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The first course in the MVCR series was introduced in the Spring of 1999. Since then, the MVCR catalog has continued to expand. The series currently has the following courses, including 8-week, 4-week, and 3-week offerings. Most of our 8-week courses can be taken for Continuing Education Units or for Academic Credit. These courses cover a wide range of topics providing a firm foundation in many educational principles. Included in the series are courses that may count toward the Master Online Teacher certificate, the Certified Online Learning Administrator certificatees, or any of the several ION badges.

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* Core courses for Certificate Master Online Teacher or Certified Online Learning Administrator

Course Title Short Description Schedule Register
*Instructional Design for Online Course Development This course introduces instructional design principles and relates the principles to the development of online courses. Go to Registration
*Overview of Online Instruction This course is an introduction to online learning and instruction in which key aspects of adaptation to the online environment, course facilitation, and relevant designs are previewed Go to Registration
*Practicum The Practicum is the final course in the certificate program. Practicum participants will work with a small group of peers and one MVCR instructor to develop or improve an online course. Go to Registration
*Practicum for Online Learning Administrators Capstone in COLA program applies previously covered material and adds activities to complete the online learning administrator certification. Go to Registration
*Quality Assurance and Accountability in Online/Distance Learning Examination of Quality assurance strategies and issues. Review of processes, philosophies, and strategies for building appropriate accountability processes into online learning programs toward the successful accreditation of online degrees and integration of online programs into the mainstream institutional catalog. Go to Registration
*Student Assessment in Online Courses This course addresses various assessment formats that can be used for evaluating students in online courses. Go to Registration
Administration of Online/Distance Programs Detailed examination of executive/management level issues and considerations directly related to the creation, maintenance, and operation of a successful online learning program. Go to Registration
Advanced Blended/Hybrid Learning Design and Practice Course goes to greater length and greater depth than the intro level blended class to examine different models and practices of effective blended/hybrid learning Go to Registration
Blended Learning Design and Instruction This course provides instructors an introduction to learning theory, experience using technologies they might adopt in their own courses, and experience redesigning part of a course that could be offered in a hybrid format. Go to Registration
Copyright Issues in Online Education After an introduction to the principles of copyright as they apply to higher education under the laws of the United States, Canada, and international agreements, course participants will become familiar with concepts that relate directly to their specific online course design needs. Go to Registration
Encouraging Communication in Online Courses This course addresses how to promote effective communication among students and between students and instructors in online courses. Go to Registration
Financial Literacy Instructor Certification Course

Certification course for iGrad Personal Financial Mastery facilitators

Course does not contribute to satisfaction of the ION Master Online Teacher or Certified Online Learning Administrator certificates.

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Global eLearning This course will provide for you an international perspective on e-learning with the goal of helping you to be prepared for international students in your traditional or online courses, and to offer international e-learning or training within or outside of the context of your institution and your country. Go to Registration
Going Live: A Training Program for Online Synchronous Language Instruction This Program will allow faculty to discuss and experience the use of synchronous tools in the context of online communicative language teaching. Go to Registration
Issues and Strategies for Faculty Training This course addresses various models for faculty training and explores the literature to see what works with faculty training. Go to Registration
Librarians and Instructors Collaborating in Online Learning Areas of study will include: how information literacy skills can be integrated into existing assignments; opportunities for librarian and instructor partnerships; and strategies to ensure you are using library resources to their full potential. Go to Registration
Multimedia Principles for Online Educators The purpose of this course is to introduce educators to the principles of multimedia as they apply to effective online education. Go to Registration
Sims, Labs, and Virtual Reality in Online Learning 8-week survey of digital and web-based simulations, games, and virtual environments. Go to Registration
Supporting Students Online Providing support services to online students is a challenge. In this course you will gather ideas and discuss ways of providing electronically delivered services to online and onground students. Participants will learn the scope of online services, review best practices, and discuss ways of implementing these services. Go to Registration
Technology Tools for Online Learning This instructor-led, eight-week, fully-online course explores some of the technology tools used to build and deliver online courses. Go to Registration
Universal Design Principles for Online Learning In this hands-on course you will discover how principles of Universal Design can help you create course content that can be accessed and used by anyone, including people with disabilities. By the end of the course, participants will have a good understanding of Universal Design Principles for Online Learning, know potential accessibility/usability issues that need to be considered in course design, and be able to create more accessible/usable course content. Go to Registration
Web Design Principles for Online Educators The purpose of this course is to introduce educators to web design principles that can be used to create effective online courses. Go to Registration
Course Title Short Description Schedule Register
Administrator of Online Learning Seminar 4 week orientation and survey of online administration issues and topics. This course is required for successful completion of the Certified Online Learning Administrator program Go to Registration
Group Work Online This course will explore explore in detail the dynamics of creating group assignments and facilitating group work-based learning in an online environment. Go to Registration
Librarians and Instructors--Collaborating in the Classroom This instructor-led, four-week, fully-online course provides insight into and methods for increasing productive collaboration between librarians and instructors, thereby improving student classroom research project/paper outcomes. Go to Registration
Mobile Technologies in Online Learning This course assists participants in discovering various mobile technologies as they might be applied to distance learning. Students will survey various technology formats, analyzing for strengths and weaknesses of each. Students will design, create, and present a learning unit in mobile learning format appropriate to their primary student demographic. Go to Registration
Podcasting This instructor-led, four-week, fully-online course will explore the world of podcasting and the development of content-centered podcasts. Pedagogical considerations will be addressed first and then requisite podcasting skills developed. The course will prepare participants to organize, record, edit, and distribute their own podcasts. Go to Registration
Social Networking for Online Learning This course examines the use of social networking in the context of online learning. Students explore current social networking technologies and best practices for using social networking strategies to foster online community. Go to Registration
Synchronous Classrooms This instructor-led, four-week, fully-online course will move beyond the well-known asynchronous learning environment and explore the ideas behind and skills needed to teach online in real time - synchronously. By addressing the pedagogical foundations first and then identifying and practicing the new skill sets, the course will prepare participants to better plan and manage the synchronous classroom. Go to Registration
Time Management for Online Instructors This course explores time management strategies for online courses. It includes strategies for saving time during the design and development of the course, as well as useful techniques for saving time during the facilitation of the course. Go to Registration
Tutoring Online: Principles and Practice This course is instructor-led, fully online, and four weeks in length. It introduces the principles of tutoring and how those principles can be accomplished in the online environment. Participants will actively discuss topics related to tutoring and have the opportunity to tutor a peer online. Go to Registration


Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Instruction Overview
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Instruction Overview
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Instruction Overview
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Recommended elective: Administration of Online Programs

  • Practicum for Administrators
What They're Saying
"While learning about skills and attitudes needed by online students, I had the opportunity to experience those needs myself."     

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Award winning courses

The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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