8 Week Courses

Instructor-led, Fully Online Continuing Education Courses
8 continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded to students who successfully complete these course with a grade of 80% or better.

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Adapting, Integrating, and Creating OERs for Online Learning

Description

This course is focused on the application of Open Educational Resources in online learning. The participants will either develop a new, remix, reuse or redistribute an OER for the online setting. The participants will walk through this process step by step with their instructor. Throughout the process, the participants will be receiving peer and instructor support and feedback.

Prerequisite: Foundations of Open Educational Resources

Blended Learning Design & Instruction

Description
This course is an overview of blended learning, a strategy that combines online and traditional instruction. Participants will actively discuss topics related to blended learning and will collaborate with peers in research, analysis, and assessment of blended course design elements and technologies. There are opportunities for practice with the blended techniques as well as exercises in planning the curriculum for including the blended modalities.
Prerequisite: None
MOT Elective Course

External Advocacy and Professionalism for Online Leaders

8 weeks
Description
The purpose of this course is to recognize the emerging global, national, and local entity policies and guidelines that push online leaders to be a driving force to external communities as they represent their institution. This course will discuss policy updates, strategies for budgeting and acquisition of resources, becoming the voice to external audiences, and how to be actively engaged within the field of online learning.
Prerequisite: None. 
MOLA Certificate Required Course

Encouraging Communication in Online Courses

Description
This course provides insight into the methods for structuring an online course to maximize the quality of interactions among students, and between the instructor and students.
Prerequisite: Overview of Online Instruction

Faculty Support for Online Leaders

Description
This is an overview for online leaders to learn best practices in the topics of support staff expertise, and personal compensation and recognition. Resources and onboarding for faculty will be discussed. The participants will discuss tools for online faculty development, implementing new technology, and fostering accountability within the framework of current guidelines, regulations, and laws. The participants will learn best practices when communicating to their faculty.
Prerequisite: None
MOLA Certificate Required Course

Global eLearning

Description
This course will provide a perspective on international education and eLearning with the goal of helping you to be prepared for international students in your traditional or online courses, and preparing you to offer international eLearning or training within or outside of the context of your institution and your country.
Prerequisite: None
MOT Elective Course

Issues and Strategies for Faculty Training

Description
This course addresses various models for faculty training and explores the literature to see what works with faculty training. It explores methods of faculty training, reasons why faculty embrace technology, instructor competencies, and assessing whether or not training is successful.
Prerequisite: None

Instructional Design for Online Course Development

Description
Participants will discover and discuss concepts, ideas, and strategies that lead to the effective design of an online course. Participants should strongly consider taking this course alone, without a concurrent course.
Prerequisite: None. Overview of Online Instruction is recommended to be completed prior to or concurrently with this course.
MOT Core Course

Librarians & Instructors Collaborating in Online Learning

Description
Areas of study will include: how information literacy skills can be integrated into existing assignments; opportunities for librarian and instructor partnerships; and strategies to ensure you are using library resources to their full potential.
Prerequisite: None

Online Teaching Strategies for Mathematics

Description
This instructor-led, eight-week course, the fully-online course introduces strategies for teaching mathematics online. Participants will discover and discuss concepts, ideas, and strategies that lead to the effective instruction of an online mathematics course.
Prerequisite: None

Overview of Online Instruction

Description
This course is an introduction to online learning and instruction in which key aspects of adaptation to the online environment, course facilitation, and relevant designs are previewed. Participants will actively discuss topics related to online learning and collaborate with peers in projects that analyze and assess online course design elements and technologies.
Prerequisite: None
MOT Core Class

Practicum (For Master Online Teacher Certificate)

Description
The Practicum is the final course in the Master Online Teacher (MOT) certificate program. The course is instructor-led, eight-weeks long, and fully-online. Practicum participants will work with a small group of peers and one instructor to develop or improve an online course.
Prerequisite: This course requires prior completion of core courses in the MOT and one MOT elective course.

 

Quality Assurance for Online Leaders

Description
This course will provide an examination of quality assurance strategies and issues in online programs. A review of processes, philosophies, and strategies for building appropriate accountability processes into online learning programs toward the successful accreditation of online degrees and integration of online programs into the mainstream institutional catalog. Participants will examine institutional, state, national, and global policies that demand greater accountability and regulatory compliance.
Prerequisite: None
MOLA Certificate Required Course

Sims, Labs, and Multimedia in Online Learning

Description
In this 8 week course, the focus is on the use of multimedia, educational simulations, games, and their use in online courses. Topics include a theoretical framework for using these tools in educational environments, types and selection of multimedia, simulations, and games, and instructor and student roles, evaluation and assessment, and strategic considerations.

Prerequisite: Requires Overview of Online Instruction or its equivalent

MOT Elective Course

Student Assessment in Online Courses

Description
Assessment theory is explored, focusing on the applications to online education and the necessary adjustments needed when evaluating students in online courses. The course is designed to provide students with opportunities to apply online student assessment concepts to their particular areas of interest in online course development.
Prerequisite: Requires Overview of Online Instruction or its equivalent
MOT Core Course

Student Support for Online Leaders

Description
This is an overview of approaches to holistically support online students through a high touch/high-tech approach. Participants will learn the scope of online student services and the importance of developing effective remotely delivered services to improve student success and retention rates. The participants will learn best practices in the early development of online programs, preparing students, ongoing support, and support after graduation or program completion.
Prerequisite: None
MOLA Certificate Required Course

Technology Tools for Online Learning

Description
This instructor-led, eight-week, fully-online course explores some of the technology tools used to build and deliver online courses. The main emphasis of this course will be to introduce students to issues concerning the use of technology and the many tools that are available. The economical, technological, and pedagogical pros and cons of each technology will be discussed. Participants will learn how to choose what technologies to integrate into their online course based on sound pedagogical decisions.
Prerequisite: None
MOT Core Choice Course

Universal Design Principles for Online Learning

Description
In this hands-on course, you will discover how the principles of universal design can help you create course content that can be accessed and used by anyone, including people with disabilities. By the end of the course, participants will have a good understanding of universal design principles for online learning, know potential accessibility/usability issues that need to be considered in course design, and be able to create more accessible/usable course content.
Prerequisite: Participants should have familiarity with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF programs.
MOT Core Choice Course

Web Design Principles for Online Educators

Description
The purpose of this course is to introduce educators to web design principals that can be used to create effective online courses. In the first module, students examine the process of planning a website and create a “design document” that serves as a blueprint for designing future course sites. In the second module, students create a checklist of design guidelines that can be sued to create tier own course sites. Finally, in the third module, students observe good practices of web design by evaluating other educational websites that have been created by faculty at ION-participating institutions. The faculty is on hand to answer student questions about the design of their sites. Note: It is not required to create web pages for this course.
Prerequisite: None