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December 1, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools

Posted: 10 Dec 2016 12:56 PM PST

EDUC 656 Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools

You Will Learn

  • Practical instructional strategies to prevent bullying and cyberbullying in both face-to-face settings, and when students use text messages, personal websites, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media to harass peers.
  • How to specifically support marginalized groups prone to bullying, including LGBT, learning disabled and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Necessary elements of a comprehensive school bullying policy

This course is a must for new and veteran educators who wish to refresh their knowledge with the latest programs and get new ideas to build positive, safe and respectful school cultures.

Who Should Enroll

  • Elementary classroom teachers
  • Middle school classroom teachers
  • High school classroom teachers
  • Guidance counselors
  • Special education teachers
  • School Library Media Specialist
  • School Psychologists/Social Workers
  • School administrators

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.
You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer to another university.

Description

Issues, educational interventions and instructional strategies for creating a safe learning environment to break the cycle of bullying and cyberbullying.

Textbooks

Purchase the book used or new from online bookstores such as amazon.com.
Colorosa, Barbara (2009). The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School–How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence (Updated Edition). Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0061744600. (paperback).The second text (an e-textbook) will be provided as part of the course tuition after you login to the course.
Hinduja, Sameer, Patchin, Justin W. (2015).  Bullying-Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. 2nd ed. Corwin Press.  ISBN 978-1483349930 (paperback)Additional readings and lectures will be available online within the text of each module.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply key concepts and research of the characteristics and behaviors of bullies and their victims when planning classroom instruction.
  2. Research, analyze and discuss the pros and cons of school climate checklists, surveys, and inventories when assessing safe school environments.
  3. Analyze internal and external factors that affect student safety in a school or district and recommend resources for developing secure learning environments.
  4. Evaluate statistical reports and data analyzing the relationship between bullies, gangs, guns, and violence in schools.
  5. Critique and select appropriate values, moral and character education curriculum.
  6. Evaluate and adapt curricula and programs that help educators promote school-family-community partnerships.
  7. Utilize a wide range of online resources, strategies and educational interventions including learning activities, readings, and programs to promote safe and orderly schools.
  8. Design student learning activities that integrate school safety issues with existing curriculum.
  9. Implement best practices for creating and maintaining safe learning environments.
  10. Design and share a school safety action plan with peer teachers, parents, and local community members.

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI): 4, 5, 7, 10.
Wisconsin Standards for Administrator Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 3

Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.
No travel to campus is required.
Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
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.

Sign Up Soon!

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

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Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin – Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693
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Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 12:11 PM PST

Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in online classes. Creating norms for discussion quality and timing improve the dialog. This also helps the facilitator step back as students learn to deepen their online dialog.

The following quality, timing, and response tips were suggested by my network of e-learning professionals and by the participants in ELearning for Educators, part of the UW-Stout ELearning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

8 Quality and Timing Tips for Online Discussion:

  1. Focus on the prompt; follow the directions in the prompt closely.
  2. Respond to those who respond to you! This is essential!
  3. Avoid short “Me too” or “I agree” posts. Make your posts substantial
  4. Add value to the discussion (see below).
  5. Post early in the week. You’ll get more response and become more engaged in conversation.
  6. Respond throughout the week; you help sustain the dialog.
  7. Avoid doing all of your posting at the end of the week. You miss out on interaction.
  8. Use direct quotations from your text or online source. (Cite the source so your reader can find it.)

8 Value Added Response Techniques:

  1. Ask a specific question (but avoid prompting yes or no answers).
  2. Ask an open ended (on topic) question that invites a response.
  3. Expand on the a specific element of the post.
  4. Provide a teaching story that illustrates the a main idea.
  5. Offer a different perspective on an essential idea in the post.
  6. Provide an online resource relevant to the topic (include a hyperlink).
  7. Describe a method you use in your practice.
  8. Provide a summary of the ideas posted so far (good when you come late to the conversation).
  9. Create a mix of response styles; writing, audio and video keep things interesting.

Please Share tips and techniques you use to improve online discussion!

E-Learning Graduate Certificate

November 25, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Another item on a slow weekend of blogging.

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program


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

Posted: 24 Nov 2017 12:19 PM PST

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

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University of Wisconsin – Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: (530) 318-1145

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

Posted: 24 Nov 2017 12:05 PM PST

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

Interactive Infographic: Finding ELearning Jobs

Posted: 24 Nov 2017 12:22 PM PST

November 24, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program


Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 12:11 PM PST

Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in online classes. Creating norms for discussion quality and timing improve the dialog. This also helps the facilitator step back as students learn to deepen their online dialog.

The following quality, timing, and response tips were suggested by my network of e-learning professionals and by the participants in ELearning for Educators, part of the UW-Stout ELearning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

8 Quality and Timing Tips for Online Discussion:

  1. Focus on the prompt; follow the directions in the prompt closely.
  2. Respond to those who respond to you! This is essential!
  3. Avoid short “Me too” or “I agree” posts. Make your posts substantial
  4. Add value to the discussion (see below).
  5. Post early in the week. You’ll get more response and become more engaged in conversation.
  6. Respond throughout the week; you help sustain the dialog.
  7. Avoid doing all of your posting at the end of the week. You miss out on interaction.
  8. Use direct quotations from your text or online source. (Cite the source so your reader can find it.)

8 Value Added Response Techniques:

  1. Ask a specific question (but avoid prompting yes or no answers).
  2. Ask an open ended (on topic) question that invites a response.
  3. Expand on the a specific element of the post.
  4. Provide a teaching story that illustrates the a main idea.
  5. Offer a different perspective on an essential idea in the post.
  6. Provide an online resource relevant to the topic (include a hyperlink).
  7. Describe a method you use in your practice.
  8. Provide a summary of the ideas posted so far (good when you come late to the conversation).
  9. Create a mix of response styles; writing, audio and video keep things interesting.

Please Share tips and techniques you use to improve online discussion!

October 27, 2017

Register Soon for January Online Courses and Project-based Learning Tips

Note this newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

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In This Issue

January and February Online Classes
Featured Course: Project-based Learning
Using Project-based Learning for Training and in the Classroom
Featured Resource: Making Group Projects Work
Tech Tip: Integrating Technology in Project-based Learning


Editor: Shannnon Mersand

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Register Soon for January and February Online Classes

Featured Online Course

EDUC 651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom
Instructor: Maggie Rouman


What You Will Lear
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  • How to integrate video apps and social media tools to enhance learning
  • Instructional strategies to support project-based learning
  • Implications for classroom management, cooperative learning and peer tutoring
  • Performance-based assessments for project-based learning
 
Our Students Say…

“You have opened my eyes to a whole new way to run my classroom, a better way for the students to learn.”

~ Denise Tufts, Certified Nursing Assistant instructor HS, Greene, Maine

Using Project-based Learning for Training in the Classroom

Check out the best tips and applications for using project-based learning in PK-12, university and business training.
Using Project-based Learning to Upskill Employees
An excellent resource that explains why project based learning is a fit for workplace training.
Project-based Learning – Edutopia
An extensive collection of project-based learning videos, ideas, and articles.

12 Reasons Why Project-based Learning Is Better Than Traditional Classroom Learning
Urvi Bhagi from eLearning Industry offers 12 reasons to give project-based learning a try!

Innovation in Design of Project-based Learning for the K-12 Online Context
The Buck Institute for Education shares a recent study about project-based learning in an online environment.

13 Tips for Students Getting Started with Project-based Learning
Getting Smart created this informative infographic to explain project-based learning.

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Degree Overview and Financial Aid Options


Our Master of Science in Education is a 30-credit master’s degree that features all online courses and offers a flexible curriculum to meet your professional development goals.
Select courses (11 credits) within an interest area, earn a certificate, or mix and match courses from several areas.

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Courses begin in January and February. 

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in a course, email:

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Dates to Remember

Spring Tuition Due Date
February 28, 2018 – 100% Tuition Due

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Integrating Technology in Project-Based Learning

“How does technology change the game in project-based learning?”

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September 12, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

A final item from yesterday’s inbox.

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program


EDUC 761 Online Classroom: Creating Collaborative Communities

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 04:30 AM PDT

Enroll Today

Online Classroom: Creating Collaborative Communities
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