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Penn State Responds to Surge of Interest in SkillsBased Online Teaching Certificate

Last fall Pennsylvania State University’s World Campus launched a small, free skillsfocused certificate program meant to help 30 graduate students develop online teaching
abilities—but 350 actually showed up, and now the university plans to shake up its professional development to reflect the swell of interest. The new program is designed tightly around what instructors can expect to encounter in a virtual classroom.
Participants might have to show they can effectively record videos, write welcome letters or settle arguments between students on a discussion forum, for example.

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