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Wiki or Blog: Which is Better for the Classroom?

Started by David R. Wetzel. Last reply by Wendy Leung Jan 25, 2013. 8 Replies

Both wikis and blogs provide teachers with a a dynamic process for integrating Web 2.0 technology in their science and math classes. These two types of online tools offer students a more engaging process for learning.Both are relatively easy tools…Continue

Tags: learning, comparison, benefits, teaching, 20

Edmodo Training

Started by Scott McDaniel. Last reply by Beth Kappus Oct 2, 2012. 1 Reply

Is there anyone who provides training to teachers in the use of Edmodo?  I want to find someone who can do training on site in our district.  We don't have any Ed Tech staff development trainers.  Anyone do this or know of someone who does?Continue

E-LEARNING : MONEY FREE or MONEY MAKING?

Started by Moisces Tenyosa. Last reply by redAlumnos Nov 7, 2011. 1 Reply

I'm n instructor who is interested on e-learning in the web. Recently, our school launch a program regarding e-learning for our students who were currently enrolled. My question is do they need to pay extra amount in their study? Me and my friend is…Continue

MATH PRACTICE AND LEARNING PROGRAM – FREE FOR TEACHERS

Started by Dan Sherman. Last reply by GoldStudent Jan 11, 2011. 1 Reply

Hi,TenMarks has launched a math practice and learning program for grades 3 - High School and as of today, it’s FREE for teachers to use in class or for their students to use at home.  The TenMarks approach gives students a variety of problems on…Continue

Tags: Classroom, Math, Resources, Teachers, Education

Finding E-Learning and Distance Education Jobs

Started by Mac Slocum. Last reply by Vicky Phillips Aug 20, 2010. 19 Replies

I'm having a hard time finding e-learning/distance education opportunities. I've taken my fair share of these classes, but I can't seem to dig up any listings for adjunct positions. Is there a place where these types of jobs are posted, or is it…Continue

Tags: jobs, e-learning

Effective Learning Objectives

Started by Eric Federspiel Jul 22, 2010. 0 Replies

I just started as an eLearning Specialist for a medical malpractice insurance company, and I'm struggling with the writing of learning objectives.  I'll try and explain.Basically, our overall goals are to educate our physicians on ways to avoid risk…Continue

Tags: elearning, objectives

Would Like Feedback on eBook: New Rules for Teacher Training in 21st Century Schools

Started by Johnny Hamilton. Last reply by Katrina Way Jul 9, 2010. 1 Reply

I just wrote an eBook and would like feedback from educators familiar with the benefits of e-learning. I wrote it for teachers and administrators who have instructional technology (like SMART boards) in their schools and are looking for more…Continue

Tags: digital, whiteboard, e-learning, smartboard, training

e-Learning project to empower individuals in Africa!!

Started by George. Last reply by Sherrill Garth Jul 9, 2010. 3 Replies

Hi Everyone,Just signed up to forum today & I'm so excited to join the family.. I am working on an e-Learning project to empower workers and alleviate poverty in Africa by offering management & leadership education to individuals over the…Continue

keys to improving success of on-line students

Started by MJ Page. Last reply by Brigitte Williams Jun 18, 2010. 9 Replies

Hi I teach on line, and am pleased to be getting positive feedback from my students and enrollment is growing however, I want to know what others are doing to improve the success rate of on-line learners. Keeping students engaged and interested is…Continue

Tags: student, sucess, attendance, engagement, online

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

10 Month Fast Track to Your Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and online Teaching

Become an Effective Online Instructor in Just 10 Months - Make it happen in 2015 


Prepare for designing online courses, teaching in blended or online classes or training in elearning settings.

How long is a course? 

Each course is 8 weeks. These intensive courses earn 3 Graduate Credits.

Begin January 2015 and complete the certificate in 10 months.

EDUC 760 Elearning for Educators January 5 - February 27, 2015 
EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning March 2 - April 24, 2015
EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-learning May 4 - June 26, 2015
EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation  June 29 - August 21, 2015
EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum + Internship September 14 – November 7, 2015 (Prerequisite: Successful completion with a 3.0 gpa in EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 


It's possible to skip a semester or two between courses if that works better for you than taking the courses back to back. Each course is offered three times per year.

Begin May 2015 and complete the certificate in 10 months.

EDUC 760 960 E-learning for Educators May 4 - June 26, 2015
EDUC 762 961 Assessment in E-learning June 29 - August 21, 2015
EDUC 763 900 Instructional Design for E-Learning August 24 - October 16, 2015
EDUC 761 900 Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation October 19 - December 11, 2015
EDUC 764 930 E-Learning Practicum + Internship January 20 - March 27, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions about the Practicum + Internship
NOTE: Twelve of the course graduate credits may be applied as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program.

Tuition

How much will it cost?

2014-2015 $415 per semester hour graduate credit
Each course is 3 semester hours graduate credit - $1245 total cost per course.
There is no registration fee and no program application.
E-textbooks are provided free.
Full Access to Lynda.com training videos
Full access to Brainfuse personalized tutorials
Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.

Registration


When can I start and how do I register online?

Register online to reserve your spot now. This program is very popular and courses fill well before the start date. There is no registration fee.
All courses are offered three times each year (spring, summer and fall).

Do I need to apply for admission to the university's graduate program?

No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning a Master's degree program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration is available until each session is filled or five business days before the course begins.


Courses


What is the prerequisite?

Completion of a bachelor's degree


May I enroll in one course, such as Instructional Design for Elearning, without taking the other courses?

Yes, many students enroll in a single course and do not take the other courses.


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How will a graduate certificate help me?

Include your graduate certificate courses on your resume and LinkedIn profile as an indication of your commitment to acquiring new skills and extending your knowledge.

Add our graduate certificate to your existing masters degree to demonstrate subject matter expertise in e-learning.
Share your certificate projects in an online portfolio showcasing your expertise and competencies.

"... for students balancing the jobs they must have with the advanced education they desire – a situation faced by most students today – completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."
~ The Certificate Solution


What type of online teaching job opportunities are available?

The courses are designed for experienced trainers and educators interested in entering the field of online teaching or those who wish to blend web-based instruction into their face-to-face classes. Our students are:
  • Trainers in corporations, nonprofit organizations, business, government, and military
  • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full time)
  • College and university professors (adjunct and full time)
  • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
  • Health educators involved in patient education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
  • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education leaders
  • Continuing education facilitators
Check out our E-learning Graduate Certificate Magazine - Finding E-Learning Jobs.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is there an application fee?

No

Is the course open to international students?

Yes, students from 23 different countries have enrolled in this program.

Will I receive a certificate document to include with my resume?

Yes, upon completion of all five online courses, you will receive an official certificate from the university, in addition to the 15 graduate credits on your University of Wisconsin-Stout transcript.


Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Yes, you can work online from anywhere in the world. We encourage veterans and military service members working at the graduate level to join our program. UW-Stout was selected as a Military Friendly School, and this honor places us in the top 15 percent of all schools nationwide.


What are the participation expectations?

Expectations


Is financial aid available?

You may qualify for aid if you are enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Master of Science in Education degree program and enrolled in a minimum of five (5) credits.


Will this include designing self-paced learning materials?

For those who seek training in the skills necessary to develop self-paced e-learning products, print materials, computer-based training, orientations and compliance tutorials, project management or redesign of existing curriculum for just-in-time delivery and electronic performance support systems (EPSS) consider our Instructional Design Certificate program.

Benefits


  • Eight-week intensive online courses
  • Expert facilitation by veteran online instructors
  • Small, highly interactive classes
  • Professional-quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Career mentoring and job placement assistance
  • Highly competitive tuition
  • Credits apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program
  • Accreditation

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University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: (530) 318-1145

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Critical Thinking: Teaching and Learning



My father taught me to 'always examine the premise' of an argument.   He explained that if you accepted someone's premise you could be easily convinced they were 'right'.  If you looked skeptically at the basis of their argument  you would think more clearly and argue your for your position more effectively.  Dad wanted me to become a lawyer. I almost did, but chose education instead.  I wanted to work with people when they were at their best.

I've been fortunate   I've had many great teachers. The one that had the biggest impact on my 'critical thinking' was Dr. Richard Paul.

He was the keynote speaker at a education conference I attended in the late 80's.  His talk was challenging.  He took the crowd to task and spent an hour beating the educational establishment like a cheap drum for not systematically teaching critical thinking. I loved it. It felt good to have my own beliefs validated in a dramatic and Socratic manner

Dr. Paul's ideas and passion lit me up.  I was lucky to run into him in the hotel bar. We had 2 hours of fascinating discussion, part debate, part conversation. This talk changed my teaching life. I learned I could hang in with a heavy weight thinker.  I saw a way to make a change in my classroom.

Richard Paul was a man who made me think.  And it was good.

I bought his books.  I used his Socratic questioning methods in class. I printed and hung a banner that said:  Learn how to think! on my classroom wall. This became one of my foundation values as a teacher.  It remains so to this day.

Feeling the Heat

One of my most cherished memories is of being pilloried in the principal's office by an outraged parent. This particular father had a truly brilliant daughter. She had a hungry inquisitive mind. Critical thinking gave her a way to understand her world.

Dad didn't like it. His voice shook with anger as he pointed at me and shouted:

"How dare you teach my child to challenge authority!"  
I'll admit that I was very upset by this at the time. It didn't change my teaching methods but it did make me aware that some folks believe that critical thinking is dangerous. Over the years that encounter has become a badge of honor. 

Richard Paul's work clarified by thinking about teaching. I wanted to attend the summer session at his Foundation for Critical Thinking in Sonoma California but simply couldn't afford the time or money.(Being a young teacher with a growing family and a pitiful pay check had it's limitations.)  Now, I truly regret not following that path. 

Recently I found a great two part video from Richard Paul that reminded me why I wanted to learn more from him.  I watched both videos several times.  Once again his ideas lit me up.

Critical Thinking - Standards of Thought - Part 1 http://youtu.be/gNCOOUK-bMQ




Critical Thinking - Standards of Thought - Part 2 Foundation for Critical Thinking: http://youtu.be/Ksk2-ayoBck

Dr. Paul was a lot more interesting in that bar in Arizona than he is in these brief lectures. Still he lays out the foundations of critical thinking in less that a half an hour.

As I wrote this, I  thought about my access to professional development education and the long drive to Sonoma that kept me from attending Paul's training in the 1980's,  "I wish there had been an online option back then."

So I just checked and found there are two online courses offered through Cal-State Sonoma on critical thinking for instructors.  I'm tempted! http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/online-courses-for-instructors/574

Dennis O'Connor -- Thinking about thinking in La Jolla CA while the piano player echos the halls with fine music.


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Comment by redAlumnos on November 7, 2011 at 9:35am

Hello all:

I would like to introduce you on a new Social Learning Envronment, redAlumnos.com a free web site for teachers and students, where teachers can:

  • Create groups for their students.
  • Share documents, videos, links, pictures…
  • Make online tests.
  • Set timetables.
  • Create classroom events.
  • Mini-blogging features.
  • Manage homework, webquests…

And pupils can:

  • Integrate all subjects, courses and activities in a single web.
  • Download teacher’s documents.
  • Manage and upload pictures.
  • Upload an create on-line their own documents.
  • Create their own groups of friends or classmates.
  • Be teachers and studens at the same time.

Parents can:

  • See what their sons do.
  • Keep in touch with teachers.
  • Manage their own groups.
  • Be students, too.

You don’t need a server, you don’t need to pay, just join and go! It’s free and easy, available in english, spanish and polish.

http://www.redalumnos.com/

See you at redAlumnos!!!

Comment by GoldStudent on May 19, 2011 at 1:58am

Hello,

I would like to introduce you our website: http://www.goldstudent.com

It is a fun, easy and effective online math enrichment and assistance program for students K-6. It is designed to help children improve their problem-solving skills, gain confidence in their math abilities and have fun while they learn.

We have just launched our Free Trial! You can now create an account without any charges.

Please tell us what do you think.

Thanks!

Comment by Language Lab Designer on September 18, 2010 at 2:10am
We are seeking technologically enlightened teachers for advice and feedback on our new online language teaching tool. Please get in contact if you are interested!
Comment by Cem Can on September 13, 2010 at 1:29am
Dear colleagues and friends,

I was just wondering if you had some questionnaire/checklist to obtain data on foreign language teachers' perceptions on the use of Web2.0 tools. I would like to collect data on this topic. The results will be shared here, of course.

Many thanks for your assistance and cooperation in advance.

Cem Can
Comment by Dennis O'Connor on June 2, 2010 at 12:39pm
David, I really appreciate how active you've been in this forum. Keep posting, you do us all a service.

I've used a number of screen cast technologies. My current favorite is Screenr, which has a good deal of flexibility in formats and posting. The five minute limit is a good reminder to keep video short and sweet.

I like Jing too, but it requires you to download some code to your local computer. This often means a firewall block in school labs. I've been able to use screenr in these situations because it is entirely in the clouds.

~ Den
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Comment by Nasser Beeharry on October 4, 2009 at 12:36pm
hi im nasser beeharry from mauritius. would like to know a bit about elearning. i have launched www.ssr,mu for primary school children in mauritus . please visit my site and semd your feedbacks on edu@ssr.mu
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Hi everybody! This is my first e-geology-lesson.
http://ta-pa-ri.weebly.com/index.html
Please tell me what you think?
Comment by Chantelle Manciel on September 30, 2009 at 7:44pm
Check out this new site for connecting classrooms. It incorporates recorded video chat, blogs and messaging as the main mediums for communication.

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