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What is OTPP?

The Online Teaching Preparation Program (OTPP) is designed to immerse new and experienced online instructors in a fully online, humanized, connected learning experience.


After completing OTPP, faculty are prepared to design and facilitate engaging online courses enhanced with human presence, as well as dynamic student-student and faculty-student interactions. OTPP is aligned with the CI Quality in Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) rubric.

Your Commitment

Spring 2017 participants will agree to:

  • Be available to spend 10-hours per week on online course work during the program dates March 1-14 and from
    March 29-April 25 (there will be no commitment between March 15-28, which includes spring break).
  • Complete required assignments asynchronously (on your own time), but due to the community-based nature of online learning, there will be staggered due dates throughout each week.
  • Develop an e-portfolio demonstrating chosen aspects of your online course that align with the QOLT rubric. Full details about the ePortfolio are available here.
  • Support peers and peer learning through the process.
  • Be open to learning and trying new digital tools.
  • Be ready to have fun engaging in discussions, exploring new approaches, and working together with technology.

The Curriculum

This is a 6-week, online program that is designed into three, 2-week modules. Click the buttons below to review details about each module.


MODULE 1: March 1-14
Humanizing Online Learning


OTPP will break from March 15-28 (which includes spring break).


MODULE 2: March 29-April 11
How to Design Your Online Course


MODULE 3: April 12-25
Designing Engaging Online Activities



Apply Now!

Participants will receive $1,000 upon completing the 6-week program and submitting their e-portfolio.


All teaching faculty (tenure track & lecturers) are invited to apply.


There are ten openings for the spring 2017 OTPP cohort. If more than ten faculty apply, an effort will be made to select an interdisciplinary cohort made up of tenure track, full time and part time lecturers. If necessary, we will also speak to chairs as needed to select courses that reach a significant number of students.


Submissions received after February 1, 2017 will be placed on the interest list for Fall 2017.


Click here to Apply

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