Course Description

Whether you are new or experienced with online teaching, get the best instruction from the foremost authorities in this Digital Badge that thousands have taken for both fundamental and advanced training. Learn how to build an online course or improve one that currently exists. Learn to foster online discussion and encourage student interaction. The three required courses cover traditional assessment and online testing, and will give you both the fundamentals and advanced tips and techniques. Your instructors are authors, speakers and consultants in online learning and teaching.

The Digital Badge requires completion of three courses: Fostering Online Discussion, Designing Online Instruction and Advanced Teaching Online. These courses may also be taken individually.

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About Your Instructors

Dr. Rita-Marie Conrad is an online faculty member for Fielding Graduate Institute and Walden University as well as Senior Consultant for the Learning Resources Network (LERN). She began her online career and spent over a decade at Florida State University where she developed and led two online programs: the Instructional Systems major in Performance Improvement and Human Resource Development, and the Instructional Systems major in Open and Distance Learning. She has designed and taught online courses on topics such as online collaboration, learning theories, designing online instruction, and developing eLearning strategies for training programs.

Rita has consulted on the design and implementation of online learning courses, evaluated online programs, managed technology-related projects, and provided educational technology consulting and training to K-12 teachers and higher education faculty. She interacts with hundreds of faculty as an online instructor for courses such as Designing Online Instruction sponsored by the Learning Resources Network (LERN). She has presented at conferences sponsored by the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), the University of Wisconsin, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, League of Innovation, and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) on a variety of online learning topics.

She co-authored two books with Judith Boettcher, Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web in 1999 and 2004,and The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips (2010). She wrote Engaging the Online Learner in 2004 with J. Ana Donaldson, and Assessing Learners Online in 2008 with Albert Oosterhof and Donald Ely. Rita has a Ph.D. in instructional systems from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in educational media and computers from Arizona State University.

William A. Draves is author of the book Advanced Teaching Online. More than 6,000 faculty and teachers have taken his online courses. He does consulting and training on creating online courses, and has been interviewed by Wired.com, The New York Times, NPR, NBC Nightly News, and other media.  

Dr. Mary Dereshiwsky is an expert in online teaching and creator of the online teaching technique “continuous engagement.” She is a professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she teaches graduate courses online. She has taught other instructors how to teach online for more than five years. 



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Section Title
Online/Internet Based
Jun 01, 2020 to Aug 28, 2020
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $495.00
Section Notes

For further information on this Digital Badge, please contact Darby Lanpher at 847.925.6363.

These three courses are also offered individually.

Login information will be sent to your email three days prior to the start of class.

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