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Master Online Leader and Administrator (MOLA) Certificate

The Master Online Leader and Administrator program prepares online leaders, aspiring leaders and administrators to lead online. The certificate is a comprehensive professional development program based on the Hallmarks of Excellence in the Online Leadership from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and provides researched best practices and practical insights from recognized leaders. The courses vary in length from 4 to 8 weeks.

In order to earn the certificate, participants must have completed the required course work and demonstrated knowledge in the following areas related to online teaching and learning:

  • Roles of online leaders as advocates
  • Roles of online leaders as facilitators of change
  • Communications as an online leader
  • Collaboration with internal and external audiences
  • Knowledge of available technologies for faculty and student support
  • Understanding quality assurance as a provider of online learning
  • An Online leader’s role as professionals

Starting the MOLA Program in Fall 2018

Students interested in beginning the MOLA program during Fall 2018 should register for Foundation of Accessibility for Educators or Student Support for Online Leaders. Additional new MOLA courses will be offered each successive term.

Required Courses to Earn this Certificate:   

The projects required to complete each course provide an electronic portfolio that demonstrates knowledge in the areas identified as most important to quality online teaching.

4 Week Courses

  • Internal Advocacy for Online Leaders
  • Foundations of Accessibility for Educators
  • Digital Technology for Online Leaders

8 Week Courses

  • Faculty Support for Online Leaders
  • Quality Assurance for Online Leaders
  • Student Support for Online Leaders
  • External Advocacy and Professionalism for Online Leaders (8-week capstone course)

Course Descriptions

Digital Technology for Online Leaders
4 weeks
The purpose of this course is to explore a variety of the technology tools used to develop current and dependable infrastructures that manage and support online work of students, faculty, and administrators. The main emphasis of this course will be to introduce participants to issues concerning the use of technology and how to enrich the experiences of those using technology to deliver online programs. The economical, technological, and pedagogical pros and cons of technologies will be discussed.
Prerequisite: None
MOLA Certificate Required Course

Faculty Support for Online Leaders
8 weeks
This is an overview for online leaders to learn best practices in the topics of support staff expertise, and personal compensation and recognition. Resources and onboarding for faculty will be discussed. The participants will discuss tools for online faculty development, implementing new technology, and fostering accountability within the framework of current guidelines, regulations, and laws. The participants will learn best practices when communicating to their faculty.
Prerequisite: None
MOLA Certificate Required Course

Foundations of Accessibility for Educators
4 weeks

Foundations of Internal Advocacy for Online Leaders 
4 weeks
The purpose of this course is for the participants to learn how to engage stakeholders through an articulated vision inside their organizations. The students will explore how to advocate for pedagogically driven approaches, establish structures that integrate online learning with the traditional campus, and learn how to establish a mission and vision that support the institution and how to establish a communication plan for internal audiences. 
Prerequisite: None
MOLA Certificate Required Course

Student Support for Online Leaders
8 weeks
This is an overview of approaches to holistically support online students through a high touch/high-tech approach. Participants will learn the scope of online student services and the important of developing effective remotely delivered services to improve student success and retention rates. The participants will learn best practices in early development of online programs, preparing students, ongoing support, and support after graduation or program completion.
Prerequisite: None
MOLA Certificate Required Course

Quality Assurance for Online Leaders
8 weeks
This course will provide an examination of quality assurance strategies and issues in online programs. A review of processes, philosophies, and strategies for building appropriate accountability processes into online learning programs toward the successful accreditation of online degrees and integration of online programs into the mainstream institutional catalog. Participants will examine institutional, state, national, and global policies that demand greater accountability and regulatory compliance.
Prerequisite: None
MOLA Certificate Required Course

Capstone: External Advocacy and Professionalism for Online Leaders
8 weeks
Description
The purpose of this course is to recognize the emerging global, national, and local entity policies and guidelines that push online leaders to be a driving force to external communities as they represent their institution. This course will discuss policy updates, strategies for budgeting and acquisition of resources, becoming the voice to external audiences, and how to be actively engaged within the field of online learning. 
Prerequisite: None
MOLA Certificate Required Course