Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2014 Summer OLLIE and MOLLIE Course Schedule

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Online Learning for Iowa Educators (OLLIE) is a foundational five-course sequence to help 
individuals become online instructors, whether at the post-graduate level, for professional development, or at the K-12 level. For more information on OLLIE and the sequence, please visit http://www.aeapdonline.org/p/ollie.html

In 2013, we introduced More Online Learning for Iowa Educators (MOLLIE), a simple name to describe our secondary layer of professional development aimed to help current online instructors looking to improve their practice. MOLLIE features a set of electives in specific aspects of online teaching and learning to be explored more closely.

OLLIE: Introduction to the Online Learner (1 credit)
In his book, Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen boldly predicts that half of 9-12 grade instruction will be online by 2019. But what is online instruction? How does learning take place online? What do students need to be successful?

This course helps educators understand what online learning is like from the student perspective. It gives a firm foundation for the different type of activities that constitute online learning, as well as a solid pedagogical base for what students need in order to be successful.

This course is intended for all educators, including those who will teach online or those individuals who are not planning on teaching but wish to understand online learning from the student perspective.
Dates and Registration Links
April 2 - April 22 Register here.
June 4 - June 24 Register here.
July 9 - July 29 Register here.

OLLIE: Technology for Online Instruction (2 credits)
With the demand for online instruction rising, both in K-12 and for professional development, instructors need support in understanding the available tools and their appropriate pedagogical use.

This course will help teachers feel comfortable using Moodle for a host of different purposes, including online courses, hybrid courses, web portals, and online communities. Participants will develop content in the Moodle platform, including activities, forums, lessons, and assessments. Skills and concepts will be analyzed in context of the Iowa Online Teaching Standards and Online Course Standards. The course is delivered online, in an asynchronous delivery (participants work at their own time and place).
Dates and Registration Links
May 7 - June 10 Register here.

OLLIE: Instructional Design (2 credits)
This course introduces educators to the core principles of online instructional design. Participants will experience and discuss how to create student outcomes, assessments, and lessons for an online asynchronous format. They also will have exposure to existing online technologies, including web 2.0 tools, as well as online resources and repositories. Participants will create two instructional units, with lessons and assessments, and will practice their understanding with work in small groups. All content and activities created by participants will be able to be used after class is completed.
Dates and Registration Links
June 11 - July 15 Register here.

OLLIE: Online Facilitation (2 credits)
Teaching online is not the same as teaching face-to-face. There are many differences between the two, and a quality online instructor will understand strategies that they use in an online format.

This course gives instructors an understanding of the important differences to teaching online. The course pays particular attention to the biggest challenges that beginning teachers face, such as how often to provide response to students, how to overcome the barrier of no face-to-face communication, and how to ensure academic integrity. And most importantly, this course focuses on the current research and best practices in establishing an online community among students.
Dates and Registration Links
April 2 - May 6 Register here.
July 23 - Aug 26 Register here.

MOLLIE: Blended Learning (2 credits)
The US Department of Education, with its landmark study "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning" (2008), found blended learning to be more effective than either face-to-face or fully online learning, concurring with many other studies performed at the higher education level. Blended learning offers much potential to bring the best of technology infused practices and flexibility found in the online format with the direct personal contact of a face-to-face classroom.

The downside is that many teachers are not prepared to implement blended learning in their classroom. This course gives an introduction to teachers on what makes blended learning, and what are the best practices for a blended learning classroom. Participants will look at several different models of blended learning, spanning age levels and curriculum areas, and will develop their own plan to bring blended learning to their classroom.
Dates and Registration Links
May 7 - June 10 Register here.
June 11-July 15 Register here.

MOLLIE: Designing Online Lessons (including Soft Chalk) (2 credits)
An online instructor faces a unique challenge when designing lessons. While online lessons need to keep the rigor and higher-order thinking that a face-to-face lesson contains, they must do so in a flexible format that allows a student to choose their own time, place, and pace.

This course focuses on the design process for online lessons, both text-based as well as spoken. Special attention is spent on attributes (such as hypertext, pullouts, manipulatives, and embedded activities) that bring interaction to a lesson. This course will also give the participant training in the Soft Chalk platform, a tool for Iowa educators to build online content.
Dates and Registration Links
April 2 - May 6 Register here.
June 11 - July 15 Register here.

July 23 - Aug 26 Register here.

MOLLIE: Online Teaching Best Practices (2 credits)
More and more people are choosing to learn online. In order to ensure that they are getting the most out of their online learning experiences, it is becoming increasingly important to that course designers and/or instructors are engaging in best practices for online learning.
This course will ask participants to explore online teaching standards, examine exemplars in sample online classes, and seek ways to apply these standards in an effort to improve their own practice.

Dates and Registration Links
April 2 - May 6 Register here.
July 16 - Aug 19 Register here.

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Upcoming Courses

See below for a list of upcoming online professional learning opportunities. To register, click on the activity number listed with each course. To conduct your own search for professional development classes, download the AEA PD Online app at myapp.is/aeapdonline or click here to go to the AEA PD Online catalog.

MOLLIE: Designing Online Lessons, Including Softchalk
Dig deep into how to design and build text-based and spoken lessons for an online environment.
Register at 22017999991403
Course Dates: April 2-May 6, 2014
Credit(s):  2

MOLLIE: Online Teaching Best Practices
Make your online course more robust and rigorous by studying and applying the online teaching standards to your course.
Register at 22019699991401
Course Dates: April 2-May 6, 2014
Credit(s):  2

OLLIE: Introduction to the Online Learner
Discover what online learning is like from the student perspective.
Register at 22001399991406
Course Dates: April 2-April 22, 2014
Credit(s):  1

OLLIE: Online Facilitation
Learn about the differences between online and face-to-face instruction and online facilitation strategies that will increase student learning.
Register at 22009699991403
Course Dates: April 2-May 6, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Spanish for Educators Online
Learn basic Spanish with a focus on the vocabulary of the education workplace.
Register at 22000799991403
Course Dates: April 3-May 15, 2014
Credit(s): 3 (License Renewal Only)

Pinterest in the Classroom
Leverage Pinterest to improve classroom practice and ultimately student learning.
Register at 22019999991401
Course Dates: April 7-May 4, 2014
Credit(s): 2

Building Common Core Foundational Skills-The Voweletics Method
Dig into the literacy Iowa Core Foundational Skills and find out how understanding the phonetic basis of English can help students be successful.
Register at 22016699991404
Course Dates: April 7-June 1, 2014
Credit(s): 2

Formative Assessment With and Without Technology
Fill your toolbox with formative assessment strategies and ideas that will allow you to make powerful instructional decisions to improve teaching and learning in your classroom.
Register at 22018299991403
Course Dates: April 7-May 11, 2014
Credit(s):  2

iPods and iPads for the Classroom
Learn to implement Apple's iPods & iPads into your classroom. Harness the power of Google Apps and create learning environments that support collaboration.
Register at 22004199991409
Course Dates: April 14-May 11, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Differentiating through Drama (The Good Kind You can Use in the Classroom)
Incorporate drama into your instruction and assessment toolbox.
Register at 22019899991401
Course Dates: April 21-May 11, 2014
Credit(s): 1

iLife in the Classroom
Spice up daily instruction by learning how to use iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand with your students.
Register at 22004299991406
Course Dates: April 28-May 25, 2014
Credit(s): 2

Introduction to Google Apps
Discover how Google Apps can improve students’ 21st century skills.
Register at 22007899991409
Course Dates: April 28-June 1, 2014
Credit(s): 2

iPods and iPads for the Classroom
Incorporate iPods and iPads into classroom instruction.
Register at 22004199991410
Course Dates: May 5-June 1, 2014
Credit(s): 2

Pinterest in the Classroom
Leverage Pinterest to improve classroom practice and ultimately student learning.
Register at 22019999991401
Course Dates: May 5-June 1, 2014
Credit(s): 2

Using the iPad in the Social Studies Classroom
Unleash the power of mobile learning in your social studies classroom by exploring how to use them to engage students in collaboration, critical thinking, and creative learning opportunities
Register at 22014899991402
Course Dates: May 5-June 9, 2014
Credit(s): 2

MOLLIE: Blended Learning
Discover how to blend classroom instruction so that students have the flexibility of online learning and the benefits of face-to-face instruction.
Register at 22015099991406
Course Dates: May 7-June 10, 2014
Credit(s): 2

OLLIE: Technology for Online Learning
This course will help teachers become “Moodle-savvy.”
Register at 22005399991403
Course Dates: May 7-June 10, 2014
Credit(s): 2

Improving Instrumental Instruction: IBA Conference 2014
A blended learning class that combines the face-to-face Iowa Bandmasters Conference with online reflection, reading, and research around classroom practice.
Register at 22019599991401
Course Dates: May 14-June 7, 2014
Credit(s): 2

External Partners

Implementing Digital Citizenship-District-wide
Date: March 24, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Learn how to help your district integrate digital citizenship and create a positive school climate around media and technology.

Register here.

This webinar is sponsored by edWeb.net

Supporting Educators with Implementing STEM along with the Common Core
Date: March 31, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
What types of professional development activities can support educators with understanding and implementing STEM initiatives along with the Common Core? Hear from a panel of leaders and educators who are working to support teachers with STEM and Common Core implementation. Webinar participants are encouraged to share ways that they are providing professional development for STEM and Common Core during this interactive webinar.

To log into this webinar, click on the ETLO Webinar Room link : http://go.edc.org/march31webinar (you may need to install blackboard collaborate launcher to view the webinar)
This webinar is sponsored by EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO)

AEAs on Air: Happy Birthday iPad!
Date: April 3, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Iowa's AEA technology integration consultants will be teaming up to provide a series of mini-webinars this year! These short sessions will run at various times throughout the day and will cover the topics around themes listed below. These Hangouts on Air will only be 10-20 minutes and run throughout the day. Visit the website to check out the hangout schedule! The hangouts will be recorded and posted on the page with resources so if you can't attend live you can always go back and watch later.

New Teacher Toolkit: Using Web 2.0 Tools to Support your Practice
Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
The first years of practice for teachers can be filled with great hope and exhilaration, as well as fatigue and anxiety. Without adequate support, new teachers often struggle through their early days, months, and years in the classroom. Beginning teachers need access to support so they can be empowered to use strategies to help them not just survive, but thrive in the classroom.
This webinar will present five tools that new teachers can easily use as they begin their first years of instructional focus in the classroom. We will pay particular attention to the emerging role that social media groups and global connections can play in supporting new teachers.
Whether you are a new teacher, coach or mentor to new teachers, this webinar has something for you.  
Sponsored by Follett and edWeb.net

Choosing the Right Learning Management System for Your School
Date: April 22, 2014
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
In case you didn’t know, your school needs to utilize a Learning Management System (LMS) to truly be considered a 21st Century learning environment. Join Shannon Holden as he shows educators how to save time and effort by putting coursework online for students and parents to access. He also will reveal an LMS that used to be expensive that is now FREE for teachers and administrators to use!

Finding a Safe Environment Where Your Students Can Blog
Date: May 20, 2014
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
A ton of research and anecdotal evidence exists that proves an increase in writing proficiency for students who write frequently. Blogging is a great way for students to write online – but teachers often are afraid to encourage students to blog due to privacy and safety concerns.  Join New Teacher Coach Shannon Holden as he reveals several free (and secure) blogging platforms for students and teachers to use.
Sponsored by Shutterfly Photo Story for the Classroom and EdWeb.net