Introduction to eLearning: Instructor Certification Training

The Northeastern University Online Instructor Certification training is a comprehensive approach to providing our faculty who are teaching online with the necessary best practices and skills to design and facilitate hybrid, blended, and fully online courses for Northeastern University.

View the syllabus for this course:  Instructor_Training_Syllabus_

About this training

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 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, blended, 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 will familiarize you with the essential best practices for online design and facilitation, expose you to the tools and technology available to you to teach online courses at Northeastern University, and prepare 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. 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, and online assessment techniques. You then apply what you learn to your own practice course by completing hands-on assignments and engaging with your classmates and our instructors 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.

Participants can expect to spend 6-8 hours per week to complete the materials and assignments in this course.

Please note: If you are unable to participate in this course by the end of the first week, you will be dropped from the course and required to take  another session at a later date.

You will need:

  • A recent model laptop or personal computer.
  • A broadband internet connection to participate in this certification program.
  • 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.

Logging in to the training 

To access the course, go to:

  • Use your myNEU user name and password to enter the course.
  • Note: Your NU Online password is the same as your myNEU password. If you do not know your myNEU password, please contact NU Information Services at

At the start date of the training, you’ll see a link to “Introduction to E-Learning Instructor Training” under the My Courses section on the NU Online Campus tab.  You will also see a link to your practice course which you will use to complete the assignments in the training session.

Course development 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 tools and require development of online course materials. Your course facilitators will provide feedback on your completed assignments.


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 (a 20-question quiz). You must score a cumulative 80% or higher on both quizzes to pass this course and obtain certification as a Northeastern University Online instructor.  If you don’t pass a quiz, you can review the course materials and retake it. You have up to three attempts to pass each quiz. Further support for faculty is available if needed.

Getting help

For technical issues or questions about this training course, please contact us by email at

Completing the course & getting certified

You will be notified of the training results and certification by the beginning of the week after the training ends.

Please note: After the course ends, it will still be available to you for 2 years from the date of completion to review.