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

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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
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