Teaching Certification

Important Update: All adjunct and full-time faculty are required to complete this instructional modality certification, which involves all 7 modules. This self-paced certification course will equip faculty with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively teach remote classes.

Audience: Faculty seeking to get certified to teach a blended, distance learning, and/or online course at APU.

Purpose: Our accreditation stipulates that all faculty must undergo proper training prior to teaching their first blended, distance learning, or online course at APU. To that end, this certification course offers three different modality certifications: Online, Blended, and Distance Learning.

Description: This self-paced certification course orients faculty to APU's philosophy and approach to online, blended, and distance learning pedagogy. Specifically, this course offers technical training on the effective use of Canvas and pedagogical training on integrating the Christian faith and fostering inclusive learning.

Course Modules (estimated time on task): After completing Canvas Essentials 1-3 and Core Concepts (modules #1-4), the modality modules (#5-7) will be unlocked.

  1. Canvas Essentials 1: Overview & Communication (15 minutes)

  2. Canvas Essentials 2: Course Settings & Content Creation (15 minutes)

  3. Canvas Essentials 3: Assessment & Grading (15 minutes)

  4. Core Concepts: Integrating Faith, Fostering Diversity, Netiquette, & Accessibility (15 minutes)

  5. Online Learning: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous & Effective Online Pedagogy (20 minutes)

  6. Blended Learning: Learner Reflection, Learning Control, Social Presence, Collaboration, & Motivation (20 minutes)

  7. Distance Learning: DL Pedagogy, Classroom Technology, Google Meet, & Zoom (20 minutes)

Assessment: Learners must pass a short assessment at the end of each module in order to advance to the next module. Learners with prior Canvas knowledge and instructional modality experience can "fast-track" through this course by clicking through the content of each module and passing a short assessment. A certificate will be issued after the completion of each of the modality module (total of 3 certificates).

Questions: Please contact canvas@apu.edu.

(Self-enrollment instructions - PDF)

Check Your Certification Status

Faculty who were certified to teach in various modalities prior to Canvas will need to renew. If you have taken the previous version of certification courses and have a copy of the Certificate of Completion, you may not need to take this course. If you are not sure that you have been certified previously or do not have a copy of the certificate, check your status here: Modality Approved Faculty.