Certified Online Instructor COI the leading designation for online faculty in higher education
Certified Online Instructor (COI)
The cost is just $795 including the three online courses, textbooks, exam, course critique, medal,
plaque and press release.
Group Discount
If you have ten or more faculty, a group rate is available. Please email Tammy Peterson at TammyP@lern.org for a group rate.
Just call us at 800-678-5376 or send e-mail to TammyP@lern.org
Certified Online Instructor > COI Information
1. Take our three core oneweek online courses.
2. Teach at least two online courses yourself.
3. Have your online course critiqued.
4. Have your students evaluate your online course.
5. Pass a 50-question knowledge test.
Time to Complete
Participants average six months to complete the COI but it can be finished in as few as three months. You have up to two years to complete the program.

Upon completing the requirements for the Certified Online Instructor designation, you will receive:
- A framed certificate.
- Approval to use the initials COI after your name.
- A letter and/or press release to your institution.
- Listing on our faculty web site.
- A medal with ribbon, suitable for framing.

Who should participate
Any person who is teaching online should participate. The designation is relevant for faculty teaching totally online, and faculty teaching hybrid or blended courses. The COI designation was created for faculty in higher education, but other teachers are eligible for the program as well.
Why you should participate
There are two reasons why you should participate in the COI program:
- Demonstrate your knowledge. You can demonstrate to others in your institution that
your knowledge about online teaching is benchmarked with a standard of achievement
developed by the leading
thinkers and practitioners in the field.
- Document your expertise. Perhaps the biggest reward is the internal satisfaction of
having achieved this level of knowledge skills.
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