Before teaching online, faculty should participate in a formal faculty development program. There are numerous opportunities in this area:
The Sloan Consortium offers numerous online workshops (>70 in 2010) for faculty and staff professional development. Many faculty enroll in Sloan-C's certificate in the area of online teaching.
The University of Illinois offers the Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) faculty development program through the Illinois Online Network.
The University of Illinois at Springfield offers a number of faculty development opportunities in the area of online teaching through OTEL/COLRS and COPE-L.
The University of Illinois at Springfield is the lead institution in the New Century Learning Consortium (NCLC).