The leading designation for online faculty in higher education.
About the COI Online Course:
Faculty professional development is one of the top issues right now with teaching online and hybrid classes. This course gives your faculty a competitive edge and helps to meet the new demands of the Internet generation. COIs model best practices, train other faculty and provide valuable input on your decision-making.
Unique benefits:

  • Your instructors are the foremost authorities in online learning
  • You get your own online course personally critiqued
  • Your students provide feedback and comments
  • You earn the right to have the initials COI after your name

Participants average six months to complete the COI but it can be finished in as few as three months. You have up to two years to complete the program.
Why you should participate:
Anyone teaching online should participate. The designation is relevant for faculty teaching totally online, and faculty teaching hybrid or blended courses. The COI designation was created for faculty in higher education, but other teachers are eligible for the program as well.
You can demonstrate to others in your institution that your knowledge about online teaching is benchmarked with a standard of achievement developed by the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. Perhaps the biggest reward is the satisfaction of having achieved this level of knowledge skills.
About the Instructors: 
Dr. Rita-Marie Conrad is an online faculty member for the Master’s degree program in Instructional Systems Design with a major in Open and Distance Learning at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.
Dr. Mary Dereshiwsky is an expert in online teaching and creator of the online teaching technique “continuous engagement.” She is a professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she teaches graduate courses online. She has taught other instructors how to teach online for more than five years.
William A. Draves is one of the foremost authorities in lifelong and online learning. He is a consultant, teacher, author, and President of LERN.  His books include “Learning OntheNet,” “Teaching Online,” and “How to Teach Adults.”
Registration information:
The cost is just $795 including the three online courses, textbooks, exam, course critique, medal, plaque and press release. If you have 10 or more faculty members register for this course, a group rate is available. Email Tammy Peterson at for more information.
The next offerings are:
Advanced Teaching Online
September 8 – October 2
February 1 – 26, 2016
April 4 – 29, 2016
June 6 – July 1, 2016
In the 21st century, half of all learning will be online. The opportunities are tremendous for teaching online. Discover how to plan, develop and teach an online course. Take home a ten step model for developing your online course. Experience one of the most advanced online classrooms for teachers. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows. Find out how self quizzes enhance learning.
See an animation, drop-and-drop exercise, and dynamite welcome pages. Engage in online discussion with other teachers. An instructor’s book, Advanced Teaching Online, is included.
Online, $195 includes book; William A. Draves and Dr. Mary Dereshiwsky, instructors.
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Designing Online Instruction
October 5 – 16, 2015
February 1 – 12, 2016
May 9 – 20, 2016
Learn about the online instructional environment, envisioning your online course, developing a web course, phases of design and development, design guidelines, and more.
Discover the principles behind the adoption of technology innovation and the nature of the online learning environment. Then get tips for planning your online course, identifying resources and design guidelines.
Discuss the phases of design and development and models, motivating student-student interaction, and managing interaction. Get the latest information on copyright issues, assessment and evaluation.
Your instructor is co-author of the book The Online Teaching Survival Guide.
Online, $195, includes book; Dr. Rita Marie Conrad, instructor.
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Fostering Online Discussion
November 2 – 27, 2015
March 7 – April 1, 2016
July 5 – 29, 2016
Being engaged with your online learners throughout the course is one of the three biggest weaknesses of online teachers. It is also one of the three biggest ways to take your online course to the next level, making it a superior learning experience for your learners.
Come experience how to do it from the creator of the concept and practice of ‘continual engagement’ in teaching.  Discover how to build student success through your interaction, how to give online learners feedback, communicating with them about everything from subject matter to delicate issues to grading.
You will come away with advanced, practical, how-to tips from one of the foremost authorities on fostering online discussion. And you will see how your instructor models great interaction and engagement in the online environment.
Online, $195, includes book; Mary Dereshiwsky, COI, instructor

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