Learn about the online instructional environment, envisioning your online course, developing a web course, phases of design and development, design guidelines, and more.
Discover the principles behind the adoption of technology innovation and the nature of the online learning environment. Then get tips for planning your online course, identifying resources and design guidelines.
Discuss the phases of design and development and models, motivating student-student interaction, and managing interaction. Get the latest information on copyright issues, assessment and evaluation.
Your instructor is co-author of the book "The Online Teaching Survival Guide," which you will receive in the mail with this course.
Two week course, includes book, Rita Marie Conrad, instructor.
optional additional $40 USD paid later for graduate credit from the University of South Dakota.
Envisioning Your Online Course
Developing a Web course
Issues in the Web Environment
Assessment and Evaluation
About online learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun.
How the Course Works
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.
Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.
Participate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.
What you will do
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.
Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.
It’s easy. It’s fun.
Advanced Teaching Online
June 6 - July 1
September 6 - 30
Designing Online Instruction
May 9 - 20
October 3 - 14
Fostering Online Discussion
July 5 - 29
November 7 - December 2
Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs/ILUs
About Your Instructors
Rita-Marie Conrad is an online faculty member for Fielding Graduate Institute and Walden University as well as Senior Consultant for the Learning Resources Network (LERN). She began her online career and spent over a decade at Florida State University where she developed and led two online programs: the Instructional Systems major in Performance Improvement and Human Resource Development, and the Instructional Systems major in Open and Distance Learning. She has designed and taught online courses on topics such as online collaboration, learning theories, designing online instruction, and developing eLearning strategies for training programs.
Rita has consulted on the design and implementation of online learning courses, evaluated online programs, managed technology-related projects, and provided educational technology consulting and training to K-12 teachers and higher education faculty. She interacts with hundreds of faculty as an online instructor for courses such as Designing Online Instruction sponsored by the Learning Resources Network (LERN). She has presented at conferences sponsored by the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), the University of Wisconsin, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, League of Innovation, and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) on a variety of online learning topics.
She co-authored two books with Judith Boettcher, Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web in 1999 and 2004,and The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips (2010). She wrote Engaging the Online Learner in 2004 with J. Ana Donaldson, and Assessing Learners Online in 2008 with Albert Oosterhof and Donald Ely. Rita has a Ph.D. in instructional systems from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in educational media and computers from Arizona State University.
What some students say:
"I learned a lot from this experience and feel that I gained from the class what I had hoped to, a better understanding of online instruction." - Keith Johnson
"This course deepened my understanding of several aspects of on line learning. Thank you for your support, Rita." - Kathleen Cintavey
At the end of the course, you will: