Monday, February 5, 2018

Checklist for Online Instructors

Checklist for Online Instructors


This resource offers best practices in online instruction from the online teaching staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stout Online Professional Development Department.

The checklist presents best practices in online teaching. Included are essential ideas for all online instructors during all stages of an online course.
  • What do you do before the class starts?
  • What should be accomplished during the first week of class?
  • What expectations should be met during the class?
  • How do you make the most of your last week of class?
Each stage includes checklists for: 
  • Managerial Expectations
  • Social Expectations
  • Pedagogical / Instructional Design Expectations.
  • Technical Expectations
This resource captures the wisdom of our online teaching team! It was developed to help all new online instructors at University of Wisconsin-Stout as well as the interns in our ELearning Practicum Classes.

This is the talk we walk.  It is important to have a reference we can give to new online instructors. We summarized all of the field smarts developed by our online staff over the years.

We would love to hear more suggestions for online instructor best practices. 

Have you any resources or ideas to share?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Enroll Today! EDUC 661 Advanced Trends and Issues in PK-5 Mathematics Teaching

EDUC 661 Advanced Trends and Issues in PK-5 Mathematics Teaching


EDUC 661 Advanced Trends and Issues in PK-5 Mathematics Teaching

EDUC 661 Advanced Trends and Issues in PK-5 Mathematics Teaching

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit

Instructor: Sara Turansky
If you’re feeling anxious about teaching math, this course will help you develop a math mindset as a teacher and share this enthusiasm and confidence with your students.

You Will Learn

  • instructional strategies to implement the Common Core math standards
  • math interventions to help students who struggle to learn mathematics
  • instructional technology and apps that will have a positive impact on learning.

Course Description

Research, issues and problems related to teaching PK-5 mathematics, including problem-based learning, curricular decision-making, diagnosis and remediation, and building assessment into instruction.

Who Should Enroll

  • Elementary educators
  • Title I math teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Math coaches
  • Mathematics resource teachers
  • Math interventionists
You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for
  • professional development
  • continuing education
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer to another university.
This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Math Specialist Certificate.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

e-Textbooks

E-textbooks will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.
Van de Walle, J., Lovin, L.A. (2014). Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction for Grades Pre-K-2 (Volume I) 2nd Edition. Pearson.ISBN-13: 978-0132824828
Van de Walle, J., Karp, K., Lovin, L., and Bay-Williams, J. (2014). Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction for Grades 3-5 (Volume II) 2nd Edition. Pearson. ISBN-13: 9780132824873
If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from amazon.com or the publisher. Note the ISBN number and edition.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze recent research for improving PK-5 mathematics instruction. 
  2. Design effective standards-based classroom activities for PK-5 students and reflect on student outcomes. 
  3. Analyze the impact of standardized testing on math instruction and develop formative assessments to assess mastery of the same essential math concepts in different ways. 
  4. Apply instructional strategies and appropriate practices for analyzing student work, error patterns and modify lessons based on assessment information. 
  5. Differentiate math instruction to promote mathematics learning among struggling students of a wide range of academic diversity including culturally and linguistically diverse learners and students with exceptionalities. 
  6. Modify lessons infusing a synthesis between problem solving, communication and real-life connections. 
  7. Design math lessons connecting concepts within mathematics to related science, engineering, technology (STEM), and other topics by infusing problem-solving strategies.
  8. Apply technology tools in classroom instruction and connect math activities to everyday experiences. 
  9. Communicate the themes, topics, and issues involved in teaching PK-5 mathematics to appropriate audiences.
  10. Synthesize current research, contemporary theories, teaching strategies, and instructional technology to teach PK-5 mathematics. 

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
  • Wisconsin Teaching Standards (WI DPI) 1, 3, 7, 8, 9
  • Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Common Core State Standards (CCSSO, 2010)
  • Five Strands of Mathematical Proficiency from Adding It Up (NCTM, 2001)
  • National Council Teacher of Mathematics Process Standards (2000) 
  • International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, (NETS-T) V
No travel to campus required. 
You may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. 
All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. 
Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions. This is not a self-paced class.

SIGN UP SOON!

Register online

The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

For More Information

Request Information Online 
Contact Us: School of Education 
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751 
Phone: 715-232-2693
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Enroll Now! EDUC 762 Assessment in Elearning

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit

Starts Soon! 


Assessment of Student Learning in he Online Classroom.

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning

Instructor: Maggie Rouman
Spring: EDUC 762 961 
  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
  • There is no registration fee and no program application.

You will learn how to

  • Design assessment strategies for blended and online courses.
  • Evaluate, select, and manage online assessment tools.
  • Detect, document, and minimize plagiarism in the blended and online classroom.
  • Align Bloom’s taxonomy with learning objectives.
  • Create and use rubrics to define expectations and levels of achievement.
  • Efficiently increase the quality of formative and summative feedback to your students.
  • Use blogs, wikis, and online surveys to assess individual and group activities.
  • Share a professional e-portfolio with artifacts of your learning.

Who Should Enroll

Educators and trainers interested in using blended or fully online delivery for courses or training, or adding web-based components to enhance face-to-face instruction. Participants may include:
  • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full-time)
  • College and university professors (adjunct and full-time)
  • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
  • Clinical healthcare educators involved in patient education, healthcare education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
  • Trainers in corporations, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, government, and military
  • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education and continuing education leaders

Description

Performance-based assessment, summative and formative feedback methods to assess student learning in the online classroom.
Enroll in the course to meet your goals for 
  • professional development
  • continuing education
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits to transfer to another university
  • an elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

Textbook

All readings will be provided online. There is no purchase of a textbook required.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate development and use of academic standards across the curriculum and application of standards and objectives in online classroom assessment and evaluation.
  2. Analyze the assessment process including types of evaluations, the relationship of assessment to learning, institutional and curriculum objectives, online testing, high stakes testing, corporate assessment framework (CAF) and standardized testing.
  3. Apply mapping to align assessment to learning outcomes, develop rubric criteria and select appropriate online assessment.
  4. Apply current research and technology tools to create authentic assessment, discourse analysis, self and peer evaluation, rubrics, online surveys, tests and quizzes for self-paced tutorials.
  5. Value fairness and adapt e-learning assessments appropriately for diverse populations of students, including students with exceptionalities.
  6. Evaluate and utilize appropriate technology tools to support assessment, including blogs, wikis, audio, video, online surveys, and eportfolios.
  7. Demonstrate research-based practices for choosing assessment models and apply plagiarism detection tools and support ethics, community building and team trust that help prevent cheating.
No travel to campus is required.
Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.
This is not a self-paced course.

SIGN UP SOON!

Register online

The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

For More Information...

Request Information Online

Contact Us: Dennis O'Connor, Program Advisor
E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751
Email: oconnord@uwstout.edu Phone: (530) 318-1145

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Monday, December 11, 2017

Teach Online Courses- Launch your career in 2018

elearning for educators
(Flipped Classroom and Online Teaching Training)

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators 
 Instructor: Maggie Rouman
(Flipped Classroom Teaching and Online Training)
Online Course 3 semester credit hours

Learn to:

  • Add online power to traditional instruction/training.
  • Convert a course or workshop for online delivery. 
  • Create and facilitate discussion forums.
  • Design online surveys and quizzes.
  • Build a career advancing e-portfolio. 

You will:

  • Analyze research on using learning management systems for online and blended settings.
  • Create prompts and facilitate discussion forums.
  • Create technology-based assessment.
  • Critically analyze universal design and accessibility research.
  • Create closed caption video.
  • Research, evaluate and curate digital information.
  • Design and publish an electronic portfolio of course artifacts.

Check out our Syllabus

Friday, December 8, 2017

Fast Track - Earn a Certificate in 2018 Register NOW!


Pursue Your New Year's Goals NOW

Learn to teach online courses

Ten Month Fast Track Option


Complete all five courses and receive a graduate certificate in elearning and online teaching.

NOTE: Twelve of the course graduate credits may be applied as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program

Of course it's easy to skip a term or two between courses if that works better than taking the courses back to back.

Learn More Now

    For More Information... Fast Track Plan

    Request Information Online
    Contact Us: School of Education
    Online Professional Development
    University of Wisconsin - Stout
    Menomonie, WI 54751
    Program Advisor, Dennis O'Connor
    Phone: (530) 318-1145

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    10 Month Fast Track to Your Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and online Teaching

    Become an Effective Online Instructor in Just 10 Months - Make it happen!



    Prepare for designing online courses, teaching in blended or online classes or training in elearning settings.

    How long is a course? 

    Each course is 8 weeks. These intensive courses earn 3 Graduate Credits.

    Begin in January and complete the certificate in 10 months.

    EDUC 760 Elearning for Educators 
    EDUC 762 Assessment in Elearning 
    EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-earning 
    EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in Elearning - Online Facilitation 
    EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum

    It's possible to skip a semester or two between courses if that works better for you than taking the courses back to back. Each course is offered three times per year.

    Begin May 2015 and complete the certificate in 10 months.

    EDUC 760 960 E-learning for Educators May 4 - June 26, 2015
    EDUC 762 961 Assessment in E-learning June 29 - August 21, 2015
    EDUC 763 900 Instructional Design for E-Learning August 24 - October 16, 2015
    EDUC 761 900 Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation October 19 - December 11, 2015
    EDUC 764 930 E-Learning Practicum + Internship January 20 - March 27, 2016

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Practicum + Internship
    NOTE: Twelve of the course graduate credits may be applied as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program.

    Tuition

    How much will it cost?

    $441 per semester credit hour.
    Each course earns 3 semester credit hours
    There is no registration fee and no program application.
    E-textbooks are provided free.
    Full Access to Lynda.com training videos
    Full access to Brainfuse personalized tutorials
    Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.

    Registration


    When can I start and how do I register online?

    Register online to reserve your spot now. This program is very popular and courses fill well before the start date. There is no registration fee.
    All courses are offered three times each year (spring, summer and fall).

    Do I need to apply for admission to the university's graduate program?

    No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning a Master's degree program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

    When is the registration deadline?

    Registration is available until each session is filled or five business days before the course begins.


    Courses


    What is the prerequisite?

    Completion of a bachelor's degree

    May I enroll in one course, such as Instructional Design for Elearning, without taking the other courses?

    Yes, many students enroll in a single course and do not take the other courses.


    Find Online Teaching Jobs


    How will a graduate certificate help me?

    Include your graduate certificate courses on your resume and LinkedIn profile as an indication of your commitment to acquiring new skills and extending your knowledge.

    Add our graduate certificate to your existing masters degree to demonstrate subject matter expertise in e-learning.
    Share your certificate projects in an online portfolio showcasing your expertise and competencies.

    "... for students balancing the jobs they must have with the advanced education they desire – a situation faced by most students today – completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."
    ~ The Certificate Solution


    What type of online teaching job opportunities are available?

    The courses are designed for experienced trainers and educators interested in entering the field of online teaching or those who wish to blend web-based instruction into their face-to-face classes. Our students are:
    • Trainers in corporations, nonprofit organizations, business, government, and military
    • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full time)
    • College and university professors (adjunct and full time)
    • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
    • Health educators involved in patient education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
    • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education leaders
    • Continuing education facilitators
    Check out our Elearning Graduate Certificate Magazine - Finding ELearning Jobs.


    Frequently Asked Questions


    Is there an application fee?

    No

    Is the course open to international students?

    Yes, students from 23 different countries have enrolled in this program.

    Will I receive a certificate document to include with my resume?

    Yes, upon completion of all five online courses, you will receive an official certificate from the university, in addition to the 15 graduate credits on your University of Wisconsin-Stout transcript.


    Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

    Yes, you can work online from anywhere in the world. We encourage veterans and military service members working at the graduate level to join our program. UW-Stout was selected as a Military Friendly School, and this honor places us in the top 15 percent of all schools nationwide.


    What are the participation expectations?

    Expectations


    Is financial aid available?

    You may qualify for aid if you are enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Master of Science in Education degree program and enrolled in a minimum of five (5) credits.


    Will this include designing self-paced learning materials?

    For those who seek training in the skills necessary to develop self-paced e-learning products, print materials, computer-based training, orientations and compliance tutorials, project management or redesign of existing curriculum for just-in-time delivery and electronic performance support systems (EPSS) consider our Instructional Design Certificate program.

    Benefits


    • Eight-week intensive online courses
    • Expert facilitation by veteran online instructors
    • Small, highly interactive classes
    • Professional-quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
    • Career mentoring and job placement assistance
    • Highly competitive tuition
    • Credits apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program
    • Accreditation

    For More Information...

    Contact Us:
    Request Information Online
    School of Education
    Online Professional Development
    University of Wisconsin - Stout
    Menomonie, WI 54751
    Phone: (530) 318-1145

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    Monday, December 4, 2017

    Where and How to Find Online Teaching Jobs (Part 1)

    Teaching is the best job in the world. You help people. You spend your work life energy participating in an endlessly fascinating process. You also get paid to learn.

    Online teaching adds geographical independence and a big dose of entrepreneurship to the life of a teacher.  I've found that to be a very good thing.

    As an instructor and program advisor for the University of Wisconsin-Stout's Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program I teach online classes every semester.  Another very important part of my job is helping people find work.

    I try to keep our students informed of new jobs as I find them. However,  every time I search I find thousands of online teaching jobs.  I can't republish them all but I do have an archive of online teaching  e-Jobs on my Scoop.it ELearning page.

    The best thing you can do is learn to search for the e-Job you want.  Let me show you where you can find those job leads for yourself.  (Don't miss the RSS feeds highlighting e-jobs found in the right hand column of this blog.)

    I'm convinced, that at this very moment, the perfect online teaching job is waiting for any talented teacher with the right combination of subject matter skills, elearning training and professional networking.

    The ELearning Employment Triangle

    e-learning employment triangle e-learning opportunities come from your subject matter expertise, 21st century networking skills and e-learning and teaching experience
    The E-Learning Employment Triangle

    With the proper qualifications most work will come through your professional network. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't search directly for work and put together the necessary paperwork to land the online teaching jobs you seek.

    Here are some of the search engines that produce results.  

    • Take the time to set up accounts and upload fresh resumes or CVs.  
    • Be sure your online e-portfolios are polished and ready for a critical eye.  
    • Then start searching!
    LinkedIn Job Search

     
    HigherEd Jobs



    Indeed.com



    SimplyHired.com








    One More Hint:  Jump in the Pool!

    These snapshots represent searches for  recent jobs.  You can also search for all job listings because even if the institution doesn't have a job available right now, you might land one in the future.   Don't underestimate the power of getting your application into the Adjunct hiring pool.

    Read More About Finding ELearning Jobs! 
    Here are more articles about strategies for finding online work, and the kinds of preparation and paperwork you should be working on: 
    1. Where and How to Find ELearning Jobs
    2. Finding ELearning Jobs* This will help you see the big picture! 
    3. Finding Online Teaching Jobs: Are you a Online Teaching, Adjunct Instructor, K-12 Virtual Teacher? 
    4. E-Portfolios for Career Development: It's not just resumes anymore! This is why we require a portfolio based on your course work in the ELearning Certificate Program.
    5. Make Money Teaching Online Dr. Dani Babb helps you build great marketing plan for anyone looking for an academic online career.
    6. Successful Techniques and Proven Strategies for Finding Online Teaching Work
    7. New! Elearning and Online Teaching Career Center