Instructor Certification Training

The Northeastern University Online Instructor Certification program is a comprehensive approach to providing our faculty who have chosen to teach online the necessary best practices and skills to design and facilitate hybrid and fully online courses for Northeastern University. 


About this training
The Northeastern University Online Instructor Certification program is a comprehensive approach to providing our faculty who have chosen to teach online the necessary best practices and skills to design and facilitate hybrid and fully online courses for Northeastern University.

Northeastern University Online recognizes the importance of creating excellent online instructors, not just high quality online courses, so our program consists of a two-week all-online format featuring instructor-facilitated lessons, collaboration, discussion, and assignments. It takes participants about 6-8 hours per week to complete the materials and assignments in this course. It is an immersive approach to learning how to become a successful online instructor by enabling participants to experience an online course as a student before they ever teach an online course as an instructor at Northeastern University.

Who should complete this training?
This training is for anyone wishing to teach hybrid or online courses for the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University. Whether you are a new or experienced online instructor, this training will be beneficial for you because it familiarizes you with the essential best practices for online design and facilitation, exposes you to the tools and technology available to you to teach high quality and effective online courses at Northeastern University, and it prepares you for the demands and expectations our students have for high quality and effective online teaching and learning.
What to expect
This two-week, immersive approach to online teaching and learning prepares you to design and facilitate your own online course at Northeastern University. In preparation for your course, you work and collaborate with our instructors and your classmates to build the first two weeks of your own online course using your own practice site.You complete individual lessons that inform you about best practices and research-based methods for providing content including learning objectives, readings, multimedia content, instructor perspectives, discussion activities, collaboration exercises, writing assignments, online assessment techniques, and more. You then apply what you learn to your own practice course by completing hands-on assignments and engaging with your classmates in discussions and other collaborative exercises. Essentially, you will participate in and complete this course much in the same way you can expect to design and facilitate your own course when you teach online.
You will need:

  • Basic computing skills.
  • A recent model laptop or personal computer.
  • A broadband internet connection to participate in this certification program.
  • You will need a headset (microphone/headphones) that plugs into your computer to use multimedia and synchronous elements of this course. If you do not have a headset, you can purchase one at any electronics or department store (Best Buy, Target, Radio Shack, etc.) for about $30.

Expect to spend 6-8 hours a week completing the weekly modules in this course.

Training Objectives
In this training, you will have the opportunity to:

Identify instructional strategies appropriate to your course and teaching style in the online environment.
Develop and manage your online, hybrid or blended course using Northeastern University Online’s Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS).

Create a syllabus, and develop essential instructional materials for the first two weeks of your online course.
Participate in mandatory discussion threads and other collaborative activities on e-learning topics for higher education.
Apply Northeastern University Online’s research-based, best practices for online course design, delivery and facilitation within your own practice online course environment.

Demonstrate effective online design, development, facilitation and course management strategies and techniques.

Tools and Techniques
All of the tools used in this training (and more) are available to Northeastern Online instructors. Although you are not required to use them in your own courses, we highly recommend you use this training as an opportunity to try these tools and evaluate how you might use them in your own course(s).
Practice Assignments
You will be asked to complete the assignments located in each week’s Assignments folder. These assignments are designed to give you practice and experience using Blackboard and will not be graded. Your course facilitators will be available if you need help or would like to receive feedback on specific assignments.
Certification Exam
At the end of each week, you will have the opportunity to test your understanding of the material covered in the training by completing an asynchronous online assessment. You must score a cumulative 80% or higher on both weeks to pass this course and obtain certification as a Northeastern University Online instructor. If you don’t pass an exam, you can review the course materials and re-take the exam. You have up to three attempts to pass an exam. Further support for faculty is available if needed.
For more information
Contact Chuck Kilfoye, Senior Director of Distance Learning & Educational Technology, at 617 373 5624 or

Send any questions about registering for upcoming courses to Demet Yener: