To meet the Alaska Digital Academy initiative to provide online and blended learning opportunities for all students a teacher training program has been established. To support this effort Alaska Digital Academy has developed the teacher certification and professional development program for school staff across the the Alaska Digital Academy consorsuim which includes online and blended learning pedagogy, the use of appropriate tools, and other aligned topics.
1. Introduction to Online/Blended Teaching using Canvas, Edgenuity and the AKDA Portal
This course if the first in a series of courses designed for educators who are interested in teaching online and/or blending their classrooms or schools. Moving from teaching in a face-to-face environment to using online content to teach students is not simply a matter of changing mediums; it also means changing instructional methodologies and pedagogy. Participants will explore the various blended learning models across the nation and begin evaluating their role as an online and/or blended teacher. Educators will be coached in the workflows, from registration to acessesing class content, to ensure that both students and teachers have a successful exprience in a blended/online class class enviroment.
2. Engaging the Online/Blended Learner
This second course of the series introduces the mythology, philosophy, and standards of becoming an online and/or blended learning teacher. The course focuses on the pedagogy for teaching online and within the blended classroom versus traditional face-to-face instruction. Using the International Association for K-12 Learning (iNACOL) participants are guided through their National Standards for Quality. Participants begin to understand that online and blended learning is not just about incorporating technology, but about changing their role and how they support students. Identifying the differences in teaching virtually, developing effective communication strategies, constructing strategies that engage the online learner, and creating effective online lessons are some of the topics covered in this course.
3. Designing for the Online/Blended Environment
This course expolores designing effective and appealing online courses, Web pages, and/or communication materials. Participants will learn the benefits of strategically placed images, colors, fonts, and use of white space. Educators will become familiar with copyright laws and policies.