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Course and Program Certification

Beginning with courses or programs scheduled for delivery in Fall 2019, CETL can certify the quality of online offerings. The certification process uses three sets of scoring criteria:

  1. The Online Learning Consortium’s OSCQR Course Design Review and Administration of Online Programs scorecards.
  2. Student Diversity Readiness Review that gauges how well courses and programs anticipate and respond to racial, gender, age, and socioeconomic diversity.
  3. Career Relevance Review that emphasizes “real-world” relevance and co-curricular connections.

Certified courses and programs earn a digital badge suitable for display on Georgia State University program and course websites, faculty pages, social media and networking sites, and in iCollege and Stacks course environments.

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Key Information

  • Course and program certification applications are accepted year-round.
  • Once a review begins, the course certification process takes up to four weeks. Program reviews may take up to a full term, based on the scope of the review.
  • Review team members will not be associated with the course or program under review.
  • We encourage faculty to review before submitting certification requests.
  • We encourage faculty to adopt CETL’s common online course environment and syllabus template before submitting certification requests.
  • Courses that fall short of certification requirements may be resubmitted for expedited review.
  • CETL recommends a three-year review cycle for all courses.