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TEaching Online Certification course

About the Course

The Teaching Online Certification Course (TOCC) was collaboratively developed and is offered between Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Bloomsburg and California Universities. Successful completion of this course satisfies Article 42 C.2. of the collective bargaining agreement. Faculty who have not taught an online course (80% or more online) before must complete the TOCC training prior to teaching an online course for the first time. This includes faculty who have taught online at other universities.

The TOCC, which is Quality Matters certified, provides a basic foundation in:

  • Creating an effective online course
  • Designing and developing an online course (including design, learning outcomes, instructional strategies)
  • Building community and fostering communication/collaboration
  • Assessment tools in D2L and alternative assessment methods (including feedback and rubrics)
  • Managing and assessing the online course

This 4-week totally online course provides instructors with a student's perspective, guidance on designing an online course, and instructions for using the various D2L tools. This is NOT a self-paced course. Participants will be required to:

  • Read course materials,
  • Participate in discussion boards,
  • Collaborate with colleagues, and
  • Develop content relevant to their own online course

In order to complete the activities and course development exercises, participants must have a course they are scheduled (or planning) to teach online within the next year. Time commitment will be approximately 10 hours/week depending on familiarity with D2L.

The TOCC is offered several times per year.  Registration is announced via Clarion's ALL-L listserv.


Next Session

2021  TOCC Schedule

  • Jan 4-29
  • Apr 5-30
  • May 3-28
  • Aug 2-27
  • Nov 1-30

Contact the Learning Technology Center at ext. 1848. 

callout imageRecertified Nov. 2020

About Quality Matters QM Certification

Quality Matters, a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer-review process that certifies the quality of online courses, has recognized the TOCC for its commitment to quality assurance by designing a course that meets Quality Matters Standards.

Quality Matters has developed a widely respected set of Standards for the design of effective online courses and a rigorous, faculty peer review process for applying these Standards to existing courses. Through this process, reviewers provide instructors and instructional design teams with insights and recommendations that increase learner engagement, retention and satisfaction, and, ultimately, learner achievement.

Last Updated 5/14/21