Do faculty who teach online have to be trained first?

Yes.  To be provided with a course shell for building or importing an online course, faculty members must be on the list of individuals who have been trained.  Department heads/chairs may make exceptions to this for individuals who have other appropriate training or experience.  FerrisConnect training is available in an online format, through individualized instruction, and through group training programs.  All are announced regularly.  Contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning for options that fit your schedule.  Some consideration has been given to requiring that Ferris instructors have achieved a Level 4 Certification before they are approved to teach an online course; others reject this notion, because reaching the certification is no guarantee that the pedagogy is being employed.  It is common for universities to require that faculty be trained in the use of the tool and online pedagogy.  Some Colleges are providing peer mentors for new online faculty.  Some universities or colleges are providing coaches for adjunct instructors who teach online.