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Carolina Online Learning & Teaching (COLT)

Certificate of Completion

Teaching Online, Blended and Hybrid Program

Spring 2021 Cohort  

Program Dates:  Monday, February 1 – Friday, April 30, 2021

The Carolina Online Learning & Teaching (COLT) Certificate of Completion program is an initiative of the Center for Teaching Excellence, developed in partnership with the Office of Distributed Learning and DoIT e-Learning Services. Developed with input and feedback from faculty with distributed learning expertise, COLT is designed to provide faculty with the foundations for teaching either in online, blended or hybrid formats.

Program Overview

The goals of this program are to prepare faculty to teach exemplary online, blended or hybrid courses and to build their capacity in the areas of pedagogy, course design, course development, distributed delivery, and online course administration. By providing a self-paced series of micro-courses with a capstone project in a cohort model, the program is designed to maximize flexibility for participants.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Certificate of Completion program(s), a participant will be able to:

  • Apply learning theories and frameworks to plan online, blended or hybrid courses
  • Develop instructional materials and content
  • Incorporate active learning strategies into online, blended, or hybrid courses
  • Apply best practices for teaching online, blended or hybrid courses
  • Develop an online, blended, or hybrid course

Certificate of Completion (CoC) Format

COLT consists of an introduction/orientation micro-course, a series of four self-paced online micro-courses, and a final capstone project. COLT is presented in a blended format to model a fully distributed learning experience, including asynchronous online learning experiences and synchronous learning community sessions. Each self-paced micro-course should take between 1.5 and 5 hours. The COLT program is cohort-based, and members are provided with a Cohort Leader, an experienced instructional designer who will coach them through the micro-courses and capstone project.


  • Complete five self-paced micro-courses and capstone project micro-course
  • Complete micro-assignments and an individually tailored capstone project
  • Participate in a cohort learning community
  • Reflect on the learning experience and how it applies to the learner


Open to those who teach at UofSC-Columbia or Palmetto College regional campuses.  Priority will be given to those who will be teaching in a distributed learning (online or blended) or hybrid format within the upcoming academic year. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and graduate students are NOT eligible.


Application Deadline:  Friday, January 15, 2021

Carolina Online Teaching & Learning Certificate Online Application


Contact Casey Carroll with any questions about the program,

Foundations of Teaching Online, Blended and Hybrid

Micro-Course Descriptions

COLT 100 is an overview of teaching through online, blended, or hybrid formats at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) Columbia and Palmetto College Regional Campuses. In this overview, we introduce terms, policies, processes, support availability, and other key components for creating and teaching a high-quality course at UofSC. This micro-course also includes an overview of the Carolina Online Learning & Teaching (COLT) Certificate of Completion program and expectations.

This micro-course incorporates the most common pedagogical learning theories, frameworks, and best practices for teaching in an online, blended and hybrid format to provide a research-based foundation to teaching.

In this micro-course, you learn about the processes and techniques to plan your course whether you are teaching in online, blended or hybrid delivery formats. The concept of alignment and curriculum mapping is introduced.

This micro-course addresses course organization and development in the Blackboard Learning Management System, creating recorded and live online class meeting sessions using Collaborate Ultra; accessibility; grading criteria/rubrics; and creating instructional materials/lectures.

In this micro-course, you learn best practices for teaching effectiveness, including developing teaching and social presence, and communication and course management strategies; obtaining and incorporating feedback from students; and utilizing tech support.

While completing the self-paced micro-courses, you will be enrolled in the Capstone Project where you will work with a Capstone Cohort Leader to develop an individualized project based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities from the self-paced courses and participate in a learning community of cohort members. Examples of capstone projects include developing a “DED syllabus;” creating modules in Blackboard; creating a plan for blended or hybrid course schedules and content; or revising existing online tests into authentic assessments. The COLT Learning Community will offer options for monthly meetings and online discussions.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.