While completing my OWI-GC, I was encouraged to join the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE) and even attended one of their annual meetings at a Cs. At the meeting I attended, the group discussed developing a certification program and I volunteered to be a part of the development. However, after Cs, I ended up stretched thin, finishing up the OWI-GC and teaching way too many classes; my last semester of OWI-GC, I taught 6 classes at 3 schools; the following semester, I taught 9! (As an adjunct, there’s often two extremes – taking on too much and feeling grossly underpaid and unappreciated or not having a job at all. I suppose I should be thankful that I have work.) So, ultimately, I bowed out of helping develop the course.
Once the Basic OLI Certification Program (OLI-C) was developed and announced, I reached back out to that same colleague who’d offered advice about the OWI-GC – my question was this: Do I need the GSOLE OLI Certificate since I already have the OWI-GC? Essentially, my colleague said while the program may, at least somewhat, repeat what I already know, I’d probably still benefit from staying current on the research and networking with like-minded folks. Plus, it might open doors to more teaching opportunities. Ultimately, I decided to go for it (on my own dime again, of course).
By clicking the respective titles below, you should be able to view my artifacts from the Certification Program.