Academic Program Planning

Faculty Resources

An array of useful resources and the ticketing system are available in the New Paltz Knowledge Base.  

What are the new Certification Requirements?

 Foundational Certification (required to teach online, lasts 3 years)

  • Training content (Core DLE/Core Pedagogy, and Core Accessibility) available on demand in D2L Brightspace and remains available for on-going access as needed
  • Review content (Core DLE/Core Pedagogy, and Core Accessibility) at your own pace
  • Score 80% or better on all 3 content area checkpoints (faculty who have already completed Core DLE/Core Pedagogy do not need to retest those two content areas)

 Full Certification (must be achieved within 3 years of attaining Foundational Certification, lasts 4 years)

  • Training content (Core Modalities, Advanced Skills) available in D2L Brightspace upon successful Foundational Certification and remains available for on-going access as needed
  • Review content at your own pace
  • When you feel ready, sign up for one of 4 annual OSCQR course reviews

Recertification (must be achieved every 4 years once you have achieved Full Certification)

  • Recertification content (Tools and Best Practices Update) and skills review quiz available to all certified faculty in D2L Brightspace
  • When you need recertification, score 80% or better or the content/skills checkpoints and sign up for one of 4 annual OSCQR course reviews.

Where can I find the new training and certification? 

  • The training and certification are in Brightspace.  Look for your course “NEW Faculty and Staff Foundational Certification Training”.  

Why did we launch the new training? 

  • New SUNY-wide Brightspace platform means everyone must learn new platform. 
  • Legal requirement to make online content accessible. 
  • More faculty need flexible, on-demand and automated training. 

Why use quiz scores as the measure for Foundational Certification? 

  • To give experienced online educators the opportunity to “test out” of familiar content and to remove wait-times and allow for automated Foundational Certification  

Do Faculty who completed Core DLE and/or Core Pedagogy in 2022 have to re-do the training? 

  • No, but they do still need to complete the new Core Accessibility training (Module 3 in the Foundational Training in Brightspace) 

How much time should it take to do the training and certification? 

  • OIT estimates 2 hours for each module if viewed in their entirety (6 total hours), although experienced online faculty are unlikely to need much time in Modules 2/3 
  • Even highly skilled educators with online experience should expect 2 hours with Module 1 unless they have prior Brightspace experience. 

Who should I reach out to if I have questions?