USAonline Fundamentals

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Learn the Basics of USAonline!

USAonline Fundamentals is USA’s basic, four-part certification program that represents the minimum competencies* required for using USAonline effectively for courses and collaborative projects.  The four parts cover the following topics:

  • Part 1: Getting Started in USAonline
  • Part 2: Tests and Quizzes and Forums
  • Part 3: Assignments and Lessons Builder
  • Part 4: Gradebook and Importing Sites 

LMS Certification Requirements

All full-time faculty are required to be certified in all four parts of USAonline Fundamentals. Part-time faculty who teach online or blended courses at USA are also required to be certified in all four parts. Part-time faculty members who teach only web-enhanced courses must complete at least Part 1. The University Policy for LMS Certification of Faculty Members is located on the Academic Affairs web site. 

get certified

  1. on-campus training workshops 
  2. online training modules
  3. evidence of the existing competency

*The competencies for each part of USAonline Fundamentals can be seen here.

Information about each of the 3 options to earn certification is detailed below. 

on campus

View our list of workshops here to register for an upcoming workshop!

online course

USAonline Fundamentals is available online!  You can receive certification for all four parts through our online certification program.  Each module is designed to take about two hours. 

To register for USAonline Fundamentals Online, click here.  You will receive an email within two business days informing you how to access the course.

do it yourself

To achieve certification for individual parts or all parts of USAonline Fundamentals without attending on-campus workshops or the USAonline Fundamentals online training modules, individuals should create a course or project site in USAonline that demonstrates the competencies required for each part.  All competencies must be completed to receive certification in each part.

Once you feel you have met the competencies for one or more parts, you can request a Certification Review.