Wednesday, December 17, 2014

E-Learning for Educators: Spring 2015 Schedule

Enroll Now for Spring 2015

EDUC SPRING 760 930 E-learning for Educators January 5 - February 27, 2015 3 graduate credits

EDUC SPRING 760 931 E-learning for Educators March 2 - April 24, 2015 3 graduate credits

Learn how to add an online component to enhance traditional face-to-face instruction/training with blended learning or convert a course or workshop for online delivery. Create discussion forums, online surveys, quizzes and e-portfolios. Learn how to support new online learners with strategies that increase learner interaction and engagement.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Assessment in E-Learning: Online Graduate Class - UW-Stout

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Tuition and Registration
Choose one section:
EDUC SPRING 762 930 Assessment in E-learning January 5 - February 27, 2015 3 graduate credits

EDUC SPRING 762 931 Assessment in E-learning March 2 - April 24, 2015 3 graduate credits

Improve your online efficiency and 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. Includes writing strong learning objectives that address higher order thinking, concise rubrics for evaluating achievement of those objectives, and methods for assessing individual and group activities. Experience voice and video technology options that save time grading while increasing the amount of quality feedback. Learn to use blogs and wikis as evidence of learning.


Performance-based assessment, summative and formative feedback methods to assess student learning in the online classroom.
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.
NOTE: You may enroll in this individual course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer to another university.


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

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 including electronic gradebooks, calendars, spreadsheets and e-portfolios.
  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.

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following teaching standards:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 3, 8
International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) 2d, 5a, 5c

Content Outline

Module 1: Why is Assessment Important?
Module 2: Emerging Practices of Online Assessment
Module 3: Perfect E-Storm
Module 4: Variety of Assessment Tools
Module 5: Taxonomy of Assessment
Module 6: Cybercoaching - an Emerging Model
Module 7: Summative Assessment
Module 8: Discourse Analysis
No travel to campus is 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; there are no required "live" chat sessions.


The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

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Contact Us: School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

UW-Stout: Mobile Learning Instructional Design

University of Wisconsin Stout Online

 Learn how Chromebooks, iPads, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers integrate in training, the classroom, library media center, professional development, and administration/assessment activities. Learn how to use mobile learning instructional strategies and live assessment tools such as ebooks, digital textbooks, digital assessments and surveys, iBooks, Audioboo, QR Codes, Naiku, Socrative, Google Goggles, Blogger, Twitter, A+Pro, NPR, TED talks, and various applications. Create a simulation using Camtasia or an eBook, post it online, and analyze the benefits of learners writing content for eBooks, selecting images and links to web pages. Identify applications that work best for your learners (adult learners, K-12, or college-age students).

Learn how to use mobile tools for project management tasks, differentiation, transition to the flipped/blended learning, and assessment data analysis. Develop tools and metrics to evaluate the success of mobile learning technologies.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10 Month Fast Track to Your Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and online Teaching

Become an Effective Online Instructor in Just 10 Months - Make it happen in 2015 

Prepare for designing online courses, teaching in blended or online classes or training in elearning settings.

How long is a course? 

Each course is 8 weeks. These intensive courses earn 3 Graduate Credits.

Begin January 2015 and complete the certificate in 10 months.

EDUC 760 Elearning for Educators January 5 - February 27, 2015 
EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning March 2 - April 24, 2015
EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-learning May 4 - June 26, 2015
EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation  June 29 - August 21, 2015
EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum + Internship September 14 – November 7, 2015 (Prerequisite: Successful completion with a 3.0 gpa in EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 

It's possible to skip a semester or two between courses if that works better for you than taking the courses back to back. Each course is offered three times per year.

Begin May 2015 and complete the certificate in 10 months.

EDUC 760 960 E-learning for Educators May 4 - June 26, 2015
EDUC 762 961 Assessment in E-learning June 29 - August 21, 2015
EDUC 763 900 Instructional Design for E-Learning August 24 - October 16, 2015
EDUC 761 900 Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation October 19 - December 11, 2015
EDUC 764 930 E-Learning Practicum + Internship January 20 - March 27, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions about the Practicum + Internship
NOTE: Twelve of the course graduate credits may be applied as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program.


How much will it cost?

2014-2015 $415 per semester hour graduate credit
Each course is 3 semester hours graduate credit - $1245 total cost per course.
There is no registration fee and no program application.
E-textbooks are provided free.
Full Access to training videos
Full access to Brainfuse personalized tutorials
Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.


When can I start and how do I register online?

Register online to reserve your spot now. This program is very popular and courses fill well before the start date. There is no registration fee.
All courses are offered three times each year (spring, summer and fall).

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

No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning a Master's degree program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration is available until each session is filled or five business days before the course begins.


What is the prerequisite?

Completion of a bachelor's degree

May I enroll in one course, such as Instructional Design for Elearning, without taking the other courses?

Yes, many students enroll in a single course and do not take the other courses.

Find Online Teaching Jobs

How will a graduate certificate help me?

Include your graduate certificate courses on your resume and LinkedIn profile as an indication of your commitment to acquiring new skills and extending your knowledge.

Add our graduate certificate to your existing masters degree to demonstrate subject matter expertise in e-learning.
Share your certificate projects in an online portfolio showcasing your expertise and competencies.

"... for students balancing the jobs they must have with 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

What type of online teaching job opportunities are available?

The courses are designed for experienced trainers and educators interested in entering the field of online teaching or those who wish to blend web-based instruction into their face-to-face classes. Our students are:
  • Trainers in corporations, nonprofit organizations, business, government, and military
  • 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)
  • Health educators involved in patient education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
  • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education leaders
  • Continuing education facilitators
Check out our E-learning Graduate Certificate Magazine - Finding E-Learning Jobs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application fee?


Is the course open to international students?

Yes, students from 23 different countries have enrolled in this program.

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

Yes, upon completion of all five online courses, you will receive an official certificate from the university, in addition to the 15 graduate credits on your University of Wisconsin-Stout transcript.

Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Yes, you can work online from anywhere in the world. We encourage veterans and military service members 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.

What are the participation expectations?


Is financial aid available?

You may qualify for aid 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.

Will this include designing self-paced learning materials?

For those who seek training in the skills necessary to develop self-paced e-learning products, print materials, computer-based training, orientations and compliance tutorials, project management or redesign of existing curriculum for just-in-time delivery and electronic performance support systems (EPSS) consider our Instructional Design Certificate program.


  • Eight-week intensive online courses
  • Expert facilitation by veteran online instructors
  • Small, highly interactive classes
  • Professional-quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Career mentoring and job placement assistance
  • Highly competitive tuition
  • Credits apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program
  • Accreditation

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School of Education
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University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: (530) 318-1145

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Webinar: Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: Annual Review of Policy & Practice.

A quick reminder that the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute will host the next Research Webinar on December 10th from 3-4pm eastern time. Presenter John Watson, Founder of Evergreen Education Group, will talk about "Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: Annual Review of Policy & Practice."

Keeping Pace tracks online and blended learning policy and practice across all 50 states, with support from sponsors across the spectrum of K-12 online and blended learning. The 2014 report – the 11th – was recently released at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. In this webinar, John Watson will discuss key findings of the report including the latest numbers, graphics, state policy and program highlights, and trends, with a focus on digital learning activity in Michigan and on the challenges of obtaining and properly interpreting digital learning data. You can download a copy of the report at

Register here: 

*Note: On the day of the event, you will receive a link to the webinar via email.

Disclaimer: This webinar will be recorded and shared publically. Consequently, anything shared during this webinar, including chat comments, could be shared publically. This webinar may represent a presenter’s or an attendee’s personal views, opinions, conclusions and other information which do not necessarily reflect those of MVU and/or the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute and are not given nor endorsed by MVU/MVLRI unless otherwise specified.

Thanks, and enjoy your day!

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute
A Division of MVU
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Twitter: @MVLRI_MVU

Monday, December 8, 2014

(CC) Closed Captioning Tips (UW-Stout Tech Tips Newsletter)

Editor: Karen Franker

Closed-Captioning Tips

Discover the benefits of providing low-cost, high-quality closed-captioning to meet the needs of all learners, and view examples of exemplary video resources for PowerPoint, YouTube, and Vimeo. 
Five Reasons to Add Closed Captioning on Your Online Videos
Brittany Corners explains five benefits of closed captioning including: reaching new audiences, looking more professional, and improving search engine optimization.
The Importance of Closed Captioning, Demonstrated (Video 1:07 minutes)
Kerri Holferty demonstrates how uncaptioned video appears to learners.
Exemplary Welcome Online Course Video (Video 2:35 minutes)
UW-Stout online instructor Dr. Susan Manning provides an excellent example using CaptionSync to create a well-captioned welcome video on Vimeo for her online course.
Captioning YouTube Videos
The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) describes the three most common methods for captioning YouTube videos.
Audio and Video Accessibility
Portland Community College provides an excellent resource on video captioning and audio transcription guidelines.
508 Accessible Videos – Why (and How) to Make Them
Jonathan Rubin and others explain the three aspects of making videos accessible: captions, audio descriptions, and a 508-compliant video player.
Enjoy Videos on Vimeo with Closed Captioning Available in Many Languages
Staff at explain how to turn on closed captioning and subtitling languages in Vimeo videos.
Do It Yourself Transcripts and Captions
Deborah Edwards-Onoro shares tools for creating captions and video transcripts. Check out her top five tips for creating the best transcripts.

Tech Tip: How to Add Video Captions to PowerPoint

The staff at Microsoft describes how to add closed captions to PowerPoint 2010 video files via the free STAMP (Subtitling Text Add-in Microsoft PowerPoint) add-in.

Featured Online Courses 

Meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification.
EDUC 652 Universal Design for Learning
2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning
Video Welcome (2 min. 35 sec.)
EDUC 651 Project-Based Learning in the Flipped Classroom
2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Kay Lehmann

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Frightened by Facebook? Terrified by Twitter? Get a Grip on Social Media Instructional Strategies!

EDUC 650 Integrating Social Media Instructional Strategies 

Online Course 1 semester hour graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Kay Lehmann
Tuition and Registration
Course Description
Explore effective ways to use social media to connect communities of learners in virtual and physical spaces, to communicate with parents, and for personal professional development. Learn how to use social networks and cloud-based tools including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other personal learning networks.

Who should enroll?

Designed for elementary, middle school, and high school classroom teachers, school library media specialists, special education teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators and support staff at all levels.

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of how to sign up for accounts using web-based tools and a willingness to explore social media instructional strategies.


Social media strategies for professional development, global collaborative initiatives, learning community development and collaborations. Digital citizenship and learning outcomes and assessment using social media.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university.


A free e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your 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.
Levinson, M. (2010). From fear to Facebook: One school’s journey. ISTE: Eugene, OR. ISBN-13: 978-1564842701
If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from from or ISTE. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Stout Proud: Online Professional Development

Earn a Graduate Certificate from UW-Stout: 100% Online.

UW-Stout is Wisconsin's Only Polytechnic University. NCATE accredited and USDLA Certified, UW-Stout provides a quality online education.

Graduate Certificate Programs give you the skills and verified subject matter expertise needed find employment.

Certificate classes can be applied to our online Masters Degree.

Expert online teachers. Our online instructors were classroom veterans who followed a passion to become specialists in online education.

Small classes and personal attention. Classes are capped at 15. This means each student receives timely personal feedback.

Same Tuition for all.  2014-2015: $415 per semester hour graduate credit. Tuition is the same fee for in-state, out-of-state and international participants.

No hidden fees, no registration fees, no lab fees, no textbook costs.

Free E-textbooks are supplied in classes that require texts.

On demand training in hundreds of areas including software, social networking, marketing and entreprenuership via full access to 2000+ video courses.

Online tutoring from Brainfuse available in each course.

Enhance your career.

Enroll Now!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

(UDL) Universal Design for Learning - UW-Stout Tech Tips Newsletter

Editor: Karen Franker
This e-newsletter is brought to you by University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Education. If you do not wish to receive future issues, please see instructions to manage preferences at the bottom of this message.
In this Issue
List of Spring 2015 Online Courses with Opening
Incorporating Universal Design Principles in Learning Activities
Tech Tip: Ten Chrome Extensions for Universal Design and Accessibility
Featured Course: Instructional Design for eLearning
Discover the benefits of effectively implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with learners of all ages.
7 Ways to Implement Universal Design for Learning
The University of South Carolina’s Center for Teaching Excellence provides a clear summary of the 7 key points to consider in Universal Design, incorporating the “what”, the “how” and the “why” of learning. 

Fostering Inclusion with Universal Design for Learning

Kevin Kelly describes the numerous benefits of UDL, and provides specific examples of strategies for structuring assessments for students with both invisible and diagnosed disabilities. 

Universal Design Examples and Resources

The National Center on Universal Design for Learning provides specific examples of tools and resources which support multiple means of: representation, action, expression, and engagement.

Universal Design: Promising Practices

For a thorough look at cutting edge UDL practices, view the University of Washington’s comprehensive e-book with evidence-based examples from five institutions.

UDL Exchange

Browse and build free UDL lessons and resources after you sign up for a free CAST account.

UDL Curriculum Self-Check

The CAST Website provides case stories about how students experience barriers in specific subject areas, and contrasts the traditional versus the UDL approach in designing instruction.

Lesson Plans and UDL

Examples of how to create choices in how a student learns about an assignment and how a student completes an assignment.

It’s Time to Register for Spring Online Courses
Check out what’s new.
List of Spring 2015 Online Courses

Register today to reserve a spot. No payment is due now. 10% of the tuition for spring courses is due in February with the balance due in March.
Meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification.
Tech Tip

Luis Perez describes the newest Google Chrome browser extensions that add: text to speech, low vision adjustments, and a way to clear up Web page clutter (ads and other distracting content).
Featured Course
EDUC 763 Instructional Design for eLearning
January 5 - February 27, 2015
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning
Margie Konik, Health Information Technology, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Stanley, WI
  • "Instructional Design for Online Learning is a great model for anyone who is considering online or blended instruction. It is very well structured and facilitated, the content is engaging, and it encourages communication among students – all, I believe, key criteria for a quality online course."

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Top Trends in Teaching and Learning with E-Books

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Editor: Karen Franker
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In this issue...

1. Top Trends in Teaching and Learning with E-Books
2. Tech Tip: Add Soundtracks to Your E-Books and How to Format eBooks in Microsoft Word 
3. Congratulations on the National Award
4. “Hot” Online Courses for Spring
Top Trends in Teaching and Learning with E-Books
Explore the latest resources and innovations to effectively select, create, and publish digital e-books to enhance learning.
Andrew Doty speculates on the power of interactive e-books. What happens when you take the “Choose Your Own Adventure” model of reader-guided storytelling and apply it to electronic book design for adults?
Sevhan Acar Hammudeh and Denise Mcqueen Ozdeniz describe the iPad apps and Websites which they have successfully used with students to create e-books including: Creative Book Builder, Scribble Press, and ePub Bud.
Karin Schreier Hallett describes the process she used with her fifth-graders in creating e-books with the BookCreator app on the iPad.
Digital Textbooks: Show Me the Future!
Victor Rovero provides a comprehensive list of links to 27 leading e-book publishers as well as a listing of the most popular e-reader devices.
In UW-Stout’s pilot e-textbook project with 1,500 students in 40 undergraduate and graduate courses students were positive about the following features of e-textbooks: searchability, customization by instructor, and portability.
Tech Tips:  Add Soundtracks to Your E-Books and How to Format eBooks in Microsoft Word
Dianna Dilworth explains how to use the new Booktrack
app to add music and sound effects to e-books.

National Honor Awarded to Dr. Susan Manning
Congratulations to Dr. Manning, recipient of the 2013 Sloan-C Awards Excellence in Online Teaching.
Consistently students’ end-of-course evaluations praise Dr. Manning’s exemplary module instructional design, effective video tutorials and web-based help sheets, highly interactive learning environment, engagement of learners in critical thinking activities, and personalized audio feedback on assignments.

Student feedback indicates a very high satisfaction with how content and materials are chunked, and how the learning experiences are designed conceptually and aesthetically to provide an engaging learning experience.
Dr. Manning’s new course employs interactive games and simulations to model use of games for assessment, to support collaboration, problem solving, and decision making and to increase motivation and engagement during training activities and in the classroom.

Manning demonstrates how a digital badge is an iconic representation of a skill, achievement, or activity, and can be one method to superimposing game structures to the learning process.
Dr. Manning teaches four online courses at UW-Stout.

Sign Up Soon for Spring Online Courses Check out the list of classes and start dates. 

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Sign up today to reserve a spot. No payment is due now; 10% is due in early February.

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