Certified Online Instructor

 

Advanced Learning Environments Course

The course exposes students to technology in education by placing a focus on four types of digital environments: blogs, wikis, multimedia, and virtual worlds (Second Life). By participating in activities related to each of these online contexts, students will begin to think of how to integrate digital technologies in their future work as teachers. The course is delivered in English and exemplifies a content-based approach to language learning, through a natural context for language use.
Elective Course
One-Semester Course

The Design of Online Instruction

Teaching in the digital age is being transformed by rapid developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs). As pedagogies are being changed by technologies, teachers are confronted with the challenge of integrating these technologies insightfully and with attention to maximum effectiveness for their learners.
Elective Course
One-Semester Course

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*.

 

Course Objectives:
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

The course aims at providing students with an understanding of how learning theories and pedagogical models are embedded in the design of online teaching and learning. As the major objective of education in a global society shifts from one emphasizing the transmission of the knowledge and values of past and present cultures to future generations, to one that involves preparing the generation of the future for the world in which they will live, pedagogical models necessarily change.
Elective Course
Full year course

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

This course prepares pre-service students to teach synchronously using an online synchronous teaching environment. These environments allow the synchronous management of classes of distance learning students and personal mentoring, communication in real time though voice and webcam, while viewing presentations, writing on a board as well as additional interactions between teacher and learners.
Elective Course
One-Semester Course

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

The course examines how digital and social networking technologies have developed and changed the ways in which we learn, work, play, and interact with information and with one another. The shift from economies characterized by industrial models of production to a global economy based on knowledge production has been apparent since the beginning of the 1990s, especially with the expansion of Internet networks
Elective Course
One-Semester Course

. 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.