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September 28, 2019

Tech Tips: Screencasting And Making Your Face Present – October Online Courses

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Featured Online Certificate

Are you seeking ways to effectively design courses using innovative technology to teach or train online and become a leader in distance learning initiatives?

Elearning and Online Teaching

EDUC 763 Instructional Design for Elearning

Our Students Say:

“”The instructor provided remarkable timely and professional feedback about my interaction and progress in the course.  I felt encouraged and supported the whole way through.

“Her style of using YouTube videos and screencasting for visual instruction was beneficial.”

Tech Tip: How to Make Interactive Videos

Richard Byrne shows a way to add branching and pathways to your screencasts using Thinglink.

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October 9, 2019 – 100% Tuition Due

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Screencasting – Making Your Face Present

Screencasting in the Classroom
Kathy Schrock provides rubrics, example screencasts, and long lists of screencasting tools organized by computer types and OS. We highly recommend this is an excellent place to start your search for all things screencasting.

This highly regarded tool runs on Mac and Windows computers. If added to the Chrome browser as an extension, it allows saving videos directly to Google Drive. Offers free, deluxe, and premier levels with a wide array of tools. Also has a new IOS App for mobile recording.

Considered by many to be the best Chrome screencasting extension, Screencastify offers a free Lite version and a modestly priced ($2/month) Premium account. Combine your webcam feed into your screencast. Tab, whole screen, or webcam video can be autosaved to Google Drive or uploaded to YouTube.

How to Make a Screencast: Tips and Tricks 
Helen Colman’s article walks you through screencast scripting and recording. Included is expert advice on choosing a microphone, setting up a basic studio, eliminating distracting elements — solid advice for anyone looking to create more professional videos.

10 Ways to use Screencasting for Formative Assessment
Vicky Davis shares classroom smart ways for teachers and students to use screencasting software and includes an overview video for Screencastify.

Using Screencasts for Formative and Summative Assessment 
A writing teacher Megan Von Bergen (a graduate of our E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program) explains how screencasting enables her to coach students through the writing process.

For summative evaluation, “The ability to visually match a student’s paper with the rubric and to explain my reasoning for a grade is especially valuable.”

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September 18, 2019

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Note this item from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

E-Jobs – Can you show what you know?

Posted: 17 Sep 2019 10:43 AM PDT

I was recently asked by a prospective student about the job market for online teachers and Instructional designers.

At UW-Stout Online Professional Development, our students seek to enhance their current careers or prepare for a new career by developing marketable skills in online teaching, training, or instructional design.

Many of our students are veteran teachers seeking a new way to use hard won experience.  We also have nurse educators, corporate trainers, content creators, instructional technologists, and project managers earning these Graduate Certificates.

Are you thinking about it?  If so, I HAVE to ask
Can you show what you know? 
  • Do you have an E-Portfolio?
  • Have you taught or written online courses?
  • Do you have graduate certificates or degrees to prove academic subject matter expertise?
  • Have you adapted traditional curriculum to online delivery formats?
  • Have you worked in a blended teaching environment?
  • Do you have micro-credentials or work experience using an LMS, or advanced instructional design software?
We can help you answer yes to these questions. 

So much depends on your subject matter expertise, technical skills, teaching experience and entrepreneurial drive.
Our E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate  and our Instructional Design Certificate are jobs oriented.  We help you know more and show more in the competitive market place.
Both programs provide hands on experience and flexible projects that apply to your current working situations.

Both programs help you create a professional portfolio.

Jobs Resources we provide for our students:
  • Our LinkedIn group of more than 1000 online teachers and instructional designers is active. All students are encouraged to join. I regularly post job leads to the group.
  • All registered students get professional subscription to LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • The network of peers you develop when you go through our program is the foundation for a personal learning and working network. The people you go to school with can become an important personal learning network.
  • Finally, our career center sites help you understand the dynamic employment situation for those trained to work at a distance.

These sites are open to all:

  • E-Learning and Online Teaching Career Center
  • Instructional Design Career Center
Questions? Concerns? Feel free to contact me:

Associate Lecturer
Certificate Advisor
Online Professional Development

530.318.1145 cell (Pacific Time)

415 10th Ave. E. 1169 Heritage Hall
Menomonie, WI 54751

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E-Learning Graduate Certificate

August 29, 2019

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

See this newsletter from the folks at UW-Stout.

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Syllabi for E-Learning Certificate – Take a look at what you’re getting into!

Posted: 28 Aug 2019 10:31 AM PDT

UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate

See the Syllabi!

• EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators

• EDUC 761 Collaborative Communities in E-learning – Online Teaching/Facilitation

• EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning

• EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-learning

• EDUC 764 E-learning Practicum

August 18, 2019

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Another item from the UW-Stout folks.

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Last chance to enroll. EDUC 763 Instructional Design for Online Learning

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 12:15 PM PST

Instructional Design for Online Learning - Online course

Enroll Now:  EDUC 763 Instructional Design for Online Learning

For new online instructors seeking training in online instructional strategies and taught by Dr. Susan Manning, a national award winning online instructor. Training begins August 28th.

Course Description

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 blended 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.
This course focuses on instructor-led and facilitated methods more than self-paced/ computer-based training.

You will

  • Write measurable instructional objectives.
  • Generate assessment ideas for online or blended course.
  • Select tools and strategies that support engagement.
  • Apply principles of brain processing.
  • Evaluate best practices in design.
  • Incorporate universal design and accessibility principles.
  • Design with Horton’s three types of activities: absorb, do, connect.
  • Design conceptually powerful curriculum materials.

Elearning and Online Teaching Career Center – Learn More

Posted: 14 Aug 2017 09:55 AM PDT

Learn What It Takes

To Find Online Teaching Jobs

Creating Collaborative Communities in ELearning – EDUC 761

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 11:42 AM PST

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Maryruth Hicks 

Summer: June 26 – August 18, 2017

  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
  • There is no registration fee and no program application.
  • E-textbook provided at no additional cost.
  • Includes full access to self-paced video tutorials to help develop course management and other technology skills.

You Will

  • Design orientation activities for the first week in an online course.
  • Manage electronic communications.
  • Recognize characteristics of strong and weak discussion facilitation.
  • Apply facilitation techniques to deepen critical thinking.
  • Analyze, assess, and encourage learner participation in online discussions.
  • Demonstrate collaboration in online environments.
  • Analyze how Web 2.0 “tools” build online and blended community.
  • Represent your understanding of collaborative communities in your professional e-portfolio.


Concepts, methods, and research for creating and facilitating a collaborative online community of practice.

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
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 the introductory course in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate.
The course 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 is one required live chat session in Week 7. Participants will determine a time that is convenient for all.
This class is essential for those who are interested in a career as an online instructor.
This is not a self-paced course.


An e-textbook 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.
Lehmann, Kay and Lisa Chamberlin (2009). Making the Move to eLearning: Putting Your Course Online. Rowman & Littlefield Education Publishers. (Paperback) ISBN-13: 978-1-60709-041-0.
If you prefer to read a paperback textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from 
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. Develop a personal philosophy that reflects learning theory and guides online instruction that creates an environment for reflection, critical thinking, and collaboration.
  2. Analyze the role of the online facilitator and develop strategies to implement, encourage and manage interaction in the online classroom.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate planning considerations, guidelines and procedures to establish a productive, engaging e-learning environment.
  4. Frame critical thinking questions and design discussion prompts that lead to effective learning in the online classroom.
  5. Apply understanding of learner differences when facilitating an online community of practice.
  6. Evaluate application ideas for online discussions using recognized criteria and professional references and apply current research about successful teaching strategies to guide students before, during and after case scenarios, brainstorming, role playing and reaction postings.
  7. Develop a facilitation eportfolio of useful tools, tips, and facilitation techniques as well as the beginnings of 70-30 course preparation developed during the course.

Alignment with Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards, (NETS-T) III, VI
No travel to campus is required. You may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule.


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