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Digital Instructor Designation

Digital Instructor Designation

The Digital Instructor Designation is Mercy’s Certification in Online Teaching. The Designation demonstrates having proficiency in multiple areas of online teaching and Blackboard.

The Full-time and adjunct faculty apply to participate in the Digital Instructor Training. When approved by Academic Unit Head and Dean they are provided a course shell and must demonstrate their mastery of BB100-300 Level courses. This normally requires 10 hours of training for those with only basic Blackboard experience.


Adjunct instructors who achieve Mercy College’s “Digital Instructor Designation” are eligible for an increase of $500 for each online course taught in the academic year following certification. In order to maintain the $500 increase, instructors will be required to complete 2 hours of additional Bb or QM training each Academic Year.


Full-time instructors don’t get a monetary compensation. Full-time and adjunct faculty members who successfully complete the Digital Instructor program described below will be awarded Mercy College’s designation as a Digital Instructor and displayed on the Mercy College Website. For Full-time Faculty, this designation may serve as a teaching recognition when preparing their Annual Summary Activity Report.