Certified Online Instructor
Advanced Learning Environments Course
The Design of Online Instruction
The course provides teachers with the knowledge and tools needed to design online courses and environments in schools and other educational settings. It is the basic course in the full diploma program Certificate in Online Instruction*.
The course provides tools for the design and integration of online instruction in educational settings. It takes participants through the various stages in the process: from planning of instruction and assessment, to online activity design and learning management. The course equips participants to moderate online discussion and to plan collaborative work in online teaching and learning.
Learning Theories and Online Instruction
In order to furnish teachers of the future with an understanding of how different pedagogical models are reflected in online environments, it is necessary for them to develop a deep understanding both of the pedagogical models that have dominated education over the years and of the affordances of different types of computing environments.
Learning management systems presently adopted by institutes of education incorporate a range of tools, each of which can be characterized by one or more of the pedagogical models that has dominated education over the past decades. The course thus provides the basis for teachers, present and future, to make mindful choices regarding the online environments that they design for their classes and offer their learners
Synchronous online teaching and learning
The course gives the students practical experience in online synchronous teaching, with the application of unique online pedagogy and collaborative learning.
Personal and Social Values in a Digital Culture: Course Syllabus
. This shift has given rise to a variety of popular labels that attempt to pin down the age we live in, such as “digital culture,” “knowledge society,” “networked society,” and “information age.” In the course, these labels are explored in order to determine whether the aura surrounding cyber-culture and the optimism expressed by those declaring the dawn of a new era of collaboration and creative production are justified. The processes underlying what has been termed a produsage culture are examined. Through this examination, questions will be raised about what constitutes ethical conduct in a society where personal identity is divided between experiences taking place in the real world and interactions characterizing the virtual self. Additional questions raised in the course are aimed at understanding the driving force underlying knowledge production in the development of open source programs and free content on the web, the role of the individual in collaborative work and knowledge creation, how normative behavior is established in social networks, intellectual property rights, and cybercrime. By gaining an understanding of these facets of the knowledge society, learners will be able to place educational activity in the broader perspective from which it should be viewed.