Candidates who complete this four-course graduate certificate will learn how to design, implement and teach online using all of the benefits of today's technologies. Note: Courses must be taken in the order listed. Each course builds on the knowledge of the previous course.
The Certificate in Online Instruction accepts students in the summer and spring semesters.
This course provides an introduction to instructional design and an in-depth exploration and application of web-based and digital resources for learning. The course provides an overview of effective web-based resources, including Web 2.0, evaluation strategies for reviewing digital resources, video, discussion threads, and learning objects. Participants will also consider best-practices in the area of web-based learning environments and develop learning activities and a collection of resources for educational environments. Participants in the "Certificate in Online Instruction" program will develop a simple online course structure that will be developed in future courses.
Master the essential basics of designing and teaching online courses. This fully online course covers both practical and pedagogical aspects of teaching online. As part of this experience, you will use the Blackboard/WebCT course management system to develop a sample course of your own design, including a syllabus, discussions, course content, and other components that are optimized for the online teaching and learning environment. The course will be organized into eight learning modules, each presenting two weeks of content.
Master the essential basics of technologies that are available for the online environment. This online course covers both practical and pedagogical aspects of online technologies. Participants will explore a wide range of online technologies and how they can be used to enhance the online learning environment. Participants will evaluate, select, and integrate technologies into their online course structures.
This final course for the Certificate in Online Instruction program will consist of three major components: completion of the online course (begun in the first class and added to in each successive class), implementation of the course with "student" participants, and final course revisions following student, instructor, and mentor feedback.