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Online Instruction Endorsement

Teachers wishing to fast track their online instruction initiatives should consider our four class Online Instruction Endorsement. You will learn how to develop high quality, pedagogically sound, interactive online instruction. Our course sequence is flexible and designed with multiple entry points for educators with different desires and varying levels of teaching experience.

The courses in the sequence can also be applied to our master's degree in Digital Classroom Technology. Please contact us for information and assistance getting started in a customized track designed for your teaching and learning needs.

Online Instruction Endorsement Course Sequence - 12 credits

  1. ITC 525 – Technologies for 21st Century Educators OR
    ITC 536 – Emerging Technologies for Educators
  2. ITC 435 – Designing Distance Education for the K-12 Educator
  3. ITC 520 – Building Effective Online and Classroom Instruction
  4. ITC 590 – Internship\Practicum

ITC 525 is a gentle introduction to technologies needed to design and deliver online instruction. ITC 525 is designed to ensure even the most timid of technology users move to a level of comfort and confidence with technologies needed for blended and online teaching. For students having more advanced technology skills, ITC 536 is a recommended alternative to ITC 525. In ITC 536, students focus on the Web 2.0 technologies useful in online teaching and learning.

Next in the sequence is ITC 435. In ITC 435, students learn about instructional design methodologies and they design a "paper" version of an online course. In ITC 520, students implement their online course designs in a real LMS.

Our ITC 435/520 "design, then build" philosophy ensures that students are able to first conceptualize and design an effective and practical online course before delving into the technical vagaries needed to build a course in any given LMS system.

The final course in our sequence is ITC 590. ITC 590 places students back in their districts or other settings where they work with an instructional designer and/or online mentor to create blended/online resources for specific teaching and learning situations.

A diligent student can complete our course sequence in four semesters. We believe that the sequence and pacing of our program ensures that our graduates are prepared to create and deliver highly effective online experiences for their K-12 students. As a testament to the effectiveness of our program, many of our graduates are now teaching as instructional designers in diverse settings ranging from K-12 to higher education, to corporate America. Testimonials from these students can be found on our homepage.  

ITC 525 - Technologies for the 21st Century Educator
Offered in face-to-face, blended, and fully online formats.

This course provides students with numerous, practical, hands-on opportunities to develop technology-based teaching and learning resources to support face-to-face, hybrid and online learning courses. This course is the ideal starting point for newer technology users wanting broad exposure to PC, Mac, Mobile, and Internet teaching technologies. Students who are comfortable with these platforms and who have experience developing digital teaching materials may elect to opt out of ITC 525 and start with ITC 435.

ITC 536 - Emerging Technologies for Educators
Each year, new Web 2.0 tools appear that teachers can utilize to design creative learning activities addressing Common Core Standards. In this course, you will design engaging lessons that challenge students to collaborate, think, create and share their knowledge using Web 2.0 tools. You will develop several standards-based activities for your students that will encourage the development of 21st Century skills and higher order thinking.

ITC 435 - Designing Distance Education for the K-12 Educator
Offered in blended and fully online formats.

Building on ITC 525, students will learn "best practice" strategies for online course creation. Online learning is different from face-to-face learning and requires a different mindset/approach for both instructor AND the learner. Role of the instructor, course organization, media selection, online interaction techniques, and course management will be emphasized. Upon completion of this course, students will have a well-structured unit(s) design suitable for development and implementation in the ITC 520 course. Students with prior teaching or substantial blended course development experience may choose to enroll directly in ITC 520, our hands-on development course, with approval of your instructor.

ITC 520 - Building Effective Online and Classroom Instruction
Offered in face-to-face, blended, and fully online formats.

ITC 520 moves beyond the theoretical and provides the students with an opportunity to do online development work in an actual Learning Management System. Students enrolling in this course will develop and implement technology-rich and pedagogically comprehensive learning modules for online delivery. Application of practical online learning tools such as discussion forums, online quizzes, and emerging web technologies will be emphasized to promote collaboration, creativity, and effective online communities. Specific and direct links will be drawn between how one teaches in a face-to-face classroom versus the online environment...including the setting of expectations, procedures, classroom ‘rules', etc.

ITC 590 - Internship\Practicum
ITC 590 is field placement assignment that is customized to suit the unique educational goals of a particular student. In ITC 590 you will work with an ITC professor and cooperating teacher or mentor in the field to accomplish specific educational goals designed by you and your professor.

Contact Information:

Dr. Andrea Harmer
Dept. of Library Science and Instructional Technology

Associate Prof. William Jefferson
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dept. of Library Science and Instructional Technology

Last Updated 06-01-2015 WJ