EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dennis O'Connor
Fall: August 28 - December 15, 2017 - $1323 due October 11, 2017

Tuition and Registration

Enrollment limited to ten students.


During the practicum, you will teach online with a cooperating instructor gaining valuable real world online teaching experience. A customized internship is available for those already teaching online. Successful completion of the practicum earns the E-Learning Certificate.

You Will

  • Facilitate student discussions.
  • Utilize the instructor side of learning management systems.
  • Accurately evaluate online student performance.
  • Participate in peer reviews.
  • Use a rubric to self-evaluate teaching performance.
  • Sustain a reflective mindset.
  • Develop an ongoing professional learning network.
  • Finalize a professional e-portfolio.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Practicum

Course Description

Practicum in teaching online with a cooperating online instructor. Application of online pedagogy and technology evaluated through observation, discussion and reflections.

GPA of 3.0 or higher in each of the five e-learning courses (15 credits) is required to receive the certificate


E-textbooks will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Palloff, Rena M. and Pratt, Keith. (2013). Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching (2nd ed). Jossey-Bass ISBN: 978-111812373

Palloff, Rena M. and Pratt, Keith. (2007). Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (2nd ed). John Wiley & Sons ISBN: 978-0787988258

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from online bookstores such as, Barnes & Noble or Be sure to allow for delivery time. NOTE the ISBN number and 2nd edition.

Additional recommended web-based articles will be available via the course modules.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a web-based learning environment using a learning management system to create and revise an accessible sequence of instruction that includes knowledge delivery, student response, and summative evaluation.  

  2. Apply multiple technology-enabled measures to accurately evaluate online student performance. 

  3. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions related to diversity and engage all online students with exceptionalities through e-learning conversations.

  4. Facilitate threaded discussions by synthesizing themes and applying questioning skills. 

  5. Use multiple technologies to communicate in a timely, clear, and professional manner with students and colleagues. 

  6. Create an articulate and detailed professional development plan setting goals based on lessons learned during the practicum. 

  7. Publish a technically proficient electronic portfolio of learning artifacts created during the practicum and other classes of the E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program. 

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10
Wisconsin Standards for Administrator Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 3, 5, 7

International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, NETS-T

No travel to campus is required. You may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.

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.


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The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

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Contact Us: Dennis O'Connor, Program Advisor
E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: (530) 318-1145
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Our Students Say. . .

"The practicum combines scholarly learning, practical experience and the latest online tools and research while being coached and mentored by a group of dedicated and experienced instructors. I am proud to have had the opportunity to achieve my certification from UW-Stout in this program. Don't stop pushing the envelope! You are doing a great job!"
~Rick Gauger
Knapp, Wisconsin


"One of the things that has really struck me is the sense of camaraderie that develops in these classes between people who have never met before, face to face. I think this is very contrary to what most people think. They expect that an online class will be totally devoid of human interaction, and I'm thoroughly convinced that there is more... it's just not face to face. If I had it to do all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat."
~ Loren Rochester, Special Projects Manager/Training & Development Madison, Wisconsin

"... Experiencing an online course from the vantage point of a learner offered me invaluable insight in course content, design, and establishing a community of learners. To foster successful online teaching, classroom management and teacher communication skills are paramount. "
~ Dianne Scott, English Department Chair
North Dakota Center for Distance Education


"The culminating practicum allowed me to put theory into practice under the guidance of a supportive, experienced mentor. Today I am working as an online facilitator, with the opportunity to live my professional dream, all thanks to the excellent education I received through UW-Stout."
~ Patricia Hutton, Online Facilitator
South Plainfield, New Jersey


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University of Wisconsin - Stout is proud to be the first university in Wisconsin to be certified for excellence in distance education practices.

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