Friday, October 25, 2019

UW-Stout Online Professional Development: Spring and Summer 2020 Registration Open!

Register Now for Free - Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Registration Begins Today!

Tuition for Online Professional Development Courses Spring and Summer 2020: 
  • $452 per semester hour graduate credit
  • $904 for a two-credit course, $1,356 for a three-credit course
  • Tuition is the same fee for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state, and international participants.

There is no registration fee and no technology fee.
Spring Tuition Due Date - March 4, 2020
For courses beginning in January, February, and March 2020

Thursday, October 10, 2019

E-Jobs - Can you show what you know?

I was recently asked by a prospective student about the job market for online teachers and Instructional designers.  

At UW-Stout Online Professional Development, our students seek to enhance their current careers or prepare for a new career by developing marketable skills in online teaching, training, or instructional design.

Many of our students are veteran teachers seeking a new way to use hard won experience.  We also have nurse educators, corporate trainers, content creators, instructional technologists, and project managers earning these Graduate Certificates.

Are you thinking about it?  If so, I HAVE to ask

Can you show what you know? 

  • Do you have an E-Portfolio? 
  • Have you taught or written online courses? 
  • Do you have graduate certificates or degrees to prove academic subject matter expertise? 
  • Have you adapted a traditional curriculum to online delivery formats? 
  • Have you worked in a blended teaching environment? 
  • Do you have micro-credentials or work experience using an LMS, or advanced instructional design software?
We can help you answer yes to these questions. 

So much depends on your subject matter expertise, technical skills, teaching experience, and entrepreneurial drive. 

Our E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate and our Instructional Design Certificate are jobs oriented.  We help you know more and show more in the competitive market place. 

Both programs provide hands-on experience and flexible projects that apply to your current working situations.

Both programs help you create a professional portfolio.

Jobs Resources we provide for our students:

  • Our LinkedIn group of more than 1000 online teachers and instructional designers is active. All students are encouraged to join. I regularly post job leads to the group. 
  • All registered students get a professional subscription to LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • The network of peers you develop when you go through our program is the foundation for a personal learning and working network. The people you go to school can become an important personal learning network.  
  • Finally, our career center sites help you understand the dynamic employment situation for those trained to work at a distance.  

These sites are open to all:

Questions? Concerns? Feel free to contact me:

Associate Lecturer
Certificate Advisor
Online Professional Development

530.318.1145 cell (Pacific Time)

415 10th Ave. E. 1169 Heritage Hall
Menomonie, WI 54751

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Wisconsin's Polytechnic University

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019

Enroll Now! EDUC 762 Assessment in Elearning

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit

Starts Soon! 

Assessment of Student Learning in he Online Classroom.

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning

Instructor: Maggie Rouman
EDUC 762 961 
  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
  • There is no registration fee and no program application.

You will learn how to

  • Design assessment strategies for blended and online courses.
  • Evaluate, select, and manage online assessment tools.
  • Detect, document, and minimize plagiarism in the blended and online classroom.
  • Align Bloom’s taxonomy with learning objectives.
  • Create and use rubrics to define expectations and levels of achievement.
  • Efficiently increase the quality of formative and summative feedback to your students.
  • Use blogs, wikis, and online surveys to assess individual and group activities.
  • Share a professional e-portfolio with artifacts of your learning.

Who Should Enroll

Educators and trainers interested in using blended or fully online delivery for courses or training, or adding web-based components to enhance face-to-face instruction. Participants may include:
  • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full-time)
  • College and university professors (adjunct and full-time)
  • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
  • Clinical healthcare educators involved in patient education, healthcare education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
  • Trainers in corporations, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, government, and military
  • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education and continuing education leaders


Performance-based assessment, summative and formative feedback methods to assess student learning in the online classroom.
Enroll in the course to meet your goals for 
  • professional development
  • continuing education
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits to transfer to another university
  • an elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.


All readings will be provided online. There is no purchase of a textbook required.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate development and use of academic standards across the curriculum and application of standards and objectives in online classroom assessment and evaluation.
  2. Analyze the assessment process including types of evaluations, the relationship of assessment to learning, institutional and curriculum objectives, online testing, high stakes testing, corporate assessment framework (CAF) and standardized testing.
  3. Apply mapping to align assessment to learning outcomes, develop rubric criteria and select appropriate online assessment.
  4. Apply current research and technology tools to create authentic assessment, discourse analysis, self and peer evaluation, rubrics, online surveys, tests and quizzes for self-paced tutorials.
  5. Value fairness and adapt e-learning assessments appropriately for diverse populations of students, including students with exceptionalities.
  6. Evaluate and utilize appropriate technology tools to support assessment, including blogs, wikis, audio, video, online surveys, and eportfolios.
  7. Demonstrate research-based practices for choosing assessment models and apply plagiarism detection tools and support ethics, community building and team trust that help prevent cheating.
No travel to campus is required.
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; there are no required "live" chat sessions.
This is not a self-paced course.


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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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Contact Us: Dennis O'Connor, Program Advisor
E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751
Email: Phone: (530) 318-1145

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in online classes. Creating norms for discussion quality and timing improve the dialog. This also helps the facilitator step back as students learn to deepen their online dialog.

The following quality, timing, and response tips were suggested by my network of e-learning professionals and by the participants in ELearning for Educators, part of the UW-Stout ELearning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

8 Quality and Timing Tips for Online Discussion:

  1. Focus on the prompt; follow the directions in the prompt closely.
  2. Respond to those who respond to you! This is essential!
  3. Avoid short "Me too" or "I agree" posts. Make your posts substantial
  4. Add value to the discussion (see below).
  5. Post early in the week. You'll get more response and become more engaged in conversation.
  6. Respond throughout the week; you help sustain the dialog.
  7. Avoid doing all of your posting at the end of the week. You miss out on interaction.
  8. Use direct quotations from your text or online source. (Cite the source so your reader can find it.)

8 Value Added Response Techniques:

  1. Ask a specific question (but avoid prompting yes or no answers).
  2. Ask an open ended (on topic) question that invites a response.
  3. Expand on the a specific element of the post.
  4. Provide a teaching story that illustrates the a main idea.
  5. Offer a different perspective on an essential idea in the post.
  6. Provide an online resource relevant to the topic (include a hyperlink).
  7. Describe a method you use in your practice.
  8. Provide a summary of the ideas posted so far (good when you come late to the conversation). 
  9. Create a mix of response styles; writing, audio and video keep things interesting.

Please Share tips and techniques you use to improve online discussion!

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!
Featured Online Courses
Featured Resources – There’s a Rubrics for That!
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Our Students Say:
“Going through each piece for the final project has given me the opportunity to see how much I have changed from formal, traditional assessments to much more authentic learning activities and hands-on assessments.”
~Tracy Fleck
Our Students Say:
"I enjoyed the readings and applying the lessons to actual tasks like administering the CBMs plus the practice scoring, graphing, and analyzing the results. The assignments were not busy work and provided a great example of how to use the assessments in our classrooms."

Final Call for June Online Classes - Register Today!
Available Courses for June

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Phone: 715-642-0209
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Tech Tip

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.

Dates to Remember

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.

Begin Your Master's in Education Degree

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.

For More Information...

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Contact Us: School of Education

  • Online Professional Development
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout
  • Menomonie, WI 54751
  • Phone: 715-642-0209

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! 

Featured Online Courses

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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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!

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pply Today!
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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.