Training and Certifications

(1) Blackboard Basics:
Blackboard Basics identifies a skill set of 21 items that are essential to adding web-enhanced components to your companion website or to teaching online successfully . Mastery of these skills is demonstrated by completing the BB Basics Tutorials online or in the BB Basics workshop. Contact the Center for Distributed Learning or consult the Professional Development calendar for dates.

BB Basics                    Tutorial / Test-Out


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Certificate of Completion
(BB Basics)

Completion of the BBbasics Tutorial is required in order to successfully add web-enhanced components to your course.



Certificate for Teaching Online

The Certificate for Teaching Online confirms the acquisition of basic skills and competencies necessary for teaching online at FCC. It is awarded upon successful completion of four training segments:

  (1) Blackboard Basics
  (2) Blackboard Advanced
  (3) The Teaching Online Tutorial OR
       Completion of the COTE course
       (preferred in cases where the
       instructor had no prior experience
       in taking an online course).
  (4) Completion of the Mentoring Unit.


(2) Blackboard Advanced:
Blackboard Advanced identifies a skill set of 43 items that are essential to teaching an online or hybrid course. You acquire these skills by attending one of FCC's BB Advanced workshops. Contact the Center for Distributed Learning or visit the Employee Development Calendar to Register.

BB Advanced                Tutorial / Test-Out


(3.a) Teaching Online Tutorial:
Frederick Community College has adopted the standards of Quality Matters to create and monitor the design of its online and hybrid courses. Familiarity with the 43 quality standards is essential to teaching an online or hybrid course. You will be introduced to these skills by scheduling a tutorial with the Center for Distributed Learning.

                   FCC Teaching Online: Manual


(3.b) COTE  
The FCC Certificate for Online Teaching Excellence is awarded after successful completion of a facilitated, fully online, asynchronous training course for faculty who are interested in transitioning to teaching online.
Completion of the course meets the third requirement for FCC's Online Teaching certificate.

Visit the Employee Development Calendar to Register.



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QM Peer Reviewer Certificate:

Quality Matters is the name for a peer review protocol that is designed to assess and improve online and hybrid courses. At the heart of the review protocol is a rubric of 43 quality standards; a team of 3 trained and certified faculty members review one online or hybrid course at a time. Please consider becoming an official Peer Reviewer.

Contact the Center for Distributed Learning for details and sign-up.


(4) Mentoring:
The Distance Learning Mentoring Program is designed to partner an experienced online educator with the instructor who is new to teaching online. The mentor acts as a resource and guide for the instructor on best practices in teaching online at FCC. The mentor signs off on a unit completion questionnaire including a statement that the instructor/mentee is or is not “ready to accept online teaching assignments”.

Contact the Center for Distributed Learning for details.



Page Revision Date 8/11/2017