UCF Online Teaching Credentials

Required Professional Development

The table below lists the UCF online teaching credentials and the professional development required to earn each credential.

Faculty Qualification Required Professional Development
Asynchronous Design/Teaching (ADT) IDL6543, OFRA, EOT, or DLI78361
Asynchronous Teaching (AT) ADL50002
Video Design/Teaching (VDT) Zoom Essentials, Panopto Essentials, COEV, COBV, IDV or ETV, TLC1, TLCz1, EOT – Video1
Adaptive Design/Teaching (PAL) PAL6000 or PAL5000
Professional Development Mode Description
IDL6543, OFRA, DLI78361, or ADL50002 W – Web-Based
M – Mixed Mode (Flexible or Live)
RS – Limited Attendance (Flexible or Live)

With Panopto Essentials
V – Video (Flexible)
EOT1 W – Web-Based
M – Mixed Mode (Flexible or Live)
RS – Limited Attendance (Flexible or Live)
V – Video (Flexible or Live)
TLC1, TLCz1, EOT – Video1, or ETV (new) V – Video (Flexible or Live)
PAL6000 or PAL5000 Course attribute: PAL

1 Course retired; no longer offered.
2 ADL5000 qualifies only to teach inherited courses designed by IDL6543 credentialed faculty.

Faculty Qualifications

Faculty members who design and teach sections in the W, M, MR, ML, RL, RS, VL, and V modalities, or those with the PAL attribute, receive the support and resources of the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL). Faculty are not permitted to change the modality of a scheduled course without the approval of their academic department.  Faculty are qualified to teach courses in these modalities by earning a credential through the completion of CDL faculty development programs. Qualifying credentials offered by CDL include:

  • Asynchronous Design/Teaching (ADT): This credential permits course design and delivery in the W, M, and CBA’s REAL modalities, and is supported by CDL’s flagship IDL 6543 program or equivalent.
  • Asynchronous Teaching (AT):  This credential permits the delivery of an existing W or M modality course without substantial alterations and is supported by the ADL 5000 program.
  • Video Design/Teaching (VDT):  This credential permits course design and delivery in the synchronous and asynchronous V and RS modalities.  It is supported by CDL’s Effective Teaching with Video (ETV) program and predecessor programs.
  • Adaptive Design/Teaching (PAL): This credential permits course design and delivery using adaptive learning technologies identified by the PAL attribute.  It is supported by the PAL 6000 program or equivalent product training.

About Course Modalities

For an overview of course modalities offered at UCF, including detailed descriptions on in-person, online, and hybrid formats, please visit UCF Course Modalities. This resource is designed to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their course selections.

What Type of Course Can Faculty Teach?

Modality Credentials1 Classroom Scheduling DL Fee Short Modality Description
In Person
N/A Face-to-Face
Classic M (may include video content) >20% classroom
Mixed-Mode 20% Classroom
M but only 20% classroom maximum
Classic W
VDT4 Classroom plus livestream meetings
Livestream, 20% Classroom Attendance
20% classroom maximum plus livestream meetings
Video Content, 20% Classroom Attendance2
20% classroom maximum plus video recordings (REAL5)
Video Livestream
Online livestream meetings
Online Video Content
Online w/video recordings

1 Review the faculty qualifications for a list of credential definitions.
2 Asynchronous Design/Teaching (ADT)
3 Asynchronous Teaching (AT)
4 Video Design/Teaching (VDT)
5 CBA will retain the REAL attribute.

Transitioning to New Modalities

Past Modality & Attributes New Modality New Credential Type1
W W ADT2 or AT3 (IDL, ADL, etc)
M Flex M
RS Flex MR (20% classroom)
RS Flex or REAL RS (lecture capture)5 VDT4 (EOT, TLC etc)
M Live w/video conferencing ML (livestream)
RS Live w/video conferencing RL (livestream)
V Live w/video conferencing VL (livestream)
V Flex w/video recordings V (lecture capture)

1 Review the Distributed Learning Guidelines page for a list of credential definitions.
2 Asynchronous Design/Teaching (ADT)
3 Asynchronous Teaching (AT)
4 Video Design/Teaching (VDT)
5 CBA will retain the REAL attribute.

About our Professional Development Courses


IDL6543 is an award-winning, non-credit course for faculty provided by UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning (CDL). The purpose of this faculty development course is to help you succeed as you develop and deliver your fully online (W) or blended (which includes mixed mode [M], Mixed-Mode 20% Classroom [MR]) courses.


ADL5000 is a non-credit, online course for faculty who want to teach an existing online course. The purpose of ADL5000 is to help familiarize you with the design elements of the course you are inheriting and succeed in the delivery of your course! ADL5000 addresses many (but certainly not all) of the important pedagogical, logistical, and technological issues involved in delivering effective online courses.

Panopto Essentials

Panopto Essentials is training for faculty who would like to incorporate some asynchronous content delivery using the online delivery platform, Panopto. Completing either the online course or live workshop is required for those faculty wishing to use Panopto in their distance-learning courses, with the exception of faculty already credentialed to teach “V” (video) courses. Once completed, Panopto can be used in distance-learning courses for all subsequent semesters. You are welcome to take the course and attend the workshop, but you will only need to complete one.


The Center for Distributed Learning’s newest faculty development program for online courses, PAL6000, is now available to IDL6543 graduates or OFRA-certified instructors who wish to design and facilitate an adaptive course using Realizeit at UCF. PAL6000 is designed to provide information related to pedagogical, logistical and technical aspects of teaching adaptive courses.

Effective Teaching with Video (ETV)

Effective Teaching with Video (ETV) is a self-paced professional development course designed to prepare faculty to deliver a successful, quality video (“V”) course that is grounded in core online learning best practices and research. The program is a UCF prerequisite for delivery of V courses, regardless of the attribute (V-Live or V-Flex) and the use of Panopto video platform.

Essentials of Webcourses@UCF

Essentials of Webcourses@UCF is self-paced, just-in-time online training course for anyone who wishes to learn the tools and functionality of the university’s learning management system (LMS), Canvas by Instructure. This excellent and comprehensive professional development course consists of a series of interactive tutorials on how to use Webcourses@UCF.