The goal of this course is to provide Educational Service District 171 K-12 teachers with a framework of the skills, strategies, and tools necessary for designing, building, and facilitating a fully online or blended learning experience for students of all levels, identities, backgrounds and beliefs. The course begins with a focus on the shifting mindset, qualities, and skills required of teachers transitioning from a traditional classroom to an online or blended classroom, as well as an exploration of the Digital Divide and its implications and impact on students in this new learning environment.
Teachers will take this foundation through the remainder of the course as they examine strategies and tools for designing the structure, content, assessment strategy, and interactions that make up an effective online or blended classroom. Throughout the course, participants will also be asked to reflect on their prior experience and apply the concepts and skills they learn to improve and adapt current practices for the online and blended learning environments.
As a result of this course, participants will:
Define the roles of the teacher in creating and facilitating an online or blended classroom environment.
Explore the impact of the Digital Divide on student learning and classroom instruction.
Employ effective design models, concepts, strategies, and tools in the creation of an online/blended learning classroom.
Outline a plan for the creation and facilitation of an engaging online/blended learning community.
By the end of this course, learners will:
Develop a working journal of ideas for effectively implementing technology tools in ways that benefit online and blended teaching and learning.
Outline a framework for evaluating tools and strategies in the context of online and blended learning.
Build an online/blended unit in a learning management system that effectively incorporates several technology tools, in a variety of ways, and addresses instructional objectives, student engagement, and the potential impact of the Digital Divide, as well as other common strategies and objectives.
We have partnered with regionally-accredited universities to provide graduate-level professional development credits for our courses. All courses taken for graduate credit receive both a Certificate of Completion and a University Transcript for your records.
Upon completion of your course, email email@example.com to let us know you want university credits and which university you have selected for those credits from our list of regionally-accredited university partners. See University Partners tab.
CE Credits Online will email you instructions on how to pay for the credits.
CE Credits Online will forward all the required documentation to the University you selected.
The University partner will process your course completion and provide a transcript that includes the name of the course, course number, number of credits, and your grade.
You will receive directions on how to receive your transcript in email form, and you can also review the University Partners section of our website for more information.
You must check with your district to ensure the credits received will meet your specific requirements. We will not be held responsible if your school, district or state does not accept the credits issued.
Obtaining Clock Hours
Upon successful completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for your records that will include the name of the course and number of professional development hours completed.
The Certificate of Completion is designed as a record that verifies that a professional development course was taken and passed. This Certificate of Completion is required to obtain your Clock Hours.
Upon receipt of your Certificate of Completion, send a copy of it to Kayla at North Central ESD, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kayla will mark your course as complete.
You will then be able to complete a quick evaluation and purchase your Clock Hours.
Questions? Contact Kayla Langston at 509-667-7115 or email her at email@example.com.