Certificate in eLearning Pedagogy
Prepare for effective online teaching.
The Certificate in eLearning Pedagogy program prepares instructors to effectively teach online, understand the most current practices in the field of distance education, and implement the range of tools that impact student learning, classroom community, and instructor pedagogy. This is 21st-century professional development.
The program domains and goals focus on three key areas:
- Developing expertise in the most current web-based educational tools
- Designing high impact online lessons and assessments
- Promoting and advocating for useful digital learning paradigms
The sequence of courses focuses on implementing best practices in delivering effective instruction for distance education students in fully online courses. Learn how to become an effective online instructor, how to design digital learning experiences that promote academic and social development, and how to cultivate high levels of student engagement.
This certificate program is designed to benefit educators at both the K-12 and college-level, regardless of discipline.
The eLearning Pedagogy Certificate is aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE-T) professional standards for teachers. This is a post-bac, graduate-level program, and it does not lead to any certification. For students interested in pursuing a Masters of Education with an emphasis in eLearning Pedagogy, these courses transfer into that MEd degree program.
- Application – A completed application.
- Bachelor’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
- EDU500 - Critical Issues in eLearning Paradigms
- EDU505 - Developing Community and Student Engagement in Online Contexts
- EDU510 - Designing High Impact eLearning Environments
- EDU515 - Pedagogical Tools for eLearning
- EDU520 - Adult Learning and the Digital World
This course is designed to examine theories of eLearning and the application in modern learning organizations. The course also examines how learning at a distance is influenced by technology and how the changing tools of technology are shaping this type of learning. Furthermore, critical, social, cultural, and political issues are also examined in relationship to the evolution of these variables and their impact on distance learning. Finally, implications are examined regarding the capacity to connect and how it can conversely drive these levels of change.3 Credits
This course is designed to help students take critical steps in designing and promoting community in a distance-learning environment. The goal of the development of this community is to enhance opportunities for engagement en route to maximizing learning. Students explore web-based communities of practice and the review the impact on team and individual learning. Opportunities for strategic application are examined as well.3 Credits
This course focuses on techniques for designing digital environments that are impactful and engaging. Students analyze distance-learning environments and review the historical notion that earlier incantations of distance learning simply meant bringing that which was presented in real time to a virtual learning space. Students review and identify eLearning environments that are highly engaging, have high levels of impact, and create levels of connectivity that inspire deeper levels of learning.3 Credits
This course is designed to identify tools for virtual pedagogy and to assist students as they begin to establish the sensibility to choose the most effective eLearning tool for the right situation. Effective instruction in a virtual learning environment requires a wide variety of pedagogical strategies for supporting learning at a distance. This course helps students to begin to establish effective instructional strategies for teaching in an online environment.3 Credits
This course is designed to analyze current trends and challenges with adult learning in the online environment. Students identify how the instruction is affected with the use of digital tools. A number of learning theories have been developed over the years that relate to the capacity for adults to establish deeper levels of understanding. This course examines those learning theories in relationship to what it means to work and learn in a digital environment.3 Credits