This course will introduce the emerging pedagogy of online learning to K-12 interested professionals. Students will explore the requirements needed for successful online learning and teaching. After focusing on the unique characteristics of the online learner, students will explore how to create engaging online learning environments. While there will be a significant focus on class design, there will also be references to the developing research about current best practices. Finally, the ethical issues associated with online learning will be considered.
Students will increase technological pedagogical content knowledge to create lessons in various on-line learning environments. Application of digital tools will include, but are not limited, to CMS and LMS strategies and the collaborative web in order to develop learner-centered lessons by using an understanding of differentiation, extension and global awareness for the 21st century. By collaborating with classmates and in other on-line environments, the students will extend their personal learning network beyond the class. Activities are primarily project based and contain some synchronous sessions with large and small groups as scheduled by the facilitator.
Instructional design is a systematic process used to analyze learner needs and then develop, design, and evaluate instructional materials. In this introductory course, students will create a learning unit based on student identified learning goals. Activities are project based along with weekly synchronous sessions scheduled by the facilitator.
Course 1: September - December (8 weeks)Course 3: September - December (15 weeks)Course 4: September - December (7.5 weeks)
Course 1: January - May (8 weeks)Course 2: January - May (12-15 weeks)
Course 1: June - August (8 weeks)Course 2: June - August (12-15 weeks)