The E-Learning for Educators course provided a background in structures for online courses, both completely
online and those blended with face-to-face settings. Additionally, a number of course management systems were explored and
compared by features. Activities in the course included using a number of tools such free online surveys, rubrics, quizzes,
blogs, and wikis.
E-Learning for Teachers Coursework
In the course Assessment in E-Learning, the role of assessment, be it performance-based, formative, or summative,in
enhancing participation in an online course was explored. Best practices in grading and a variety of grading tools were studied.
A number of assessment tools were evaluated and synthesized to meet the objectives in an online course. The issue of
plagiarism and how to reduce it in an online course was also examined.
Online Assessment Final Exam
Instructional Design for E-Learning began with an in-depth study of the qualities of an online learner and
then went to theories of adult learning and course design. Next the role of such structures as goals and objectives, orienting
documents such as a syllabus and FAQs, how to sequence, pace, scaffold, and chunk content in a course were examined.
Rubrics and benchmarks were used to examine existing courses with the culminating activity of creating a design document
for one unit of study.
Designing Online Courses
Young Adult Novel
The next course in the series, Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning, began by exploring social
constructivism and adult learning theories. Next the factors that enhance facilitation were studied along with the types of
interaction in an online course and the role of ice breakers in the first weeks of a course. Ample opportunities to practice
facilitation were built into the course.
The final course in the series was the E-Learning Practicum. In this course application of the
skills of online pedagogy and the use of technologies was developed. I had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant
in an online course entitled Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits with an experienced online educator as my mentor.
Along with the practical experience, a professional development plan and this e-portfolio were developed .