OCDI - Online Course Development Institute
According to the NEW policy for technology delivered courses and instructor requirements for teaching technology delivered courses at EIU,
"Any instructors of technology delivered courses/sections must submit proof of having completed
**the Online Course Development Institute (OCDI),
**Illinois Online Network's "Master Online Teacher" certificate
**or another documented and equivalent training activity
before teaching the courses/sections for the first time."
(Effective Summer 2013)
Q: How has the policy for teaching technology delivered courses changed?
A: According to the new policy, instructors must submit proof of having completed the OCDI, ION Master Online Teacher program, or equivalent training before teaching a course online. The Online Learning Modules (online videos) are no longer a means for meeting the requirement.
Q: In which semester will faculty be required to meet this requirement?
A: The revised policy is in effect for anyone teaching an online course for the first time during the Summer 2013 term or later.
Q: The policy states "any instructor" must submit proof of having completed the requirement before teaching the courses/sections for the first time. Does this pertain to the course or the instructor?
A: “Any instructor” teaching an online course must complete the training requirements outlined in the policy, regardless of whether or not the course has previously been taught online. Once an instructor has met the training requirements, they do not have to repeat training to teach additional online courses.
Q: If instructors met the requirement in the past by completing the old online learning modules and have been teaching online, do they still have to meet the new requirement?
A: Instructors who met the previous training requirements and have been teaching online are grandfathered under the new requirement and do not have to complete additional training. The revised training requirements only apply to instructors who have not yet taught online.
Q: Who is responsible for verifying that this requirement has been met?
A: Department Chairs are responsible for verifying that instructors teaching any course meet the requirements to teach that course, including the specific requirements for teaching online courses.
The OCDI is a self-directed training series in which the participant completes readings and learning activities in an effort to incorporate best practices in the development of an online course. The instructor must complete activities in all 12 content modules, submit an online course for peer review at the end of the training, and conduct a peer review for another course in order to earn a certificate of completion. The peer review process is only conducted once at the end of each semester.
Content: The training portion of the OCDI consists of twelve online modules.
- Module 1: Getting Started
- Module 2: Instructional Design for Online Courses
- Module 3: Organization and Goals
- Module 4: Assessment of Student Learning
- Module 5: Learning Guides and Activities
- Module 6: Course Content
- Module 7: Best Practices and Online Course Guidelines
- Module 8: Navigation, Web Design, and Accessibility
- Module 9: Communication, Interaction, and Facilitation
- Module 10: Assessment Revisited
- Module 11: Technology Tools and Learner Support
- Module 12: Online Course Submission and Peer Review in Quality Matters
Because the OCDI is self-directed training, registration may occur at any time throughout the year. Self-registration is now available for the OCDI through Desire2Learn.
Desire2Learn is the new learning management system for EIU. Select the links below for D2L training schedule and registration or to access the EIU Online (D2L) login page.
Desire2Learn Training: CATS training schedule and registration for the new LMS.
EIU Online (D2L) login page: Log in to Desire2Learn.
Access information about the CATS supported technologies available for online teaching and learning through the link on the left navigation on this page.
Quality Matters: Peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement of online education.
Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Rubric: ION and the Illinois Virtual Campus have taken the lead in developing a quality online course rubric and evaluation system in the state of Illinois. The goal of this project is to help colleges and universities improve accountability of their online courses.
Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA):
The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) requires Illinois agencies and universities to ensure that their websites, systems and other information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities.
Visual Impairment Simulator for Microsoft Windows®:
VIS is a program that simulates the use of Microsoft Windows with a visual impairment. Users start VIS running, and then operate Microsoft Windows normally as VIS applies a visual impairment to the screen.
HTML Best Practices: The HTML Best Practices are designed to give web developers the markup techniques they need to make web resources functionally accessible to people with disabilities and comply with the Illinois Web Accessibility Standards, Section 508 Information Technology Accessibility Standards and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 accessibility guidelines.