Certified Faculty Developer

Certified Faculty Developer (CFD)

March 11th – May 3rd, 2024

About the Online Certified Faculty Developer Course:

Faculty development is a good investment. Faculty development creates income and reduces costs. Professionally trained faculty are able to use their time more effectively, teach hybrid and online courses, as well as face-to-face and are more apt to adjust to new technologies and pedagogical strategies.

In the increasingly competitive environment facing higher education in the years ahead, your institution cannot afford to fall behind in teaching quality.

When you send your faculty developer to become a Certified Faculty Developer, that person improves the professional development of your staff, resulting in an enormous Return on Investment (ROI) for your entire faculty. Faculty development enhances the quality of your entire faculty.

2023 Certified Faculty Developer Brochure

You also receive:

  • The Faculty Development Manual
  • Readings and Study Guide
  • PowerPoint slide shows on faculty development and online teaching topics to present to faculty at your institutions
  • Strategies and techniques not found anywhere else

March 6 – April 28, 2023


Week 1: Practices for the Online and F2F Classroom

Week 2: Understanding Learning Styles

Week 3: Continual Engagement: Fostering Online Discussion

Week 4: Designing Visuals for Deeper Learning

Week 5: Designing Multimedia for e-Learning

Week 6: New eTools for Developing Content Objects

Week 7: Assessment and Retention

Week 8: Designing Hybrid Courses

Week 9: CFD Exam

Why you should participate:

The program is designed for anyone on your faculty or staff who is engaged in faculty development. Whether faculty development is a full-time position, a part-time position or a part of an administrator’s duties, this training and designation is relevant. Deans and other decision makers will also benefit from getting the most advanced, comprehensive and intensive professional development available in faculty development.

The goal of LERN’s Faculty Developer certification is to prepare faculty developers to assist faculty in improving instructional quality at their institutions.

About the Instructors: 

Les Howles is a leading online media expert and is a senior e-learning consultant at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has more than 20 years experience as an instructional design and technology consultant in corporate, government, medical and academic settings.

He works with faculty, researchers, trainers and subject experts to develop instructional programs, multimedia applications and e-learning courses. He has a graduate degree in educational technology from the University of Oregon and undergraduate degrees in education and educational psychology.

Les is a frequent presenter at national, local and regional conferences, as well as a guest speaker at various universities.

Mary I. Dereshiwsky, Ph.D., COI, is a leading authority on online teaching and creator of the concept and practice of ‘continual engagement’ in online teaching. She has taught thousands of faculty about teaching online, has critiqued hundreds of online courses, and heads up the advisory board of the Certified Online Instructor (COI), the leading designation for online faculty in higher education.

Julie Coates is the author of the pioneering book, “Generational Learning Styles” and co-author of the new book, “The Pedagogy of the 21st Century.” She also teaches faculty about generational learning styles in the University of South Dakota graduate program in adult and higher education. She has taught faculty on campus, does consulting with educational institutions, and is a highly sought speaker for conferences and presentations. She is an authority on demographics, gender, the brain, and students with Asperger’s. Her keynote speeches and sessions on trends and generational learning styles have garnered rave reviews and standing-room-only crowds. She has conducted seminars in Australia, Europe, Canada and throughout the United States. Coates has spoken at Radcliffe and has been on PBS television.

William A. Draves is a nationally known authority on teaching online. He is author of “Advanced Teaching Online,” and “How to Teach Adults,” the most popular book on the topic. He has taught more than 8,000 faculties about teaching online. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, NPR and other national media, have interviewed him. He does writing, consulting, speaking and on-site faculty development. He has keynoted conferences and given presentations in Russia, Japan, Australia, Europe, U.K., Mexico, and throughout Canada and the United States.

Registration information:

The registration fee is $995 for the first person. Register a second person from your institution for just $695.

The cost for this online Institute for University of South Dakota Master’s Degree credit is $995.

There Are Six Easy Ways To Register

Register Online by Clicking Here.

Register by Email:

Send your registration information to info@lern.org.

Register by FAX:

Complete the registration form and fax it, toll-free, 24 hours a day, to (888) 234-8633.

Register by Phone:

Have your registration information ready and call Roy at (800) 678-5376. The phones are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday-Friday.

Register by Mail:

Complete the registration form and mail it to:

LERN Registration

P.O. Box 9
River Falls, WI 54022 U.S.A


A purchase order will reserve your place, with payment due at or before the conference. Please fax your registration and PO to us at (888) 234-8633 and we will email you an invoice.