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Course 3 of 5 in the

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 2-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Italian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Week 1: Handling Direct Instruction

Welcome! This week you will begin by familiarizing yourself with the course. Then, we'll examine the role direct instruction plays in a virtual course. I will clarify what I mean by direct instruction and we will look at ways teachers can use some of the latest video/multimedia tools to 'up' student engagement. By the end of this module, you should have a good idea how you can use technology to meet your students needs and craft a better virtual learning experience for them....
1 video (Total 13 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 readings
About this Course10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Week 1 Optional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 110m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Week 2: Passing with Communication and Building Relationships

Welcome to Week 2! In this module, we will focus on what we do as virtual teachers to establish clear and open lines of communication and how we use that to build relationships with our students. In some ways, it’s no different than a traditional face-to-face teacher, but there are also some significant differences. We will look at how to set up the learning environment so you get to know your students, they get to know each other, and everyone has a clear understanding of what's expected of them and the role they play in your course. We will also examine how technology enables us to personalize learning by providing feedback using a variety of online tools. ...
2 videos (Total 19 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
2 videos
up IT: Blackout1m
1 reading
Week 2 Optional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 210m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Week 3: Swishing Assignments and Assessments

Our goal as teachers is to get our students to take a shot and improve their techniques, so that over time we see their "shooting percentage" go up! In order to do this, we must design assignments and assessments that engage our students and challenge them to think deeper and go further than they have done before. Our focus for this third module is to rethink assignments and assessments. We will explore what motivates students to perform and learn how to implement some powerful instructional strategies using free tools that can be used in nearly any virtual class. By the end of this module, you will have at least two "go to" techniques that will have the virtual nets in your classes swishing with artifacts of meaningful learning. You will also have the opportunity to submit your assignment and evaluate three of your classmates' work....
2 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
up IT - PB&J 1m
3 readings
Week 3 Optional Resources10m
Assignment & Peer Review Instructions10m
Option 2: Peer Review QFT Template10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 310m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Week 4: Rebounding for At-Risk and Underperforming Students

Your course is underway, the discussion boards are buzzing with activity and your students are working diligently to produce some exceptional work. Watch out! If you are not actively searching for students hanging out on the sidelines or hiding under the bleachers, you may be forfeiting the greatest joy of your career. This week is going to be a little different. We are going to turn our focus to the students who are often lost, ignored, or troubled. We will define who an at-risk student is, examine some effective strategies for teaching students who are at-risk and we will hear from some educators who know how to help them rebound and score....
2 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
2 videos
up IT - Motivate & Move 3m
1 reading
Week 4 Optional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 410m
Week
5
2 hours to complete

Week 5: Your Best Defense is a Good Community

Welcome to our final week of class. We will finish our course by going back to one of the basics: Community. How can a virtual teacher build an inclusive and thriving community with their students, parents and other teachers and why is that vital to a successful online learning environment? We will compare the differences and similarities of an online class community and a face-to-face one and focus on strategies to make our virtual courses more human. Enjoy your week and thank you for learning with us!...
2 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
up IT - One Button to Change the Game 1m
3 readings
Week 5 Optional Resources10m
Message from UC Irvine Extension10m
Post-Course Survey10m
1 practice exercise
Final Quizs
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By GLJun 24th 2016

An outstanding course. Thoughtful with unique insights into some of the challenges of the virtual classroom with realistic suggestions on how to approach them.

By LKMay 29th 2016

The BEST course in this series by far! This is a real model of what I hope to achieve with my own online courses. Finally!

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Chris Long

Instructor
UC Irvine Extension

About University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways....

About the Virtual Teacher Specialization

This series of courses provides best practices for online instruction, student engagement and virtual community building; effective uses of asynchronous and synchronous technologies, social media and other emerging technologies; and data analysis techniques and student performance measurements to individualize instruction in an online or blended environment. The courses in this Specialization may be taken in any order. Each course can be taken independently. The Specialization concludes with a final project that will give you the opportunity to integrate and apply the skills you have gained throughout the courses....
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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