Get the best professional development in managing telework. Then boost your productivity and your organization’s bottom line. 
   For telecommuters, prospective telecommuters, those supervising telecommuters, decision makers, trainers, HR professionals, and anyone interested in telecommuting.
   Teleworkers will position themselves for success by knowing the essential elements for managing themselves from a distance. Supervisors will learn the critical differences in supervising teleworkers and how to structure supervision for success.
   Discover the keys to making telecommuting a success for you and your organization.  Then learn the essentials of supervision critical for both telecommuters and management. Take home the core management practices to supervise telecommuters for a win-win for both employees and your organization.
Online, two one month courses, William A. Draves, Julie Coates and Greg Marsello, instructors.
$395 total for both courses and certificate

Individual Courses

Keys to Telecommuting Success

   Telecommuting is becoming the “mainstay of corporate America,” according to a recent MSNBC story.  Telecommuters are 25% more productive than people who work in an office, meaning your company is more profitable.
   Come discover the keys to making telecommuting a success for you and your organization.  For those new to telecommuting and those already working from home this course includes a 100-page guide to telecommuting.
One month course, offered 4 times a year, Julie Coates and William Draves, instructors, $195 (both courses and certificate $395 total)

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Supervising Telecommuters
   Telecommuters can be supervised from a distance better than people working down the hall. But supervision of telecommuters is different than for office workers.
   Understanding the essentials of supervision is critical for telecommuters and supervisors, as well as management and organizational leadership.
   Telecommuters boost your organization’s profitability, productivity, financial stability, competitiveness and efficiency. Plus you can recruit the best people regardless of where they live.
   Tour a model virtual office. Then take away the core management practices to supervise telecommuters for a win-win for both employees and management. After attending, you will have the knowledge necessary to successfully supervise, and be supervised, in a distance environment.  
One month, William Draves and Greg Marsello, instructors, $245 (Both courses and certificate $395 total)

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Question MarkAbout 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. 

GearsHow 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.

CalendarParticipate 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.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

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.

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Keys to Telecommuting Success
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Supervising Telecommuters
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$395 total for both courses as a certificate

Ave. hours 32, 3.2 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructors

   Julie Coates has been working from home for over ten years.  She is a speaker, consultant, and Vice President for Information Services at the Learning Resources Network (LERN).  The organization is one of the first in the world to convert to a virtual organization, and now has staff and consultants in 8 states and 3 countries.  More than half of the staff members telecommute.
   Ms. Coates has taught online classes for more than five years. She is author of the pioneering book, Generational Learning Styles, and co-author of Nine Shift: Work, life and education in the 21st Century.  
   Having been on the senior management team to convert her organization from an office-based organization to a virtual organization, she has trained staff in telecommuting, has addressed social and organizational issues in telecommuting, and is one of the foremost experts on telecommuting.

William A. Draves is a leading futurist, speaker and co-author of Nine Shift: Work, life and education in the 21st century.
   He has been working from home for over 12 years and worked with his Board of Directors and Senior Management Team to transition to a virtual organization in 1998.  
   He has keynoted conferences and done professional development seminars in Russia, Germany, England, Slovenia, Japan, Australia, Mexico, and all over Canada and the United States.
   His Nine Shift blog has more than 2,000 readers per month, and he is the most-quoted authority on lifelong learning in the nation’s media, having been interviewed by The New York Times, BBC, Wall Street Journal, NBC Night News and other news organizations.
   Greg Marsello supervises employees, contract workers and consultants from a distance and is an expert on operations, staff structure and organizational efficiency.
   He has experience both in the manufacturing sector and the information sector. He began supervising employees from a distance in 1996 and has 12 years experience in virtual organizations.
   A former business owner and manager with 30 years of supervisory experience, he ran a jewelry factory with 500 employees for over a decade.  He now runs the operations for the Learning Resources Network (LERN) as Vice President for Organizational Development. 
   Marsello conducts four-day training workshops on organizational efficiency and managing staff, as well as consulting with organizations with up to $90 million budgets. He is a popular how-to speaker and author of “Restructuring Staff” and “Reengineering” manuals.

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