Continuing the Certificate Series, where I have been describing and discussing each of the certificates in online teaching that are focused on the K-12 environment. The sixth one I wanted to discuss was the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
In somewhat a unique fashion, the Stout program does not have a specific K-12 focus but does contain a fair amount of K-12 content (as opposed to other certificates that have strict K-12 focus or a K-12 track). Students can apply the credits earned as a part of their Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate towards a Master’s of Science degree.
The program itself contains five courses (including the practicum course):
EDUC 760: E-Learning for Educators (3 credit hours)
Historical background and current trends in online learning. Concepts and foundations of evidence-based practices for successful teaching online. E-Learning theory, principles, learning management systems, and web-based technology tools.
EDUC 762: Assessment in E-Learning (3 credit hours)
Performance-based assessment, summative and formative feedback methods to assess student learning in the online classroom. Explore how to use voice and video technology options to assist with time saving grading procedures while increasing the amount of feedback, prevention of plagiarism in the digital environment, strategies for assessing online discussion postings and replies, using blogs and wikis as evidence of learning, evaluating group assignments in an online setting, polling and opinion gathering via laptop, iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and smartphones, and evaluating eportfolios. Become familiar with assessment strategies that could make or break your online course.
EDUC 763: Instructional Design for E-Learning (3 credit hours)
Learn how to create online courses that work efficiently. By understanding how people learn and how to design the experience conceptually and aesthetically, you can shape an effective and engaging learning experience. The course also addresses hybrid learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous concerns, the use of a variety of media such as video and audio along with accessibility concerns, and effective evaluation of online course design.
EDUC 761 – Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning (3 credit hours)
Concepts, methods and research for creating and facilitating a collaborative online community of practice. This course is about facilitating and building an e-learning community and is designed for educators, technical college and community college instructors, university instructors, curriculum consultants, and corporate trainers who want to become highly qualified in facilitating online learning in hybrid or fully online courses. Improve your time/workload management techniques including organization of email, class environment and time-saving strategies for working with difficult students in the online classroom. Course activities include hands-on practice using asynchronous communication technologies. You will actively facilitate and explore questioning skills, conflict resolution, netiquette, and collaborative learning through problem solving scenarios, simulations, and online discussions. You will investigate time management strategies and pitfalls to avoid when designing and facilitating online class activities and explore various assessment tools to analyze and evaluate student participation in online discussions.
EDUC 764: E-Learning Practicum (3 credit hours)
Practicum in teaching online with a cooperating online instructor. Application of online pedagogy and technology evaluated through observation, discussion and reflections.
This course culminates your preparation as an e-learning professional. You will finalize your professional e-portfolio as a career building demonstration of your online teaching skills and abilities. During the practicum you will teach online with a cooperating instructor gaining valuable real world online teaching experience. A customized internship is available for those already teaching online. Successful completion of the practicum earns the E-Learning Certificate.
There is no information on the website about what K-12 online learning organizations (or even if there are specific K-12 online learning programs) that students can complete their practicum through.
I know that one of the instructors in this program is an active member of iNACOL and a reader of this blog, so I’m sure if you have questions you can leave them in the comments section and he’ll respond.