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.
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
February 2 - 27
April 6 - May 1
June 1 - 26
September 8 - October 2
Designing Online Instruction
February 2 - 13
May 4 - 15
October 5 - 16
Fostering Online Discussion
March 2 - 27
July 6 - 31
November 2 - 27
$195 for individual course, with an optional additional $40 paid later for graduate credit from the University of South Dakota.
$495 for Certificate in Online Teaching, $795 for Certified Online Instructor (COI) program
Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs/ILUs
About Your Instructors
Dr. Rena M. Palloff and Dr. Keith Pratt As authors of Building Online Learning Communities, Palloff and Pratt are two of the foremost authorities on online learning, and highly sought after presenters.
Palloff and Pratt are managing partners in Crossroads Consulting Group. They have also taught online courses at several universities. Since 1994 they have collaboratively conducted pioneering research and training in the emerging areas of electronic group facilitation, face-to-face and electronic community building, distance learning, and management and supervision.
Dr. Rena M. Palloff teaches online for the Fielding Institute, which offers a master's degree completely online. She has also taught for the John F. Kennedy University, California State University-Hayward, and Ottawa University.
Dr. Keith Pratt has taught online for Ottawa University, where he was Chair of the Management Information Systems Program. He has also taught at Wayland Baptist University and the University of Alaska. They are authors, popular speakers at national educational conferences, and sought after consultants in the area of online learning communities.
At the end of the course, you will: