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) and M.A. in Human Resource Development from Clemson University. She also holds a B.A. in English (minor: Computer Science) from Converse College.