Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2011 Courses: UW-Stout Online Professional Development

This e-newsletter is a repost of a publication brought to you by University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Education Online Professional Development.

FINAL CALL: Search/Browse List of Online Courses Beginning in January
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/courses.cfm

Earn graduate credits that support your continuing education and professional development goals for license renewal and advanced certification. No travel to campus required.

Register Online Today
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.cfm
Payment plan available; no payment is due at time of registration.

WHAT’S NEW - STEM
This course supports efforts to implement standards-based STEM curricula and focuses on
designing or redesigning current educational curricula and courses using core  STEM components and instructional strategies such as modeling, inquiry, habits  of mind, and problem solving.

Foundations, curriculum, and instruction for introducing engineering principles and practices into elementary and secondary science, mathematics, and technology classrooms.

LEARN HOW TO TEACH ONLINE

E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearningcertificate.cfm



EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning

READING TEACHER CERTIFICATION (WI 316)

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

EDUC 744 925 Bullying in Schools
EDUC 744 962 Poverty in Schools
EDUC 744 920 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits - Elementary (Gr. K-4)or EDUC 744 909 Middle School - Adult

HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES


TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
EDUC 744 969 mLearning: Using Mobile Technologies to Enhance Learning (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and smartphones)




For more information contact:
Joan Vandervelde
vanderveldej@uwstout.edu
Online Professional Development
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Telephone 715-642-0209
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev
 

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Last Call for the Fall 2010! E-Learning For Educators

ONLINE COURSE EDUC 760  3 semester hours graduate credit

Instructors: Sara Turansky and Becky Mather

Explore online and blended applications for e-learning using an open source learning management system, Moodle, and the D2L learning management system. You will have the opportunity to create your course content with Moodle, an inexpensive way for educators to create an effective online course.

Activities include hands-on experience with Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis and podcasts as well as search tools, surveys, quizzes, and discussion systems.

This course prepares learners to lead and manage instructional challenges in a variety of online settings in educational institutions, corporations, the military, health care and government agencies. The emphasis is on what you can use right now in your teaching or training.

This course introduces educators to the hands on realities of teaching online. Using Moodle and D2L teach and learn as both a student and an instructor.  Discover e-learning best practices and create discussion forums, online surveys, quizzes and e-portfolios.

EDUC 760-900 September 27 - November 19, 2010

EDUC 760-902 September 20 - November 12, 2010

Course Info
 
What students are saying:

"It was a great first experience with online learning!  I would, I have, and I will, recommend the course to colleagues with whom I work, and I would consider another online course without hesitation. I couldn't have asked for a better experience!" 
~ Middle School Librarian, Los Angeles, California

"I enjoyed the instructor(s) and their focus on organization and professionalism."
~ Instructor at Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

"Prior to beginning the class, one of my most strongly held notions was that the interaction and level of engagement in an online course environment could not come close to the experience one has in a face to face class. While I don't know that I am ready to fully embrace the concept that one should be able to earn a high school diploma or a Bachelor's degree completely online,  I certainly believe there is tremendous value, rigor, and powerful sense of community that can be developed in a thoughtfully constructed course with a skilled teacher shepherding the process. "
~ Middle School Librarian, Los Angeles, California

Last Call for Assessment of Student Learning in the Online Classroom

Last Call Fall 2010!







EDUC 762 September 20 - November 12, 2010


Assessment in E-Learning (Click for course description.)

EDUC 762 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Datta Kaur Khalsa (Faculty Bio)

Have you realized how powerful assessment is in the online learning environment? Assessment has the capability to drive interactions and engagement, as well as minimize plagiarism, strengthen higher-level learning and build eportfolios. Learn what is needed to become an excellent online course designer while developing your electronic record keeping systems and methods for evaluating discussion postings and group projects. Become familiar with assessment tools that could make or break your online course.
Enroll now!

* I want to add a personal note to this course announcement. I've worked with Dr. Datta Kaur Khalsa for years. She is a spectacular online teacher with a warm and understanding online presence.

Some might think of online assessment as a dry topic. You'll find Datta's class anything but dry! This is a great course! Take the leap and join now.

You won't be disappointed


~ Dennis

LAST CALL FALL 2010: Instructional Design for eLearning with Susan Manning


  • EDUC 763  September 27-November 19, 2010
  • 3 graduate credits
If you’re trying to figure out what to do with your online course, either because it seems lifeless or you wonder what could be different, Instructional Design for eLearning may be for you.

Or, if you want to find out more about what goes into designing and delivering quality education online, this is definitely for you! We cover the theoretical and the practical sides of organizing learning events for online delivery.

Delivered in a highly engaging and interactive asynchronous format, the class examines topics such as theories of learning, linking objectives to assessment and methods for presenting content. The course addresses issues for K12, higher education and corporate trainers. For more information, visit: http://www3.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/instructonline.cfm

This class is taught by Dr. Susan Manning, e-learning professional and co-host of the great podcast series, The Greenroom at Learning Times.org. Susan has also recently authored (along with Keven Johnson) the new book Online Education for Dummies.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Best Screen Capture Resources: UW-Stout Online Courses


Tech Tips Newsletter
May 21, 2010
Editor: Karen Franker
This e-newsletter is brought to you by University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Education. If you do not wish to receive future issues, please see instructions to manage preferences at the bottom of this message.


--------------------
In this issue...
1. Best Screen Capture and Screencasting Resources  
2. Tech Tip: Free Screen Sharing in Skype   
3. Last Chance to Register for June Online Courses
4. List of Fall 2010 Online Courses
K. Walsh provides an overview of 12 popular screencasting tools, focusing on file format, sharing and editing capabilities.
30 Screen Capture Tools for Sharing Your View
Alyssa Gregory reviews the capabilities of popular tools which allow the capture of all or part of your computer screen to create tutorials and user guides.
15 Handy Tips for Recording Engaging Screencasts
Alyssa Gregory lists some helpful ways to produce professional-looking screencasts, including: clean up your computer desktop, reduce background noise, and use a high-quality microphone.
Giving Students Audio-Visual Feedback
Judy Brophy at Keene State College shares how she uses Jing to not only record audio comments on students’ electronically submitted papers but also to show exactly where in the paper a correction is needed.
Creating Brief Instructional Videos (and More) With Jing
K. Walsh describes how the user of Jing can improve learning outcomes by engaging visual and auditory learners.
How to Use Jing in Your Classroom
Here are tips from Elizabeth for effective student use of Jing for presentations and for posting problem-solving assignments on a class blog.
How to use Jing to Make a Screen capture
Chris Yokum provides 8 steps to follow for creating your first Jing screen capture.


Tech Tip: Free Screen Sharing in Skype
Skype has recently added a screen-sharing feature which makes it easy to share what’s on your computer screen with someone miles away. The person with whom you are sharing your screen can see your screen in either full or partial screen view. You can continue talking via Skype while sharing your screen.


To share your Skype screen:(Macintosh & Windows) During a Skype call, go to the Call menu in the Skype menu bar and selectShare screen.

Screen sharing is available in Skype 2.8 for Mac and Skype 4.1 for Windows. If the person you are calling is on an older version of Skype, they can view your screen but can't share their own.
FINAL CALL FOR SUMMER ONLINE CLASSES
EDUC 744 911 Effective Classroom Management June 14 to July 16, 2010
EDUC 744 914 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math (Grades 4-8) June 14 - August 6, 2010
EDUC 744 920 PK-Elementary 6-Traits Writing Instruction June 21 - August 9, 2010
EDUC 744 909 Middle School Through Adult 6-Traits Writing Instruction June 21 - August 9, 2010
EDUC 744 925 Bullying in Schools June 14-July 23, 2010
EDUC 744 927 Innovations and Opportunities for Media Specialists June 14 - August 6, 2010
EDUC 744 928 Instructional Applications of Digital Photography June 14 - August 6, 2010
EDUC 744 929 Web Design for Educators (Beginning) June 14 - July 30, 2010
EDUC 744 930 Web Design for Educators (Beginning) July 6 - August 13, 2010
EDUC 744 939 Intermediate Web Design for Educators June 14 - July 30, 2010
EDUC 744 941 Mentoring Teachers June 14-August 13, 2010
EDUC 744 949 Assessment for E-Learning June 14-August 6, 2010
EDUC 744 951 Teaching Information Literacy with Primary Sources June 21 - August 13, 2010
EDUC 744 954 Instructional Leadership Skills June 14-August 13, 2010
EDUC 744 957 Differentiation in the Classroom June 14 - August 6, 2010
EDUC 744 962 Poverty in Schools June 14 - July 16, 2010
EDUC 744 966 Implementing Instructional Technology Innovations June 14 - August 6, 2010
EDUC 744 967 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders June 14 - July 30, 2010
EDUC 760 962 E-learning for Educators June 14 - August 6, 2010
EDUC 763 960 Instructional Design for E-Learning June 14 - August 6, 2010
RDGED 701 960 Developmental Reading K-12 June 14 - August 23, 2010
RDGED 702 960 Reading in the Content Areas K-12 June 14 - August 20, 2010
RDGED 703 960 Children’s Literature in the Reading Program (grades K-5) June 14 - August 6, 2010
RDGED 704 960 Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12) June 14 - August 6, 2010


Last Chance to Register for Online Courses Starting in June
List of Summer and Fall Online Courses 
Meet your professional development goals for license renewal, salary advancement, and advanced certification.


Participate from your home computer; no travel to campus is required.


Sign up today to reserve a spot! 
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.shtml
No payment due until summer session begins.
Request Information Online

School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Phone: (715) 232-2253

Archives - back issues in case you missed the most recent newsletter.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Online Teaching: Best Practices and Job Opportunities

This Tech Tips Newsletter from Karen Frankler of the University of Wisconsin Stout is reprinted with permission! ~ Dennis

Tech Tips Newsletter
May 6, 2010
Editor: Karen Franker

This e-newsletter is brought to you by University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Education. If you do not wish to receive future issues, please see instructions to manage preferences at the bottom of this message.

NOTE: Web version of the newsletter http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/blog/

--------------------
In this issue...

1. Online Teaching: Best Practices and Job Opportunities
2. Tech Tip: DocsPal Free Online File Converter
3. Program Spotlight
4. Register Now for Summer Online Courses

Successful Techniques and Proven Strategies For Finding Online Teaching Work
Veteran UW-Stout online instructor Dennis O’Connor shares “insider” tips on how to successfully locate and apply for online teaching jobs.

Time Management Tips For Teaching Online
Experienced UW-Stout online instructor Kay Lehmann lists numerous tips to efficiently manage your online classes including: organizing email, handling deadlines, developing class policies, and “working smarter, not harder” at grading and feedback.

Designing Effective Online Assignments
Yale librarian and online instructor Todd Gilman provides detailed suggestions on how to design flawless online assignments that facilitate independent learning and critical thinking.

Online Discussions: Tips For Instructors
The staff at the Centre for Teaching Excellence provide a useful summary of the most essential strategies to ensure successful online discussions.

Predictors of Success For Adult Online Learners
Elizabeth A. Gruenbaum examines trends and techniques in designing and teaching online courses to increase satisfaction and success for non-traditional online students.

Ten Things I’ve Learned About Teaching Online
Michelle Everson shares her “lessons learned” about online teaching, including: underestimating the time needed to complete assignments, and dealing effectively with unmotivated students.

Tech Tip: DocsPal – Free Online File Converter

In two short steps, DocsPal gives users the capability to upload and convert documents “on the fly” into common file formats, such as: MS Word –PowerPoint-Excel to PDF; GIF to JPEG, PDF to HTML, CSV to PDF, and Office 2003 to 2007. A 20 MB per file size limit applies. Converted files appear as clickable links that can be opened and saved.

Program Spotlight

E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate
Meet your professional development goals to be certified as highly qualified in the area of e-learning instruction and online training in as little as 9 months!  Our program features small, highly interactive classes, job placement assistance, and competitive tuition rates. (15 graduate credits)

Course Sequence:

EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators
This course meets the Wisconsin Department of Instruction professional development requirement for online teaching. “Beginning July 1, 2010, no person may teach an online course in a public school, including a charter school, unless he or she has completed at least 30 hours of professional development designed to prepare a teacher for online teaching.” [Wisconsin State Statute 118.19(13)]"

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning
EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning
EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning
EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum

Register Now For Classes Starting in June
List of 44 Summer Online Courses
Meet your professional development goals for license renewal, salary advancement, and advanced certification

Participate from your home computer; no travel to campus is required.

Sign up today to reserve a spot!
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.shtml
No payment due until summer session begins.
Request Information Online

School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Phone: (715) 232-2253
Archives - back issues in case you missed the most recent newsletter.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Assessment in E-Learning: Enroll soon!

Learning something new Summer 2010!








Next session: EDUC 762 June 14, 2010

Assessment in E-Learning (Complete course description.)

EDUC 762 3 semester hours graduate credit

Instructor: Datta Kaur Khalsa (Faculty Bio)

Have you realized how powerful assessment is in the online learning environment? Assessment has the capability to drive interactions and engagement, as well as minimize plagiarism, strengthen higher-level learning and build eportfolios. Learn what is needed to
become an excellent online course designer while developing your electronic record keeping systems and methods for evaluating discussion postings and group projects. Become familiar with assessment tools that could make or break your online course. >

Enroll now!
* I wanted to add a personal note to this course announcement. I've worked with Datta Kaur Khalsa for years. She is a spectacular online teacher with a warm and understanding online presence.

Some might think of online assessment as a dry topic. You'll find Datta's class anything but dry! This is a great course! Take the leap and join now.

You won't be disappointed. ~ Dennis

Want to change your future? Start now! Learn to Teach Online!

Are you thinking about your future? Perhaps you've been teaching for awhile and things are beginning to get a bit routine?  Do you worry about losing the spark of curiosity and excitement you feel in the classroom? Do you see a rut in your professional life and wonder if there will ever be a chance to change?

If you want to electrify your teaching or training career, consider e-learning and online teaching. There's a world of new opportunities and ideas waiting for you on the web!

I'm describing myself in the opening paragraph.  I was a veteran teacher fast approaching my 50's with 25 years in the classroom.  As I commuted to work I'd ask myself is this where I'll be next year? And the year after that? At the midpoint of my commute I'd pass a sailboat anchored on a large lake.  I started thinking that I was that sailboat.  At anchor in a beautiful place, with gorgeous but limited horizon line.  In my case I was focused on a single question:  Did I want to circle the wagons and wait it out until I could retire, while my love for teaching was chipped away a day at a time, or did I want to take a chance on a new future?

I set a goal to go back to school when I turned 50.  My plan was to be making my living online within five years.  It happened withing two.  It may be a cliche, but my dreams became goals, and my goals have been more than fulfilled, thanks to teaching and learning online.  Our program at UW-Stout embodies everything I've learned about e-learning amplified by the experience and expertise of the best group of online teachers I've ever worked with. 

Think about joining us this summer!  You can change your future one class at a time, starting with the summer session which is now open for registration.

E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearningcertificate.html
  • Are you looking for an E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate program?
  • Is your institution rapidly developing online courses and programs?
  • Are you looking for a new career or a way to supplement your current salary?
  • Our courses benefit educators interested in effectively teaching online or blended courses. 
Summer and Fall registration is open now. Sign up soon.

Courses are completely online; no travel to campus required.
8-Week Online Courses Recommended Course Sequence  
  • EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators  
  • EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning  
  • EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning  
  • EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities  
  • EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum  (Prerequisite: Completion of EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 and Consent of Instructor)
     
For more information, visit http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearningcertificate.html You may enroll in any single course for professional development or complete all four courses and the practicum to receive the Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

Courses can be used to fulfill requirements in the Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Career and Technical Education and Ed.S. in Career and Technical Education degree programs.
Benefits
  • Expert facilitation by veteran online educators
  • Small highly interactive classes
  • Professional quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Career mentoring and job placement assistance
  • Credits may also apply as electives in three different UW-Stout graduate degree programs
  • Highly competitive tuition (tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students)
The courses model best practices in e-learning with interactive discussions and hands-on experiences
  • creating and using blogs, wikis, and other social tools
  • integrating video and podcasts
  • adopting best practices for engaging class discussions and assignments
  • designing authentic assessment activities, quizzes and grading options 
  • building strong communication activities in your online class
  • motivating online students who are falling behind      
  • managing your online teaching workload
If you have any questions, please contact Dennis O'Connor, the program adviser, at (530) 318-1145 or email oconnord@uwstout.edu

REGISTER SOON  

Register online today to reserve a spot at: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.shtml

Monday, February 15, 2010

Successful Techniques and Proven Strategies for Finding Online Teaching Work.

Successful Techniques and Proven Strategies for Finding Online Work.


Searching for online work requires a plan, perseverance, and organization.  An adjunct instructor is both a teacher and a business person.  Ongoing search for work is part of the profession.  This article will help you pursue your goals in a methodical and effective manner. 

As an adjunct, you'll have great flexibility as well as the responsibility for maximizing your own efficiency.  It's likely you'll have multiple jobs with different deadlines. This is a good thing.  Rather than have all of your work with one client, seek to diversify into many jobs. It's important to work with many clients because you are increasing your opportunities for new classes.  Another advantage of not having all your eggs in one basket is you protect yourself against the effects of loosing a job. 



Find the Jobs:

Many online jobs come from your network of friends and professional colleagues.  I've written extensively on the importance of networking. You should also be aware of what's available in your current place of employment. However,  you also need to pursue a more direct and generalized job search.

Find online instructors and look at their homepages.  Watch for links to their places of employment. Another approach is to use the following websites to find schools that are offering online programs.  From there click through to the school's homesite and begin investigating the programs and courses that they offer.

Places to Find Online Schools that may be hiring:







Websites and blogs that list online work:



Apply for work:

Craft an introductory email.  Be sure to provide information about your qualifications. Be sure to list the courses you are qualified to teach in your introductory e-mail.

Mention specific courses offered by the school you are applying to. Be sure to include the school's course numbers.  Make it seem that you are focused just on their school, even if you are applying to multiple employers.

Find your way to the Universities contact page. Follow the HR application procedures specified on each website, but take it a step further.  Include a cover letter detailing your qualifications and the specific classes your are qualified to teach. Include your Curriculum Vitae.  The problem with the standard 'HR' route is lack of visibility with the decision makers.  Your application could end up in a database or at the bottom of an unprocessed pile of forms. 

Double your chances bye going directly to the department level. You will need to research the academic heirachy of the departments that offer the classes you wish to teach. Find the email addresses so you can write the department chairpersons and school deans.

Send an email with a formal introduction to the decision makers.  Address them at Doctor (just assume they have a terminal degree). 

Be sure subject line of your email is consise and indicates you are job hunting.  Consider:  Seeking Online Position, Adjunct E-learning Professional, Referral, Online Teaching Position.

Bcc yourself on all applications.  Keep these copies organized. It may take months to ge a response, so be sue you have the history of correspondence organized.  Some compile a spreadsheet, other organized by file folders or tags.  Develop a method and maintain it!

Bcc the dean of the department when you write the department chair.  (Double cover your bases, it can't hurt.)

Be Prepared to respond quickly and professionally
  • Keep electronic copies of all your transcripts.  This is especially important for your most recent degree.
  • Keep on hand, the addresses you'll need to request official transcripts.
  • Have an updated and expanded curriculum vitae.  This is more than a one page business style resume.  Academic CV's should be complete and extensive.
  • A generic cover letter you can tune to the employer's interests.
  • A reference list.  Be sure to have at least three professional references. Also be sure to informA your references in advance with note that they may be contacted.
  • A list of the specific courses you want to teach at the university you are corresponding with.
  • An online portfolio or teaching website you maintain regularly.
  • A statement of your teaching philosophy. Write two tight paragraphs about how and why you teach.