Online Learning & Teaching (COLT)

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The Certificate in Online Learning and Teaching (COLT) is a graduate level program offered fully online requiring completion of 15 credits (5 courses).  Although targeted for Hawaii’s educators, this program will also appeal to online educators throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

The purpose of COLT is to develop competent online instructors and instructional designers. The certificate program provides those who desire to deliver learning materials at a distance with the foundational knowledge and skills required to design, develop, and implement effective materials for online learning. Skills learned include how to design effective instruction for a distance-learning environment, how to evaluate critical issues in distance education, and how to develop distance education materials.  

Throughout this completely online certificate program participants will have numerous opportunities to integrate their professional experiences into their learning, apply their course assignments to their current professional activities, and actively engage with other professionals in the development of these proficiencies. 

Course Delivery

All courses for the COLT program are offered fully online. Courses follow the UHM semester schedule, and are offered in fall, spring and summer semesters. Some courses may require attendance at live online sessions in the evenings from 6-8 PM HST. Students may opt for campus courses for electives but this is not required.

Course Requirements

The COLT Graduate Certificate is comprised of three 3-credit required courses, plus two additional 3-credit elective courses. The five courses are designed to cover a range of competencies to educate candidates in understanding, designing, and delivering online learning.

Required Courses

  • ETEC 612: Introduction to E-Learning (offered summer and additional semesters TBD)
  • ETEC 673: Planning for Technology and Resources (offered fall)
  • ETEC 632: Developing E-Learning Environments (final course - spring)

Elective Courses

Students select two electives with approval by the COLT adviser. The electives may be chosen from among the rich array within the Department's graduate courses. Courses must relate to the overall goals of the certificate but are designed to meet the specific needs and objectives of the individual student. These courses provide more advanced application of the concepts covered in the required courses, and are expected to directly relate to successful completion of the capstone project in ETEC 632.

While there are multiple options, several examples illustrate the possibilities.

For a certificate student working as an instructional designer in a higher education setting

ETEC 622: E-learning Theory and Design
ETEC 654: Programming for Games & Simulations

For a certificate student working as a teacher within a Hawaii e-school setting

ETEC 641: Emerging Technologies for K-12 Teaching
ETEC 662: Assessment and Evaluation in E-learning

For a certificate student working as an educational technology coordinator in a school

ETEC 672: Distance Education Technology
ETEC 674: Instructional Technology Management

For a certificate student seeking a future job in a training setting

ETEC 652B: Authoring E-learning Environments: Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI)
ETEC 692: Practicum in E-learning

Students concurrently enrolled in the ETEC Master's or doctoral program should contact an advisor about transfer credits.

Culminating Project

The Certificate program requires successful completion of a culminating, integrative experience by which students demonstrate mastery of design and implementation. This may be achieved through an internship, project, or electronic portfolio in which a student demonstrates mastery of program objectives, most typically by designing, developing, and evaluating a distance learning environment. This project is completed in the final course, ETEC 632-Developing E-Learning Environments. Students are required to develop a formal presentation for an online international conference, the TCC Worldwide Online Conference, to present the results of the project in a public and professional context. 

Transfer Credits and Waivers

  • Transfer: Credits from previously taken ETEC courses can possibly be transferred before admission as long as these courses are not older than 3 years. Consult the Department if inquiring about transfer credits.
  • Waivers: COLT is administered through Outreach and self-funded. UH faculty/staff waivers are not accepted. For students admitted to COLT, only the introductory course, ETEC 612, may be taken using a waiver.

For more information

See the How to Apply section for additional details or contact the COLT program coordinator, Dr. Mike Menchaca.

Dr. Ari Eichelberger prepares to lecture graduate students

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