Thursday, May 30, 2019

EDUC 664 Teaching K-12 Coding and Computational Thinking

EDUC 664 Teaching K-12 Coding and Computational Thinking
Learn strategies to help students think critically and solve problems creatively using technology.

Create unique tasks and design challenges that integrate computational thinking with concepts in engineering design thinking, the maker movement, STEM, and all curricular areas.

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Jennifer Kennedy
Summer: June 10 - August 2, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Rubrics to help you hit the target now! Online Classes to hit the target this summer

Courses and Rubrics

2019 Summer Classes

Final Call for June Online Classes – Register Today!
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Featured Resources – There’s a Rubrics for That!
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Show Me, don't tell me: Quick Rubric Video Tutorial from Richard Byrne

Byrne demonstrates how to use the free online tool Quick Rubric in a 5 minute video.

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Summer Tuition Due Date

July 17, 2019 - 100% Tuition Due

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Featured Resources - Rubrics

Creating and Using Rubrics for Assessment 
Learn more about rubrics and alternative assessments. Find what you need by exploring dozens of categories and rubric examples

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything: Assessment Rubrics
Rubrics, especially those that are revised as you use them, age very well.

Kathy Schrock gives us a deep archive of rubrics that she updates regularly.

Video Project Rubric
UW-Stout's most popular rubric. Includes design, production quality, and captioning.

Elementary Teamwork Rubric
Help your kids understand assessment criteria as they work together on end of the year projects.

Online Discussion Rubric
This rubric describes practices in the online classroom. Here you’ll find well-crafted criteria for critical analysis, community participation, etiquette, and quality of writing.

EPortfolio (Digital Portfolio) Rubric
What makes an exemplary EPortfolio? This rubric will show you the way.

Game Rubric: Assessing Student Learning in Virtual Simulations and Serious Games
A grading rubric created by Ann Bell with 6 performance criteria.

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Apply Today!
Degree Overview and Financial Aid Options

Our Master of Science in Education is a 30-credit Master's degree that features all online courses and offers a flexible curriculum to meet your professional development goals.

Select courses (11 credits) within an interest area, earn a certificate, or mix and match classes from several areas.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Become an Instructional Designer

Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Homepage

Our program is designed for professionals interested in
enhancing their skills, developing focused competency in instructional
design or switching careers.

Tuition and Financial Aid

How much will it cost?

There is no registration fee and no program application.

E-textbooks are provided at no additional costs in most of the courses.

Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.

Click here for updated Tuition Costs.

Do I need to apply for admission to the university's graduate program?

No, students who are enrolling for professional development and
continuing education do not need to apply for graduate admission to the

Is financial aid available?

Scholarship Information for Graduate Students

UW-Stout Office of Financial Aid

You may qualify for financial assistance if you are enrolled in a masters
degree program for at least five (5) graduate credits in a semester.

If you plan to apply the certificate graduate credits as electives for your specialization area in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree or as electives in the Master of Science in Career and Technical Education (MSCTE) degree, then you are required to complete an application to the Graduate School.

Stout University Foundation sponsors scholarships for graduate students.


How do I apply online?

Register online
now to reserve your spot. There is no registration fee and no application fee.

When is the registration deadline?

This program is very popular; courses fill early.

Registration closes when the enrollment maximum is reached, and you may request that your name is placed on a waiting list.

Online Course Sequence

Prerequisite: Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Each course is the prerequisite for the next course.

completion with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each course within the
certificate course sequence is required for registration in the next

Course 1: EDUC 765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design

Course 2: EDUC 766 Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods

Course 3: EDUC 767 Designing Computer-Based Training (CBT)

Course 4: EDUC 768 Project Management for Instructional Development

How long does it take to complete the instructional design certificate?

Each course is 8 weeks, and the certificate can be completed in 9 months.

It is possible to skip a term or two between courses if that works
better than taking the courses back to back every term. However, the
courses must be taken in sequence.

How will I create an ePortfolio?

Students may use Google Sites, WordPress
or another method to showcase their skills and knowledge. The
ePortfolio is a major asset during the job search process. Students are
encouraged to provide a link to their ePortfolio in the cover letter, at
the beginning of the resume, and on their LinkedIn profile.

Will I receive a certificate document to include with my resume?

Yes, upon completion of all four online courses, you will receive an
official certificate with the University of Wisconsin-Stout official seal titled "Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design".

Job Opportunities

Where can I find instructional design job listings and hiring trends?

Visit our online center.

University of Wisconsin-Stout Instructional Design Career Center

job search strategies, networking tips, resume and eportfolio
suggestions, volunteer opportunities and freelancing advice.

Job Outlook  (Bright!)

eLearning Guild 2018 US eLearning Salary and Compensation Report

Does UW-Stout provide a professional network for instructional design students?

Yes, all instructional design students who are currently enrolled or
recently graduated are invited to join our LinkedIn E-learning and
Instructional Design Group.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to purchase software?

  • No software purchase is required. The software is available for every experience level as free 30-day downloads.
  • For
    your portfolio project, you will use SCORM compliant multimedia
    software that you download or have used previously or that your
    organization uses such as Udutu, Captivate, or Articulate Storyline.
  • While
    no one can become a multimedia developer overnight, you will gain
    hands-on experience with industry-leading software to develop
    computer-based training, learning objects and eLearning products.

How will a certificate help me?

You may include your ID certificate courses on your resume and
LinkedIn profile as an indication of your commitment to upgrading skill
sets, acquiring new skills and extending your knowledge.

Your online ePortfolio will showcase your certificate projects demonstrating
your instructional design knowledge, expertise and competencies.

"... for students balancing the jobs they must have and the advanced
education they desire – a situation faced by most students today –
completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."

~ The Certificate Solution

Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Yes, we encourage Department of Defense staff, veterans, military
service members, and retired military  working at the graduate level to
join our program.

UW-Stout was selected as a Military Friendly School, and this honor places us in the top 15 percent of all schools nationwide.

Contact our Veteran Services staff with questions about educational benefits.

What is instructional design?

Instructional Design (ID) is the systematic approach to determining
the need for instruction, designing and developing objectives, content,
and assessments around that need, and evaluating the effectiveness of
your design in relationship to instruction.

Our program models best practices in the field by:

  • teaching learners how to design effective instruction for any delivery method
  • aligning appropriate instructional activities and assessments
  • teaching computer-based training and matching technology tools to instructional problems
  • providing students the skills for managing the complete instructional design process

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University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, WI 54751

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tech Tips: Augmented and Virtual Realities

In This Issue

Our New Homepage
What's New for 2019 Spring Classes
Featured Courses: E-learning for Educators and Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
Featured Resources: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in Training and the Classroom
Tech Tip: 25 Resources for Bringing AR and VR to the Classroom

Editor: Dennis O'Connor
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2019 Spring Classes with Openings! 

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EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators 
January 7 - March 1, 2019

Our Students Say...
"She is an excellent example of an online educator, and I will take this experience and attempt to mirror it in my future teaching.

Her style of using YouTube videos for visual instruction was very helpful.”
Our Students Say...
"I got a job!!  Whooohoooo!  It's perfect for me as well. I am hired by Executive Director, Inc., and I'll be the instructional designer for their client, an organization called The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC).  I taught biology and chemistry as a teacher for the last 17 years, and this will be absolutely fascinating. I would not have been able to make this transition without the UW-Stout ID Certificate."
~ Julia Cabaniss, Thiensville, Wisconsin
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Dates to Remember

Spring Tuition Due Date
February 27, 2019 - 100% Tuition Due

Tech Tip

25 Resources for Bringing AR and VR to the Classroom 
Here are ISTE’s quick start recommendations for VR/AR headsets, apps, maker tools, virtual tours, STEM programs, and curriculum.

As always, ISTE has a fresh book to guide you to successful implementation:
Learning Transported 

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Featured Resources

Immersive Technology: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in Training and the Classroom

Key Concept:
“AR = Places objects where you are, VR = Takes you to new places.” Jennifer Albat

AR/VR: How Immersive Learning Technology Is Bringing Education and Training Into the Future
Seeing is believing. Mariel Cariker's article is packed with videos that show you immersive technology in action. The videos help you grasp the complex vocabulary of this technology.

Step into workforce training, healthcare, international hospitality, gaming, k-12 expeditions, workplace productivity, and university science labs.

Don’t miss Michael Bodedaer’s inspiring TED talk on VR in science education at the end of the article.

Can AR/VR Improve Learning? Integrating Extended Reality Into Academic Programs
While it is easy to get caught up in the WOW factor, there are practical issues to consider.

This illuminating #DLNchat summarized by Michael Sano captures the provocative thinking of ed-tech educators, university professors, and researchers brainstorming about accessibility, costs, best practices, and academic realities.

8 Innovative Ways To Use AR/VR Technologies In Online Training
Looking for a way to distinguish your work?

Instructional designers and online trainers will quickly see eight opportunities in this engaging branch of online training.

Innovation: Creating and Learning in AR, VR
Rachelle Dene Poth teaches Foreign Language and STEAM at a junior/senior high school and shares her story about working with virtual reality platforms.

The opportunity to “create, collaborate, problem-solve and be curious” triggers the enthusiasm and engagement of the maker movement to motivate both teachers and students. Inspiring!

Begin your Masters

pply Today!
Degree Overview and Financial Aid Options

Our Master of Science in Education is a 30-credit master’s degree that features all online courses and offers a flexible curriculum to meet your professional development goals.

Select courses (11 credits) within an interest area, earn a certificate, or mix and match courses from several areas.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Can you hear me now? Audio Feedback. Formative and Summative Assessment Ideas

Audio Feedback. Formative and Summative Assessment Ideas
In this issue...

1. Register for a Summer Online Course
2. Creating Audio Feedback
3. Tech Tip: Using Vocaroo to Make Voice Recordings
4. Assessment in ELearning: Our Featured Course
Registration is Open for Summer Online Courses
Meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification.

List of Online Courses with Openings

Register Online 
Sign up today to reserve a spot. 10% of the tuition is due in mid-September with the balance due in October.    
Creating Effective Audio Feedback
Explore the benefits of incorporating audio feedback to build stronger instructor-learner connections. Discover free audio tools that quickly record comments-- often in less time than it takes to write them.
‘Speaking to Students’ with Audio Feedback
Debbie Morrison explains how to use a voice recorder app and Evernote to provide meaningful and useful feedback.  
My Test Run with Audio Feedback
Melissa Venable describes seven audio recording tools including Audacity and Screencast-o-Matic, and offers four “lessons learned” including privacy and file size issues.  
Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback to Enhance Teaching Presence and Students’ Sense of Community(PDF)
Philip Ice and others share results of a study which found that students who received audio feedback “overwhelmingly” preferred audio over written feedback, and felt it increased perceptions of instructor caring as well as sense of involvement in the course.  
Audio- the Personal Touch in Online Courses
Alastair Creelman reports on a study by Cavanaugh and Song which found that students in a composition course were more positive about receiving audio versus written feedback. Instructors tended to provide more global commentary via audio and more local commentary via written feedback.  
Teacher’s Visual Guide on Giving Audio Feedback to Students on Google Drive
Med Kharbach provides the steps to add audio comments to any Google document.  
Kaizena Adds Support for Giving Audio Feedback on Google Presentations
Richard Byrne describes how the Kaizena tool embedded in Google Drive allows instructors to add audio comments to Google presentations.  
Tech Tip: Using Vocaroo to Make Voice Recordings 
(video 2:41 minutes)
Richard Byrne shows how to use the free Web-based recording tool Vocaroo to create audio recordings and export hyperlinked files, QR codes, MP3, or WAV files.    
Featured Online Course

EDU 762 900 Assessment in ELearning - 3 graduate credits

  • Experience audio and video options that save time grading assignments and increase quality feedback.
  • Improve your online teaching effectiveness with hands-on practice using online assessment tools.
  • Sharpen your discussion facilitation and improve student engagement.
  • Understand how to quickly detect, document, and minimize plagiarism in the online classroom.
  • Learn to create strong learning objectives, concise rubrics, and effective assessments for groups and individuals.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Enroll Today: Step 1 to your Instructional Design Certificate

Enroll today

Trends and Issues in Instructional Design

EDUC 765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design

Online Course - 3 semester hours graduate credit

Instructor: Nicholle Stone 

Spring 2018

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

Register early to reserve a spot as this course fills very quickly.

Who Should Enroll

This instructional design online course is open to students seeking professional development, continuing education or license/certification renewal and is also one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design.
Participants may include
  • health educators pursuing a career in educational or service settings in hospitals, dental programs, clinics, long-term care facilities, retirement/assisted living facilities, in-home healthcare or other professionals who deliver instruction or continuing education to health professionals including computer-based learning;
  • continuing education and outreach facilitators in museums, government, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations and military settings;
  • web developers, software designers and computer support personnel who develop reference materials, documentation, and customer support tutorials;
  • instructional designers for textbook or e-learning companies;
  • virtual high school teachers, curriculum coordinators,  professional development coordinators, and continuing education professionals who want to update or expand their knowledge in curriculum development, assessment, and revitalize their teaching and learning strategies;
  • instructional/educational technologists who support educators in redesigning courses.

What You Will Learn

This is an 8-week online instructional design course which provides an introduction to learning theory, instructional design models, and the instructional design and development process. You will study variables that affect adult learning, techniques for stimulating and sustaining learner motivation, and how to reinforce learning. Whether you are in health care, education, business, software development or any other industry, this online course will help you to analyze, design, and develop instruction.
NOTE: Throughout the instructional design certificate courses you will create portfolio quality products. For this course, you will create a course design document and develop a unit or module of instruction.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, if you are enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Master of Science in Education degree program and enrolled in a minimum of five (5) credits.

NOTE: Tuition for students enrolled in a Masters degree program at UW-Stout will be billed at the degree program credit hour rate.

Textbook to Purchase

Purchase the following paperback used from or another online book source.
Mager, Robert F. Preparing instructional objectives: A critical tool in the development of effective instruction (3rd ed.). Center for Effective Performance. 

ISBN: 978-1879618039 
You will be provided a second book as an e-textbook. When you login to the course, you will access the e-textbook to read online from your tablet, 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. 
If you prefer to read a hard copy instead of via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book used or new from an online book source such as or the publisher.
Morrison, R. G., Ross, M. S., Kalman, H.K., & Kemp, E. J. (2013). Designing effective instruction (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 

ISBN: 978-1118359990
Additional recommended web-based articles will be available via the course modules.

What Does an Instructional Designer Do?

"... completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."

~ from Complete College of America, Certificates Count: An Analysis of Sub-Baccalaureate Certificates

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the instructional design course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze processes of designing instruction and summarize the components of instructional design models.
  2. Compare and analyze several models for instructional design.
  3. Apply motivation theory to the instructional design process.
  4. Apply and summarize adult learning theories.
  5. Compare learning theories and create a learning philosophy.
  6. Research and analyze components needed to conduct a front-end analysis for an instructional product and explain variables linked to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  7. Apply research-based design model(s) to an instructional problem.
No travel to campus required. Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, 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; this is not a self-paced class.


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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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University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751 

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