This self-paced online certificate program provides instruction on the major models, tools and techniques in creating and delivering online learning. Creating effective online learning courses and simulations can be challenging, but there are tools and techniques as well as best practices that can help design and create successful online learning content. Learners will gain knowledge on the fundamentals of general learning theory and how it can be applied, in practice, to online design and instruction. Learners are also provided a review of the technology employed in online learning, best practices for teaching online, strategies for integrating narrative learning into an educational curriculum and the basics of developing accessible online learning.
This certificate program consists of the following five self-paced courses:
- Introduction to Online Learning: Reviews the fundamentals of general learning theory and how it can be applied, in practice, to online design and instruction.
- Teaching Online: Reviews major models, tools and techniques for teaching online.
- The Technology of Online Learning: Reviews the key software and hardware options available and covers best practices in using technology.
- Narrative Learning: Presents different types of narrative learning and identifies the best means to utilize each.
- Online Learning Accessibility: Reviews the basics of online learning accessibility standards and reviews best practices for accessibility.
Each course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies and self-assessments. Each course has an “Ask the Expert” feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible (usually within 24 hours). Participants must achieve average test scores of at least 70% to meet certificate completion requirements, and they will have three attempts at all graded assessments. Students will have one year to complete the certificate.
This program does not have any prerequisites or require additional purchases of supplementary materials. Participation in the program requires high-speed internet access and a valid email address.