In the 21st century, half of all learning will be online.  The opportunities are tremendous for teaching online.  Discover how to plan, develop and teach an online course. Take home a ten step model for developing your online course.  Experience one of the most advanced online classrooms for teachers. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows. Plus, find out how self quizzes enhance learning.
See an animation, drop-and-drop exercise, and dynamite welcome pages.  Engage in online discussion with other teachers. An instructor’s book, “Advanced Teaching Online,” is included.
Technical Requirements: Access to Flash needed for audio and slide presentations
One-month course, includes book, William A. Draves and Mary Dereshiwsky, instructors.
Optional graduate credit available for an additional $40 paid later for graduate credit from the University of South Dakota.
Course Outline
Unit 1
How the Internet is Changing How We Learn

  • The Top 10 reasons cognitive information is delivered better by the Internet
  • Learning online
  • Learning in-person; what you cannot do on the Internet
  • How young people learn differently online
  • The Brain and Learning online

Unit 2
Building Your Online Course

  • The Ten Step Model
  • How knowledge is organized online
  • Building online content
  • Creating audio and video presentations
  • Development time and cost

Unit 3
Teaching Your Online Course

  • Facilitating online discussions
  • Creating a safe online learning environment
  • Responding to student questions and needs
  • How much time you should spend online
  • Evaluating your online course

Unit 4
Creating Assessment and Measuring Online Learning

  • Designing online assessment
  • Multiple assessments
  • Assessment as a learning tool
  • Grading in the 21st century
  • Best Practices in Online Teaching

Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs

About Your Instructors
William A. Draves is one of the foremost authorities in the world on teaching online. More than 6,000 faculty and teachers have taken this course. He did his graduate work in education, with an emphasis on adult education, from The George Washington University in Washington DC.
Draves has taught for over thirty years, including teaching at the graduate level. His books include “How to Teach Adults,” the most popular book ever written on the subject, and “Energizing the Learning Environment.”
He has been interviewed by, The New York Times, NPR, NBC Nightly News, Washington Post, Virtual University News, Chronicle of Higher Education and other national media.
Draves is author of the book, “Advanced Teaching Online,” which is used as the text book for this course. This course is part of the Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation, the most recognized certification for online teaching in higher education.
Mary Dereshiwsky is an expert in online teaching and creator of the online teaching technique “continuous engagement.”  She is a professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she teaches graduate courses online.  She has taught other instructors how to teach online for more than five years.
Dereshwisky has also been on the graduate faculty of Capella University, written on the topic of online teaching, and given presentations at national educational conferences on the topic.  She critiques online courses for other instructors and is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation for the Learning Resources Network.
What some students say:
“Thank you for opening my mind to the possibilities! I will be teaching my first online course in October and was a bit nervous. You have all helped me to understand more and be open to the possibilities. It was great sharing this experience with you! Thanks Bill and Mary for sharing your expertise. I would recommend this course to everyone.” – Phyllis Frederickson
“Thank you so much for all your preparation and well-presented information. It was eye opening and thought provoking.” – Susan Banker
Course Objectives

  • To provide participants with an overview and understanding of how teaching online differs from in-person or face-to-face teaching;
  • To provide participants with the practical, how-to knowledge of how to plan, develop and construct an asynchronous teacher-led online course;
  • To provide participants with the knowledge of how to facilitate online discussion, engage online learners, and interact with online learners to enhance their learning;
  • To provide participants with an understanding of how knowledge is constructed and delivered online, and how the three basic elements of content, interaction and assessment relate to each other in creating the best online learning experience;
  • To provide participants with the competence and self confidence to teach effectively online.

Course Outcomes
At the end of the course, you will:

  • Get a ten step model and process for the development and teaching of an online course;
  • Be able to plan, develop and teach an online course with the knowledge skills gained from this course;
  • Have seen how a model online classroom functions;
  • Have engaged in sharing new ideas and the latest tips and techniques with other teachers.