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Discover the fascinating world of online learning and teaching. Specifically for K-12 teachers, you will find out why and how your students learn online. Find out about all the wonderful eTools being used, from drag-and-drop games to virtual labs. 

Then find out how you can begin to use the web in your own teaching. See why web-enhanced courses are being introduced in K-12 schools. Then take home online strategies for helping your students to learn more and preparing them for the workplace.

One month course, William A. Draves, instructor. 

 outlineCourse Outline

Unit 1

  • How the Internet is Changing How We Learn
  • Why your students are learning online
  • Why virtual schools and online courses are growing
  • How online learning prepares students for the work world
  • Why you as a teacher are more important than ever

Unit 2

  • Introduction to Online Courses
  • The technology of online courses
  • How online courses work
  • How knowledge is organized differently online
  • Communication in the online classroom

Unit 3

  • Advanced Features of Online Courses
  • Audio and slide presentations
  • Video, Animations, Simulations
  • Virtual labs, what can be done better online
  • Testing and assessment online

Unit 4

  • How K-12 Teachers Can Use Online Classrooms
  • How hybrid or blended courses are created
  • What can be done better face-to-face in your classroom
  • Incorporating the web into your teaching
  • Simple effective online teaching techniques for K-12

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:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking 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 week.
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 week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

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Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

$145 USD

About Your Instructor

William A. Draves is author of “Advanced Teaching Online” and “Learning On the Net.” He has been teaching online for over a decade.   More than 6,000 faculty in higher education and K-12 have taken his online course on teaching online.  He has presented and consulted on the topic of online learning and teaching for schools and colleges all over the United States, Canada, and internationally.  He is a lead instructor for the Certified Online Instructor (COI), the leading designation for faculty teaching online. 

What some students say:

"I cannot believe the course is over already. So many ideas were presented that will assist in learning in the classroom." - Nancy Harrington

Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives

  • To foster an understanding among K-12 teachers of how and why students are learning online and why virtual schools and online courses are growing
  • To understand how learning and teaching online enhances and supplements the face-to-face classroom
  • To create an understanding of how the web and the online classroom can help teachers respond more individually to students, enhancing student learning while reducing teacher overwork
  • To give K-12 teachers the knowledge to create a hybrid or web enhanced online classroom to aid in their teaching
  • To provide the knowledge for K-12 teachers to understand the essential elements of an online classroom and how online classrooms work for both learner and teacher
  • To provide concrete strategies for how to teach students more effectively using the web

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you will:

  • Be able to state and describe the various ways in which online courses enhance and reinforce learning for students
  • Understand the educational forces and environmental demands that is behind the growth in online courses
  • Enhance your online communication skills, and know how to conduct communication with your students in the online classroom
  • Be able to identify, locate and utilize various online learning eTools, content objects and assessment tools suitable for K-12 learning environment
  • Be able to employ successful teaching techniques to enhance your students’ learning using online classrooms and the online course format
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