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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!


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 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 Teaching Online (1 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Advanced Teaching Online
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Dates: 06/01/2020 - 06/30/2020

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. An instructor’s book, Advanced Teaching Online, is included.

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Certificate in Data Analysis (3 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Certificate in Data Analysis
Instructor: Mary Dereshiwksy
Location: Online
Dates: 06/01/2020 - 08/28/2020

Course Description: Data Analysis is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace. Companies have vast amounts of data, but it is rare to have someone with the ability to analyze that data to see trends and make predictions. Add a whole new skill set to your portfolio, and make a big difference in the success of your organization by acquiring data analysis skills.

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Designing Online Instruction (1 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Designing Online Instruction
Instructor: Dionne David-Felix
Location: Online
Dates: 05/04/2020 - 06/04/2020

Course Description: This course is designed to explore the best practices and instructional strategies that maximize the effectiveness of online instruction. It provides an overview of theory-based techniques for online teaching, including course development, creating an interactive environment, motivating student-student interaction, assessment, and managing the course. Participants will discuss the various suggested strategies and design an example of an online activity in a collaborative team over a two-week period.

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Fostering Online Discussion (1 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Fostering Online Discussion
Instructor: Mary Dereshiwsky
Location: Online
Dates: 06/01/2020 - 07/01/2020

Course Description: This course is intended to prepare higher education faculty to facilitate online discussions and provide effective feedback to online students. Issues of faculty readiness to teach online will be explored via simulated case studies and classroom discussion. They include continual engagement in online interaction with students in discussion forums, provision of helpful feedback on student assessments, and avenues of ongoing faculty professional development to maintain high skill levels in online communication with students.

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Management Certificate (3 cr.)

Course: Management Certificate
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Dates: 06/01/2020 - 08/28/2020

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. Then you will explore the principles of collaborative management and gain insight on how to expand your collaborative skills for success of your team or organization. Finally, get the keys to manage different generations in your workplace. Discover what motivates each generation at work, what incentives they respond to, and what messages they value.

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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