Digital Learning Certificate Program

An extension of the Distance Education Mentoring Program, The Digital Learning Faculty Certificate program was developed to ensure the academic integrity of distance education and to match the conditions of learning with technology used to deliver the course.

The Program at a Glance

Participants will explore topics including:

  • Instructional Design Best Practices
  • Effective Technology Integration
  • Multimedia to Enhance Student Learning
  • Principles of Online Instruction
  • Engaging Student Activities
  • Meaningful Assessment Strategies
  • Effective and Efficient Facilitation
  • Instructional Software Tools

Program Progression

  • In spring or summer semester, develop a technology-enhanced, hybrid or online course
  • Paired with mentor with knowledge and experience related to distance education and technology integration
  • Attend workshops and mentor meetings
  • Participate in online course
  • Teach course next time it can be offered
  • Mentors and Learning Technologies staff review courses and provide suggestions for improvement
  • Participants have access to mentors and Learning Technologies staff for assistance
  • Mentor team reviews courses and assesses relative to QM rubric
  • Courses can pass, pass conditionally or require further review
  • Participants whose courses successfully pass the QM rubric are recognized with a certificate and become certified Digital Learning Faculty


The Digital Learning Faculty Certificate program is funded by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, with support from the Quality of Distance Learning Task Force, the Distance Education/Digital Learning Mentoring team and the Office of Instructional Technology.

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Emily Hixon

Emily Hixon, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Faculty Excellence Professor of Education

Emily Hixon is the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence and a Professor of Education. She works with faculty to improve their teaching, excel in scholarship, and develop as professionals.

(219) 989-2150