Capella University FREE Online Courses

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Setting Up A Modern Classroom:
For teachers with little or no experience using instructional technology. Foundational courses that focus on setting up, designing, and enhancing instructional materials and methods with technology in the modern classroom.
(8 Courses Below)
Implementing and Enhancing Course Design: 
For teachers and teacher leaders with moderate instructional technology use. Find courses that can provide you with the competencies and immediately applicable artifacts to take your lessons to the next level.
(8 Courses Below)
Leading and Coaching Others: For teacher leaders and PD professionals. Prepare to lead others in their professional development goals and learn best practices for building, implementing, and evaluating solutions for other educators.
(6 Courses Below)

21st Century Instructional Practices:                                         Whether teaching in a tradition or virtual classroom, you can put instructional technology to work developing digital learning experiences for your students. Investigate 21st-century instructional frameworks: Marzano’s Teacher Evaluation model, Schulman’s model of Pedagogical Reasoning and Action, and the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) model and align one of your current activities using the framework that suites you best.
(25 Points)

Personalized Instruction:  Explore how to personalize competency-based instruction in a blended environment. Using a variety of strategies like student choice and problem-based lessons, students help to set their learning goals and pathways building a more engaging and meaningful learning experience.
(25 Points)
Adult Learning TheoryImproving your professional development to deliver better outcomes starts with understanding your audience.  Facilitate professional learning and professional development using the six principles of adult learning theory and see how much more effective your PD can be.
(50 Points)
Enhancing Instruction with Technology:      Increasing the use of instructional technology in your classroom? It’s not just the device that matters. Your choice of learning models and approaches to teaching with technology can make all the difference in your students’ success. Explore a number of accepted learning models that will help you enhance how you leverage technology in your classroom.
(25 Points)
Personalized Learning Through Gaming:                               Motivate and engage learners in a personalized environment using gamification strategies. Explore instructional formats that can be used in personalized instruction and analyze your lessons for their gamification potential.  Then adapt one of your lessons and try it out!
(25 Points)
Instructional Coaching:
Explore and Evaluate coaching models and techniques that focus on solutions, not problems. Implement different coaching models and learn to distinguish between the effects of various techniques. Plan, set goals, monitor progress and implement accountability strategies for professional growth and improvement.
(50 Points)
Digital Citizenship:  Increasing use of digital tools with your students? Are you confident about their safety? Evaluate ways that you and your students can become responsible digital citizens as formed by the Children’s Internet Safety Act, Children’s Online Protection Act and ISTE standards. Learn how to responsibly access, evaluate, and use online resources and social media using the nine elements of digital citizenship, cyber-safety and cyber-bullying. (25 Points) Implementing Adaptive Learning: Motivate and engage learners in a personalized environment using gamification strategies. Explore instructional formats that can be used in personalized instruction and analyze your lessons for their gamification potential.  Then adapt one of your lessons and try it out!      (25 Points)   *THIS COURSE MEETS THE SWD CERTIFICATION RENEWAL POINTS QUALIFICATIONS* Teacher Evaluation and Assessment:
Explore and evaluate teacher assessment and evaluation models that aim to help strengthen the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and classroom practices of teachers. Then apply what you have learned to your own district to identify areas of weakness and recommend strategies for improvement.
(50 Points)
Classroom Instruction using an LMS:  Thinking about using a new LMS? Do you want to learn how to get more out of the one you are using? Explore your learning management system (LMS) and others to understand what are the features necessary to improve student learning. Learn how to create a secure digital learning environment for your students using the tools found in your LMS. (25 Points) Designing Instruction for Adaptive Learning: Instructional technologies provide so many new ways that we can improve learning for students with diverse needs.  It all starts with learning to design lessons that can use different technologies to adapt to individual needs and outcomes. UDL (Universal Design for Learning) provides the framework and you provide the lesson.(25 Points) *THIS COURSE MEETS THE SWD CERTIFICATION RENEWAL POINTS QUALIFICATIONS*   Professional Learning Communities: Explore current structures and systems for building and optimizing professional learning communities (PLCs) for maximum effectiveness. Evaluate your own PLC using adult and social learning theory and analyze the impact of your PLC on both your teachers and your students.
(25 Points)      
Designing for the 21st Century Classroom This course doesn’t just talk about putting theory into practice; it takes you through a step-by-step approach to building the competencies you need to begin or continue to transform your classroom.  And while it is helping you develop competencies and skills, it is also helping you build your personal library of student-tested resources.  During the course you will create, implement and revise a problem-based lesson using educational technology as well as develop a list of problem-based learning projects for future use.   Deepen your understanding of new and updated instructional models then apply those models to a lesson and try it with your students.   (25 Points) Collaborative Learning EnvironmentsFocus on the implementation of virtual and in-person collaborative learning opportunities. Explore structures and systems that can be implemented to leverage technology in collaborative learning while building the skills necessary to your students are safe.  (25 Points) Professional Development in ActionThis course will help you to create a collaborative professional development plan that includes coaching and evaluating teacher performance.  It will also help you to build program evaluation metrics into your plan so that you can provide the evidence needed for continuous improvement.(50 Points)
Flipping Your Classroom:  There are many ways to use 1:1 computing in the classroom.  Explore blended learning and “bring your own device” (BYOD) strategies as you build and implement a flipped classroom lesson.  (25 Points) Understanding Competency-Based Instruction: Learn how to build and apply effective pedagogical strategies for implementing competency-based instruction. Through a series of steps, you create and implement a tiered assignment that is tied to authentic assessment.  As you build on these skills and strategies, you create an educational environment that values student voice and pace. (50 Points) Implementing Site-Based Initiatives: This course will help you develop and implement a complete plan to roll out a new initiative within a school.  You’ll start by evaluating the components needed for your plan through to developing and implementing program evaluation metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of your initiative.  (50 Points)
Classroom Device Management: Nothing can end a lesson faster than not having devices on-hand and accounted for or not knowing a log-in code.  Knowing what to think about (and what to do) when creating a technology resource inventory will save you many headaches in the future.  Setting clear and purposeful expectations for technology use with your students (and parents) will save you even more. (25 Points) Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum:Learn how to build and apply effective pedagogical strategies for implementing competency-based instruction. Through a series of steps, you create and implement a tiered assignment that is tied to authentic assessment.  As you build on these skills and strategies, you create an educational environment that values student voice and pace. (50 Points)
Standards-Based Digital InstructionLearning to plan for instruction and evaluation that aligns to both content and technology standards is a must for today’s transforming classrooms.  Specific information with regard to math, ELA, NGSS, Historical thinking, Foreign Language standards helps you align one of your lessons to both content and digital learning standards like ISTE.  Then create proficiency scales and rubrics for your content area and evaluate your lesson using the framework of your choice. (25 Points) One-to-One Environment in Action:One-to-One Environment in Action makes the very real connection between theory and practice by taking you through the process of building a cohesive unit incorporating the elements of learning environment, routines and structures, digital citizenship, competency-based instructional strategy, personalization, and differentiation. (50 Points)