Teaching Online

Digital Learning, Office of Academic Affairs

This endorsement will help you learn strategies needed to develop high-quality online courses that provide the academic rigor and positive learning environments expected at Ohio State. You will explore learning theory, strategies for online communication (instructor-student and student-student), engagement techniques (instructor-student, student-student, and student-content), and other best practices for teaching online.

Learning Outcomes
  • Investigate learning theory and research that has implications for promoting student success, agency and metacognition in online courses.
  • Demonstrate best practices for setting up an online course for easy student navigation.
  • Develop strategies for creating meaningful instructional, administrative and social presence with students in an online course.
  • Explore tools and methods for efficiently providing rich feedback for student work.
  • Identify elements of course delivery that are especially significant for ensuring quality, rigor and academic integrity in a fully online course. 
Participation Requirements

Complete fifteen hours of training from the program elements below before submitting an application for endorsement.

  • Core (10 hrs): Engaged participation in the instructor moderated online course, Introduction to Teaching Online, is required for endorsement.
  • Electives (5 hrs): Attend five or more hours of any other eligible workshops from Digital Learning in the Office of Academic Affairs. Find a list of eligible electives for this endorsement on our Endorsements for Educators page.

To browse upcoming offerings, visit the learning opportunities feed in the Teaching and Learning Resource Center. Contact the Educator Professional Learning team if you have questions about these offerings or your eligibility to apply for endorsement.

Learn more about all endorsement programs provided by Digital Learning in the Office of Academic Affairs on their Endorsements for Educators page.



The final teaching endorsement application will require you to upload the following:

  • A BuckeyeLearn certificate for Introduction to Teaching Online
  • BuckeyeLearn certificates for each qualifying workshop on online teaching you attended

​​​​​​​View instructions to access BuckeyeLearn certificates here.


Required Hours
Timeline for Completion
1-2 semesters