Create & Teach Online Courses as a Master Educator

Crash Course in Online Instruction, Technology and Communication: Engage Students - Based on 100's of hours of research
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

This is the only crash course you will ever need to learn how to become a master online educator, where the students are the focus - not the technology!

Based on years of research in higher education and online pedagogy, this course is designed to maximize every student's learning experience and help instructors learn the best ways to develop curricula and content. This course will be helpful for bloggers, and internet marketers as well - looking to create an online presence and community.

Anyone can talk into a camera or provide facts and information, but online learning truly struggles to compete with the attention and interests of students. Therefore, rather than just supplying information and hoping that students delve in and grasp it - this course empowers you with 12 tools for excellence in stimulating and capturing the interest of your students - no matter what subject you are teaching. Whether you are a professor, coach or trainer, this course will help you learn the ideal approach for opening a student's mind in an online environment and show the exact tools, resources, and technology you should and should NOT be using for online learning.

This course guarantees to give you the skills, perspective and confidence to:

  • Easily create engaging lessons that trigger the learning process
  • Avoid the 3 biggest mistakes in online course design
  • Plug into the mind of the student
  • Learn which digital resources and technology should be used
  • Tutorial on how to use the technology
  • Learn to simplify the student’s learning experience
  • Discover how to save precious time by using what works

What are the requirements?

  • You will just need a computer and a willingness to learn how to become an incredible online educator
  • This course is for educators, professors, instructors or trainers, or anyone looking to efficiently teach online
  • You don't have to be proficient in online education or technology to take this course. Everything will be taught and explained A-Z.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Save you hours of work by showing exactly which technology to use & how to use it!
  • Understand how the pedagogy and goals of online education is radically different from classroom teaching
  • Become familiar with the LMS standards for excellent online education
  • Create stimulating online educational experiences which ensures that students are learning, not just listening
  • Know the difference between talking about content and teaching
  • Feel confident about using technology
  • Inspire students to absorb material, think for themselves and find other applications for the materials
  • Learn which forms of technology are available for online education
  • Know what resources and tech can be helpful, and which can be hurtful
  • Learn how to create an online community of learners
  • Learn time-saving tricks that help the instructor and the students
  • Join a network of other online educators and collaborate in our discussion forum, where you can ask questions and learn best-practices from colleagues
  • Connect with many great resources that can help you plan and create your online modules
  • Discover additional tools that you can use free of charge
  • Learn to best spend your time focusing on education and not get stuck in the technology side of online education
  • Recognize and avoid the "scammy" behaviors of untrained e-learning specialist
  • Learn how to communicate with students using major platforms rather than individual emails
  • Leverage social media in the appropriate fashion to engage students
  • Create online communities for bloggers, or those doing content creation or internet marketing
  • Learn to develop content using multiple platforms

Who is the target audience?

  • Professors
  • Educators
  • Trainers
  • Instructors
  • Anyone thinking about developing online content to teach, train or inspire people
  • Bloggers
  • Internet Marketers
  • Content developers
  • Subject experts
  • Webinar Hosts
  • Podcasters

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Section 1: Start Here: Introduction & Overview on how to Become a Master Online Educator

Before jumping right in to look at the technology and philosophy behind online education, it is important to see the big picture. In this lesson, we will look at the goals of the course and some of the challenges that most people encounter.

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Let's take a moment and reflect upon what we have just covered.

Section 2: Part 1: Understanding the Recipe for Success!

As technology evolves so quickly, there are many people inventing this field as it develops. This can be discouraging for many people who are afraid to learn a new software or platform, which might be obsolete in a month. Therefore, we wish to take a big-picture look at the many moving pieces that go into an online course. With a familiarity of those elements, we can look more closely at which ones will work best.

Section 3: Recipe for Success Part II

E-learning presents new challenges, as our students are not fully focused on us. They are likely distracted by an overwhelming online environment. Are we going to try and fight it and pressure them to stay focused? Or can we find alternate ways to engage them naturally and keep their attention and focus?

Section 4: Why Online Learning is NOT as Simple as People Think!

Approaching online learning and course development requires a fundamental appreciation for why a virtual environment is different than a conventional classroom setting. In an actual classroom, even without testing students, an instructor has a pretty good idea as to which students are learning and which are not. However, online, a professor really cannot guage a student's learning, without true interaction.

Section 5: How is Online Learning Different than an Independent Study?

Can a professor or teacher create content and then "set it and forget it"? After all, the content and lessons can be cerated months in advanced and then the students are left to learn. Does this approach work? Only in appearance. However, without true interaction, the students will not be led to a true learning experience.

Section 6: Who is Responsible for Learning: Student or Instructor?

Students typically pay money to attend a class. Would that not suggest that if they want to learn, they will? Is it a teacher's responsibility to take them by the hand and help them learn? Is it enough to simply give them the assignment and it is up to the student whether or not they wish to complete it. However, our goal is not to give out a pass/fail grade, but to invest in our student's success and learning.

Section 7: How Overusing Technology can Hurt

Knowing the responsibility to teach and engage, we are going to look at the many forms of technology and media available to deliver the content. However, many educators fall into the trap of overusing technology. Instaed of helping the students, it only gets in the way. How can we find the right balance ?

Section 8: Part 2: The 3-Step Formula That Will Change Everything!

Now we will begin the first of the 3 steps to actual student engagement in an online environment. Proper pedagogy and instructional design is built upon the teacher feeling invested in the success of a student's learning.

Section 9: Step 1: Setting up the Shot

In the first step, the teacher is responsible to stimulate the curiosity of the student. This is a critical phase to be able to best turn the brain on so it is fully primed to learn new information.

Section 10: Step 2: Delivering Content

Once the student is sufficiently curious as a result of compelling questions that you have delivered, it is time to offer information that the student can now learn. We will later discuss the pros and cons of each delivery method for conveying content. For now, keep in mind that regardless of the mode of delivery, whether audio, video, podcast, screen-capture or text, your students will be ready to fill their minds.

Section 11: Step 3: Bringing Learning to Life

This is the exciting part, where we can see how the students have learned. The test is not a conventional test. Rather, we engage and interact with students so that they can showcase their learning by demonstrating the applications of the content to new scenarios.

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This practice worksheet is a very powerful tool to implement what we have learned so far. This is a roadmap, which will help you plan out your lessons to be most impactful.

Section 12: Part 3: Breaking Down the Technology: Overview of Resources

In this third part of the course, we will look at the different forms of media available for online education. At this point, your juices should be flowing and you should be thinking about which ones you like the most, and which would best suit your educational or instrucitonal needs.

Section 13: A. PowerPoint, Keynote, Google, Prezi & Slideshows

The first form of media to use in delivering content is a visual PowerPoint presentation. Let's look at the pros and con of this form of technology and how people often misuse and abuse these types of presentaitons.

Section 14: B. Video: The Good, Bad & the Ugly

Video production is a great way to communicate. However, production can be time-consuming. Be patient and we will show you how you can expedite the production process. Be sure to respect your audience by delivering videos which are properly produced and limited in time, so as not to lose their attention span. The rule in online education is: less is more.

Wouldn't you rather your students pay careful attention to a the core elements of your lesson in a 7 minute video, than lose their attention by trying to squeeze too much into a 40 minute video lecutre?

Section 15: C. Podcasts: How and Why you Must use Them

Audio recordings and podcasts are a great way to deliver substantive educational content. You can be thorough in delivering robust lessons, and the students appreciate that you are allowing them to multitask while listening.

Section 16: D. Screen-capture - For free

The visual benefits of screen capture allow an instructor to smoothly demonstrate a lesson for their students and narrate the lesson. It is great because your hair and make-up don't need to be done, yet you are producing a video. The students will see your computer screen and enjoy your voice as the guide through the lesson.

Section 17: Section 4: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous learning

The types of technology you use should depend on whether or not your course is being done in real time (synchronous), or it is all preloaded and students can access any part any time (asynchronous). In this lesson, we will review the advantages and disadvantages of each online module.

Section 18: Why Build an Online Community?

A support group is always a powerful tool for getting through a challenging time. Spending weeks or months enrolled in an online course or program can be challenging. When a student feels alone, they are likely to burnout. Therefore, the support and engagement provided by an online community can be a great motivator to keep students focused. How and why do you build such a community? Let's take a look at this next video lesson!

Section 19: The Best Technology for Online Community-Building

Let's look more closely at how social-media and other forms of technology and communication can be valuable in convening a community of learners. Remmber, we don't want students to feel abandoned. Therfore, we can support them as instructors, but we can also help them support one another by creating this online community.

Section 20: Bonus: Immersive Problem-Based Learning

In challenging students to demonstrate what they have learned, we can give them a test or ask them to write a paper. However, we have the capacity to immerse them in a real-life scenario, where they are forced to think for themselves about what they have learned and how to apply it. This is the ultimate demonstration of learning. Creating problem-based learning takes an ounce more creativity, but can be done with very little effort as you will see in this video. It really is the best way to bring the learning to life!

Section 21: Summary

We have covered a great deal of information in this course - from theory to practice and practical applications of EdTech (educational technology), you are now prepared to put this system to work for you. We encourage you to use the roadmap worksheet to outline your lessons, in order to take the guesswork out of the task.

If you find that you need help in developing, planning or creating content or media, feel free to post a question, or reach out to me directly and our team will gladly help.

Section 22: Q & A
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Section 23: Bonus Resources
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Practice what you've learned by answering a few short questions. This worksheet will help get your creative juices flowing to think about bringing your content to life.

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Let's take a look at how and why we build online communities.

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Instructor Biography

Ari Sytner, M.Ed, LMSW, Inspiration + Education = Results!

Dedicated to optimism, inspiration and success, Ari focuses on how elevate our personal and professional lives. With over 20 years in the field of education, Ari has the experience and credentials to uplift his students. He holds a BA is Psychology, a Masters Degree in Education, a Masters in Social Work and is currently pursuing a PhD.

As the founder and CEO of Ed-Tech Hq, Ari stresses the importance of successful integration of technology, education, and real human relationships. He consults for organizations around the country, helping to inspire leadership and strategic collaboration. Whether teaching a Udemy course, writing books, online articles or delivering motivational presentations, Ari fuses humor, wisdom and empirical research to help educate and inspire his audiences with practical, engaging and useful information.

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