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LOTI Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is LOTI?
A: LOTI is the Longwood Online Technology Institute. The purpose of LOTI is to help train and support faculty who wish to teach in online and hybrid formats. LOTI is now comprised of two parts, online teaching certification and instructional technology electives.
Q: How do I get training to teach online or hybrid for Longwood?
A: All full time and adjunct faculty must complete online teaching certification to be able to teach online or hybrid classes. Certification is comprised of 2 training classes (Blackboard Proficiency and Course Design and Pedagogy), a shadow learning experience, and an informal review of your class when it is first taught. Once you have completed the 2 training classes, you are eligible to begin teaching online. You must complete all of the steps to receive your online teaching certificate.
Q: Do I receive a stipend for participating in the training?
A: Yes, a $500 stipend is paid to participants once they complete the training classes and the shadowing experience.
Q: I've taught online before for another institution. Do I still need to complete the LOTI online teaching certification?
A: For those who have previously taught online, we offer a test out option for the Blackboard Proficiency training. If you pass the test out option, you will only need to complete the Course Design and Pedagogy training class, the shadowing experience, and the informal course review to receive certification. The course design training and course review are based on the Quality Matters rubric. Thus, it is important that all faculty who wish to teach online or hybrid receive this training and have their course reviewed so that we can benchmark our online and hybrid courses and meet our accreditation requirements.
Q: I've taken a previous version of LOTI training. Am I still eligible to take the training and receive a stipend?
A: Any faculty who wishes to take the new LOTI training may do so and receive the $500 stipend. Previous LOTI participants will not be required to take the Blackboard Proficiency training class, but will need to complete the Course Design and Pedagogy class and the shadowing experience to receive the stipend. To receive the online teaching certificate, the class you design must be informally reviewed using the Quality Matters rubric.
Q: When are the certification trainings offered?
A: Trainings will be offered every fall, spring, and summer. You may complete the entire training in one semester or take up to a year to complete the training depending on your schedule and the semester in which you plan to teach your online or hybrid course.