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
  • Graduate credit is available for COI courses from the University of South Dakota
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.
To complete the LERN COI program, the final step is a 40 question multiple choice exam with one essay question.

The Chair of the LERN Faculty Advisory Board will critique your online class.

CEUs/ILUs: 4.8
Length (in hours): 48
Price in USD $795.00
Price in CAD $995.00

Hear from our past students

This course deepened my understanding of several aspects of on line learning. Thank you for your support, Rita.
- Kathleen Cintavey
(Designing Online Instruction)
Thank you for opening my mind to the possibilities! I will be teaching my first online course in October and was a bit nervous. You have all helped me to understand more and be open to the possibilities. It was great sharing this experience with you! Thanks Bill and Mary for sharing your expertise. I would recommend this course to everyone.
- Phyllis Frederickson
(Advanced Teaching Online)
I learned a lot from this experience and feel that I gained from the class what I had hoped to, a better understanding of online instruction.
- Keith Johnson
(Designing Online Instruction)

Course schedule

Advanced Teaching Online

  • Sep 3 – 28

Designing Online Instruction

  • Jul 1 – 26
  • Oct 7 – Nov 1

Fostering Online Discussion

  • Aug 5 – 30
  • Nov 4 – 29