Professional Development for Educators


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For most CPE credit courses, each Level of a course completed is awarded a CPE badge providing verification of the number of professional development hours credited with Level 4 concluding the course. A course badge is awarded at the completion of the course.

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As online learning has become mainstream more students with disabilities are enrolling in online courses. This resource course will explore ways to make your course more accessible. The seven lessons are a basic introduction to the most outstanding issues regarding accessibility for online learning. No CPE credit awarded.

Learn the basics and the importance of captioning videos for accessibility. No CPE credit available.

As online learning has become mainstream more students with disabilities are enrolling in online courses. This course will discuss challenges these students face, analyze assistive technologies, and explore ways to make your course more accessible. The relationship between the Americans with Disabilities (508) and web-based learning will be synthesized for your own online courses. CPE credit is provided for this course.

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The Campus Administrator is the leader of the Campus Support Team. The Campus Administrator, Site Coordinator, Student Facilitator and the *Technician make up the local Campus Support Team.

The expectations for this tutorial are to guide the participant in the knowledge and skills to successfully facilitate the implementation of online learning and direct the implementation process. No CPE credit is provided for this course.

The Site Coordinator oversees the policies, registration, and implementation of the courses to the students.

The expectations of this tutorial are to provide support to the participant in order to acquire the knowledge and skills to successfully facilitate the implementation of online learning and to oversee the process for online students at the campus level. No CPE credit is provided for this course.

Onsite or Student Facilitators are responsible for guiding independent, motivated, and technologically literate students toward online coursework.

Their role is to help students with their self-management, motivation, and other specific problems that students may encounter. CPE credit is provided for this course.

How to stay safe and enjoy living in a digital world...

This tutorial is designed for teachers of students ages 11-18 who are learning to use the Internet. It supplies common sense tips for staying safe while using a wide range of network based tools. No CPE credit available.

You will find resources exploring acceptable use and the internet. Many acceptable use policies (AUPs) incorporate aspects of internet safety, conduct, research, and exploration. These are important documents that help to encourage or discourage specific conduct while using the internet. The tutorial is split into several sections that will highlight each area briefly and will allow teachers to expand lessons or to adapt them to a school's particular AUP. Several sections of the tutorial also suggest opportunities for students to explore aspects of AUP that affect their online lives. No CPE credit is provided for this course.

You will find resources exploring researching with copyright considerations. There are teacher resources located here as well. This content contains many helpful video links. Videos labeled "(.mov-QuickTime video)" will require Apple's QuickTime software for playback. QuickTime can be downloaded for free at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/ No CPE credit is provided for this course.

Participants will learn and practice effective, practical and creative strategies and techniques for the live online environment. Concrete approaches for synchronous facilitation will abound, as will ideas for the design of real-time activities that take learning and collaborating online to a whole new level.

The area provides access to recorded online sessions, has discussion forums for dialogue and questions, and also a database of great ideas to be used in Webinars. No CPE credit is provided for this course.

Live and recorded webinars feature informative and engaging training for implementing and supporting an online learning initiative.

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