University of Wisconsin Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
Online Professional Development
UW-Stout can help you achieve your goals.
UW-Stout can help you achieve your goals.
Concepts, methods and research for creating and facilitating a collaborative online community of practice.
This course is about facilitating and building an e-learning community and is designed for educators, technical college and community college instructors, university instructors, curriculum consultants, and corporate trainers who want to become highly qualified in facilitating online learning in blended or fully online courses.
Improve your time/workload management techniques including organization of email, class environment and time-saving strategies for working with difficult students in the online classroom.
Course activities include hands-on practice using asynchronous communication technologies. You will actively facilitate and explore questioning skills, conflict resolution, netiquette, and collaborative learning through problem solving scenarios, simulations, and online discussions.
You will discuss pitfalls to avoid when facilitating online class activities and explore various assessment tools to analyze, assess, and encourage student participation in online discussions.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and is the fourth in a series of five required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.
NOTE: You may enroll in this individual course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer to another university.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there is one required live chat session in Week 7. Participants will determine a time that is convenient for all. This class is essential for those who are interested in a career as an online instructor.
Readings will be assigned from the following textbook.
Lehmann, Kay and Lisa Chamberlin (2009). Making the Move to eLearning: Putting Your Course Online. Rowman & Littlefield Education Publishers. (Paperback) ISBN-13: 978-1-60709-041-0.
Purchase the paperback from amazon.com used, new or as an e-book. Additional readings and lectures will be available online within the text of each module.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Course objectives are aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards, (NETS-T) III, VI
No travel to campus is required. Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule, however this is not a self-paced course.
The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
"...the course design fostered a level of cohesive participant interaction that I have not experienced in many places. The instructors provided an effective model of online facilitation while teaching about online instruction. This could have easily exposed the underbelly of a weak course. Collaborative Communities stood up to that challenge.
Every potential online instructor should take this class."
~ Paul Mugan, High school biology teacher, Waverly, Iowa
“The time management techniques and resources shared related to prepping, first week activities and what to do during and after your online course ends were pure gold! I am using these resources now as I prepare to go live with my next online course. ”
~Jennette Kane, Technology Integration Supervisor,Pepper Pike, Ohio
“Your modeling of facilitation was stellar, and this has been a wonderful experience. "
~Sarah Regan, Principal, Tampa, Florida
"From the psychological to the practical, the information and the resources I obtained in the course equipped me to successfully navigate the paradigm shift from the traditional to the online setting and facilitate a rich, learner-centered online community of practice. Finally, the course text, Making the Move to eLearning: Putting your Course Online, has repeatedly been an invaluable addition to my resource library."
~ Traci Skog,Instructional Designer, Wilson, Wisconsin
"I loved the course because I learned how to be a great online facilitator. I learned about my strengths and weaknesses and how to use both to my advantage. And I learned to think differently about learning in an online environment.
Lisa Chamberlin and Kay Lehmann are national experts in e-learning. Their course modeled an exemplary elearning community of practice. They created a course environment that was learner-centered, assessment-centered, and content-centered all at once. Their facilitator approach empowered me to reach my potential as an elearning collaborative student and future course instructor."
~ Shelley Lee Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
"Thank you for being current and future pioneers ensuring that
learners like me are able to have meaningful interactions and know the
difference between good and bad facilitation techniques. The work and materials that you provided in this course are what I can use and not just leave on a shelf."
~ Deborah Pace, Director of Employer Relations, Springfield, Massachusetts