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Flexible Coursework

LERN's online courses are asynchronous. That means you can participate anytime you want, day or night. The lectures are prerecorded so you can listen when you want. The discussion is written chat with the instructor making comments throughout the day and evening, so you can always catch up on the conversation and join in anytime!

Registration

Prior to registering for credit through the University of South Dakota, participants must register for the online course through LERN. To register for online courses through LERN please contact Tammy at LERN by calling 800-678-5376 or emailing Tammy@lern.org. Once registered through LERN participants can register for credit through the University of South Dakota. With questions concerning registering for credit please contact USD Online at 1-800-233-7937

Online LERN Courses:


Advanced Programming Institute (1 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Advanced Programming Institute
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: In this intensive, advanced Institute, we will show you the best strategies, proven techniques, and step-by-step how-to procedures for developing successful new programs. After attending, you will have the information necessary to increase the success rate of your new programs. The result is that you will have more successful new programs and you will reduce wasted staff time.


Advanced Teaching Online(1 cr.)
Course:AHED 790: Advanced Teaching Online
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: In the 21st century, half of all learning will be online. The opportunities are tremendous for teaching online. Discover how to plan, develop, and teach an online courses. Take home a ten-step model for developing your online course. Experience one of the most advanced online classrooms for teachers. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows. Plus, find out how self quizzes enhance learning. See animation, drop-and drag exercise, and dynamite welcome pages. Engage in online discussion with other teachers.


Certificate in Blended Instruction (3 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Certificate in Blended Instruction
Instructor: Kassia Dellabough
Location: Online

Course Description: With our certificate in blended instruction, you will find out the keys to developing a hybrid or blended course. Take away the essentials of creating an online classroom experience and online options for enhancing your in-person class meetings. Then explore the concept and practice of The Flipped Classroom and how to maximize your teacher time to maximize student learning.


Certificate in Data Analysis (3 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Certificate in Data Analysis
Instructor: Mary Dereshiwksy
Location: Online

Course Description: Begin with getting a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a business setting. Then learn how many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. You will know the statistics behind these group differences and relationships. Finally you will find out how to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Whether your business is home based or a large company, this certificate will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned.


Certificate in Teaching Adults (2 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Certificate in Teaching Adults
Instructor: William Draves

Course Description: Teach others in-person and pass on knowledge and skills to others. It is both an opportunity and a responsibility. Whether you want to teach others or currently teach others, in any setting, either formally or informally, this course is for you. We will provide you both fundamental and advanced information to improve your teaching. Your instructor is the author of How To Teach Adults, the best-selling book on the subject. The e-book version is included in the course.


Certified Faculty Developer Training (3 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Certified Faculty Developer Training
Instructor: William A. Draves, Dr. Rita Marie Conrad

Course Description: The goal of this training is to prepare faculty developers to assist faculty in improving instructional quality at their institutions. Upon certification, faculty developers will identify trends and issues that need to be addressed by faculty development programs. They will be aware of the latest innovations and best practices in instructional strategies and be apprised of emerging technological advances. Faculty developers will also have an understanding of the needs and characteristics of today's learners and be able to address changing roles and need of faculty.


Certified Program Planner (4 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Certified Program Planner
Instructor: Fred Bayley
Location: Online
Course Dates:Fall 2017
Last Date to Drop with a 100% Refund: September 20, 2017

Course Description: Train to analyze data to make the best decisions. Learn key financial formulas as well as design a winning brochure. You will learn how to increase registrations and start successful new programs. This training ends with the Certified Program Planner exam and eventual certification upon passing the exam.


Certified Programmer Online
Course: AHED 790: Certified Programmer Online
Instructor: Mary Dereshiwsky
Location: Online

Course Description: Tap into the growing market for online certificates, certifications and other online professional development courses. Take your existing programs global, develop new market niches and subject areas, and learn how to capture and dominate an online market niche for your institution. Interact with colleagues and the foremost authorities in online learning in continuing education.


Contract Training Institute Online (3 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Contract Training Institute Online
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Course Dates: Fall 2017
Last Date to Drop with a 100% Refund: September 20, 2017

Course Description: Boost contracts, increase your operating margin and net, and price contracts correctly. You will have the strategies and techniques for increasing your effectiveness and success rate. Developed specifically for contract trainers in educational institutions such as universities, community colleges and vocational-technical institutes. If you sell contract training programs to business and industry, or oversee such programs, you should attend this institute.


Course Development Institute
Course: AHED 790: Course Development Institute
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: In this intensive, advanced Institute, we will show you the best strategies, proven techniques, and step-by-step how-to procedures for developing successful new programs. After attending, you will have the information necessary to increase the success rate of your new programs. The result is that you will have more successful new programs and you will reduce wasted staff time.


Designing Online Instruction (1 cr.)
Course: ELED/SEED 592: Designing Online Instruction
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: Learn about the online instructional environment, envisioning your online course, developing a web course, phases of design and development, design guidelines, and more. Discover the principles behind the adoption of technology innovation and the nature of the online learning environment. Then get tips for planning your online course, identifying resources and design guidelines. Discuss the phases of design and development and models, motivating student-student interaction, and managing interaction. Get the latest information on copyright issues, assessment and evaluation.


Developing Hybrid Courses (1 cr.)
Course: ELED/SEED 592: Developing Hybrid Course
Instructor: Kassia Dellabough
Location: Online
Course Dates: Fall 2017
Last Date to Drop with a 100% Refund: October 4, 2017

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Course Description: The rapid growth of on-line and other digital tools to deliver course materials has opened the door to many possibilities for expanding regular face-to-face courses or developing new ones. This is a great opportunity to reach broader audiences and add rich resources and materials to the topics you want to teach.

Whether developing new or modifying an existing class, this four-week session will help you to take advantage of the best of both worlds. Use the strength of the face-to-face engagement and the power of the Internet to deliver great content, reach broader audiences and support different learning styles. The Hybrid or blended classroom encourages students to learn at their own pace while also building on the unique exchanges that can happen in both the face-to-face class and on-line.


Executive Leadership Institute (3 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Executive Leadership Institute
Instructor: Layne Harpine
Location: Online

Course Description: Professional development of your staff is more critical than ever. With the Executive Leadership Institutes, you will gain a training package to lead the professional development of your staff. Support from central administration is more important than ever. The ELI will give you the national benchmarks, ratios and trends needed to keep central administration informed and supportive.


Fostering Online Discussion (1 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Fostering Online Discussion
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Course Dates:Fall 2017

Course Description: Come experience how to do it from the creator of the concept and practice of 'continual engagement' in teaching. Discover how to build student success through your interaction, how to give online learners feedback, communicating with them about everything from subject matter to delicate issues to grading. You will come away with advanced, practical, how-to tips from one of the foremost authorities on fostering online discussion. And you will see how your instructor models great interaction and engagement in the online environment.


Gender in the Classroom(1 cr.)
Course: ELED/SEED 592: Gender in the Classroom for K-12 Teachers
Instructor: Julie Coates & William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: Discover why girls waste 30% of their study time, why boys get worse grades than girls, why boys do less homework than girls, and the 5 learning habits girls get in school that hurt them in the workplace.

Your female students learn differently than your male students. Discover how girls learn. Take away 10 top tips for helping girls learn more, and the 5 tips to help girls succeed more. Then discover how boys learn. Take away 10 top tips for helping boys learn more, and the 5 tips to help boys succeed more. Get information about research not available anywhere else.


Generational Learning Styles for K-12 Teachers (1 cr.)
Course: ELED/SEED 592: Generational Learning Styles for K-12 Teachers
Instructor: Kassia Dellabough
Location: Online
Course Dates: Fall 2017
Last Date to Drop with a 100% Refund: November 7, 2017

Course Description: Generational Learning Styles is a pioneering work intended to provide you with guidelines for meeting the challenges of multiple generations in school, work and society. For trainers, teachers at all levels, faculty, human resource professionals and anyone interested in generations and in learning styles. After reading Generational Learning Styles, you will be more creative and successful in your own teaching and work.


LERN Conference
Course: AHED 790: LERN Conference
Instructor: Julie Coates

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Course Description: Participants completing this conference will have the research and knowledge base necessary to plan, implement and lead development of professional continuing education, contract training, and workforce development and other lifelong learning programs.


Management Certificate Training (3 cr.)
Course: Management Certificate Training
Instructor: Kassia Dellabough
Location: Online

Course Description: Enhance your management skills through this program for supervisors, managers and emerging leaders. Nothing creates success like a solid foundation. Discover the keys for effectively managing your employees. Find out how to create clear expectations, engage and motivate employees and increase your effectiveness.


Marketing Institute (3 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Marketing Institute
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: The Marketing Institute is relevant for a variety of programming areas, including continuing education, seminars and conferences, community education, recreation, and continuing professional education. Lifelong learning programs are being called upon to increase attendance, improve financial self-sufficiency and be fiscally accountable. Changes in the marketing environment mean you must develop new strategies and use new techniques to attract and retain participants.


Online Learning & Teaching for K-12 Teachers (1 cr.)
Course: ELED/SEED 592: Online Learning & Teaching for K-12 Teachers
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: Discover the fascinating world of online teaching and learning. Specifically for K-12 teachers, you will find out why and how your students learn online. Find out about all the wonderful eTools being used, from drag-and-drop games to virtual labs. Then find out how you can begin to use the web in your own teaching. See why web-enhanced courses are being introduced in K-12 schools. Then take home online strategies for helping your students to learn more and preparing them for the workplace.


Operations Institute (3 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Operations Institute
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: Efficient operations and the right staffing structure are fundamental to ensuring increased staff productivity. Acquire benchmarks for the 15 processes that make for a lean and productive program, clear direction on how to redesign your staffing structure, and staffing job descriptions, plus much more. Students will learn the tasks operations, programming, marketing, and sales should be responsible for. The role operations plays in making your staffing structure success and how to make your lifelong learning program productive, creating more profit and success for your entire program.


Project Management in CE (3 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: Project Management in CE
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: This course is designed to explore the best practices and strategies that maximize the effectiveness of project management within a continuing education department. It provides an overview of theory-based techniques for what project management is, the role of project management in continuing education, a project management model, project management best practices, and implementing project management. Participants will discuss suggested strategies and be prepared to manage a continuing education project after six weeks of course participation.


Seminar: CE and Credit Institute (3 cr.)
Course: AHED 790: CE and Credit Institute
Instructor: Julie Coates


Course Description: Cutting-edge leaders in Continuing Education have to move from managers of the status-quo, to innovators of a new venture. With an expanding market of adult learners who require advanced credentials and degrees, full access to convenient credit offerings is increasingly needed through Continuing Education. This Institute will provide the essential tools to launch and administer your credit CE offerings, built on a foundation of best practices in the field. Get advanced materials for program planning, development, delivery and reporting, with an emphasis on hands-on application to your organization.


Social Media and Online Tools for K-12 Teachers (1 cr.)
Course: ELED/SEED 592: Social Media and Online Tools for K-12 Teachers
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, it seems everyone, including your students, talk about ways the Internet lets them stay in touch and see what others are doing. Since many of your students are already there, have you been curious if any of these tools might keep them engaged in your class? Do you ever wonder if there might be some time effective ways to communicate with their parents? GoogleDocs, Adobe ConnectNow, iGoogle, Flicker, animoto, earth album, Teacher Tube, blogs, virtual labs and yes, even Facebook and Twitter can help you add dimension and interest to your class. Discover tips to use a variety of social media and online tools to help your students. You will also spend some time discussing ways to overcome resistance you might encounter in using these programs. For any teacher interested in social media, from beginners to advanced social networkers.


Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (1 cr.)
Course: ELED/SEED 592 & SPED 593: Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Instructor: Julie Coates
Location: Online

Course Description: In this course, you will take away strategies for working effectively with Asperger's students. You will find out how to work effectively with parents to create the most positive learning environments for children and teens with Asperger's Syndrome. The course is geared for K-12 teachers, but it is also relevant for counselors, faculty in higher education, parents and anyone else interested in understanding this important issue.


Substitute Teacher Preparation (1 cr.)
Course: ELED/SEED 592: Substitute Teacher Preparation
Instructor: David Reilly
Location: Online

Course Description: Understand what is expected of a substitute and how to maximize your value to a school. Find out about how to develop a sub notebook, understand classroom management, the latest techniques in developing lesson plans, how to use your own portfolio to assist in teaching, and much more.


The Flipped Classroom (1 cr.)
Course: ELED/SEED 592: Social Media and Online Tools for K-12 Teachers
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online

Course Description: The flipped classroom concept changes routine, boring education, into a vibrant exchange of ideas and group learning that makes for a fascinating and memorable experience. In this course we will explore what defines a flipped classroom, why it is important, the advantages, how to implement, and some examples of how others have benefited from this process.


For additional information about the online LERN courses and the Master of Arts in Educational Administration - Adult & Higher Education program, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at cde@usd.edu