With the return to in-person learning after several months of being fully remote, it is time to reassess how you deliver your curriculum, and consider the blended learning approach. Blended learning includes both traditional learning, face-to-face and online components that rely on technology, making learning more flexible, engaging and effective! These courses will equip educators with effective strategies and best practices for designing and delivering instruction that includes online components for all learners. The wide variety of courses will teach participants about managing the day-to-day responsibilities of full or partial online teaching and learning, collaborating with parents, keeping learners safe and engaged.
This online course for educators, K-12 and Higher Education faculty, allows for one to strategize using technology on how to easily move to and from remote learning.
Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.
This Google Classroom training course covers the basics of how to navigate Google Classroom and maximize its impact when working with learners in any K-12 setting.
This 3-unit online course provides continuing education to K-12 teachers who want to gamify their teaching to increase learning and participation, the history of gamification will be shared along with the value of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards, and web-based software and programs for educators to gamify their teaching.
This one-unit online self-paced course for K-12 educators allows for effective and efficient implementation to use with teaching and learning.
Online course for K-12 educators and administrators on how to connect to students with SEL and technology in the remote learning environment
Online course for K-12 educators and administrators on how to teach remotely to continue student learning, combating learning loss
Chromebooks in the Classroom is a two-unit online self-paced course for educators
This online self-paced course provides K-12 educators with the tools of how to expand their professional learning network through the use of social media platforms.
Technology Tools for Empowering Students course provides strategies for incorporating a variety of technology tools into the K-12 classroom
Introduction to Instructional Design for Educators is a two-unit online self-paced course for K-12 teachers
This is a three-unit online course for educators in the Professional Teachers Program series
Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.
How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:
EDU-X713P Transitioning to a Blended Learning Environment: Learn how to make the transitions that best fit students and teacher needs in the blended learning environment.
EDU-X718P Learning Readiness with Basic Google Tools: Introduces educators to basic Google tools, allowing them to become more comfortable and confident to effectively and efficiently implement in their teaching.
EDU-X745P Utilizing EdTech Tools and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to Enhance Lessons in the Classroom: Build social-emotional skills with technology integrated into lessons and learning.
EDU-X706A Best Practices in Technology Integration: Learn and explore new technologies to make informed decisions for designing curricular activities and assessments.
EDU-X798O Supporting Learners with Google Classroom: Explores the newest layer to the Google family, Google Classroom.
EDU-X782J Flipping Classroom Instruction with Technology: Review the research behind the flipped model of learning, understand student-centered learning and explore the tools needed to implement this process in your educational environment.
EDU-X783J Technology Tools for Enhancing Instruction and Empowering Students: Explore a variety of technology tools and learn strategies for utilizing technology to enhance instructional practices and empower students.
EDU-X781L Chromebooks in the Classroom: Learn the exciting and best ways to use Chromebooks in the K-12 classroom.
EDU-X748R Expanding Your Professional Learning Network through Social Media: Introduces how to experience social media as a connected educator, to rethink digital identities, and to utilize good networking practices for communication and sharing.
EDU-X782L Introduction to Instructional Design for Educators: Learn new and innovative design tools and strategies needed to maximize student achievement and engagement.
EDU-X700S Basic Remote Teaching Strategies: Supports educators with effective strategies and best practices for designing and delivering online instruction to all learners.
This series provides continuing education for K-12 educators, administrators and any other interested stakeholder, wanting to learn about and understand how to effectively support student learning with a blended learning approach.
Participants in the Blended Learning Strategies Series can expect the following benefits:
In the current age of distance learning, this course Supporting Learners with Google Classroom, was what I needed to learn how to use Google Classroom as my LMS. I had never really used it before, and we are using it daily now for direct instruction with our students
The knowledge I have gained from this course Learning Readiness with Basic Google Tools, has equipped me with so many tools that I can utilize with my students moving forward whether instruction occurs remotely, via a hybrid model, or if we return to the traditional on-site model of teaching. Finally, I have gained a lot of confidence in my technology skills. Instead of having to ask my peers for support, hopefully they will ask me!
After completing this course Learning Readiness with Basic Google Tools, I feel more confident in using Google Meet and Screencastifyto enhance student learning during distance learning. I can’t wait to implement what I have learned and to share my knowledge with my students and teammates. I would recommend this course to any educator who is looking to use Google apps and extensions more efficiently and effectively
My experience in Learning Readiness with Basic Google Tools was everything I could have hoped for and more! This class gave me the basics in Google Tools that I did not have much experience with in the classroom. After taking this course, I will be able to engage my students with enhanced lessons making instruction fun, not only for my students, but for me as well. Furthermore, by taking this course, it will allow me to prepare content that my students will have access to at all times and they will be able to work with at their own pace
My experience with the course Transitioing to a Blended Learning Environment was fantastic. The course was easy to follow and I like how the modules flowed. My instructor was very knowledgeable, positive and provided immediate feedback for each assignment. I am using my knowledge from the course in my profession.
Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.
Employment opportunities in the education field are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, schools are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.
This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.
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Character Education remains an essential but often overlooked discipline in today’s schools. This online Certificate program is designed to enhance your understanding and facilitation of teaching character to your students.
Explore how to create and implement a “flipped-classroom” curriculum by incorporating technology and student performance assessment options.
Classroom management is an essential skill for both new and experienced teachers. USD’s classroom management certificate is designed to help teachers learn how to make the classroom a place where both you and your students can focus on educational goals in a positive environment.