Qualifications to Teach Distance Education Courses

It is essential that the faculty who teach distance education courses are proficient in their subject area, skilled with technology, and are also specifically prepared for the unique challenges of teaching in a dynamic online environment.

Effective September 1, 2017 – Instructors who want to design, develop, and deliver an online/hybrid  course must complete IDT G20 or IDT G31.

Instructors who have prior experience teaching an online or hybrid course may request permission to waive this requirement by completing the IDT G20 Waiver Application.

Does G31 still qualify me?

Many faculty have taken IDT G31 – Teaching with Technology in the past and are wondering if it still qualifies them to teach and develop distance education courses. The short answer is yes, it does. However, because G31 was focused on using Blackboard for course design, we strongly recommend that faculty take IDT G20 – Essentials of Distance Education in order to become familiar with using D2L for distance ed courses.

ETC 230 Expiration

ETC 230 hasn’t been offered since early 2009. Since then, the online learning landscape has changed significantly. The Vice President of Academic Affairs and Deans of Instruction have agreed that effective January 1, 2015 – ETC230 will no longer be accepted as a qualifier to teach an online or hybrid course.