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 (2 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Advanced Programming Institute
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Dates: 9/9/19 - 11/12/19

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.

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Advanced Teaching Online (1 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Advanced Teaching Online
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Dates: 9/3/2019 - 10/5/19

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 Teaching Adults (2 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Certificate in Teaching Adults
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Dates: 9/3/19 - 11/10/19

Course Description: This is your invitation to teach others in-person and join in one of the more important functions in life - passing 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 give you both the fundamental and advanced information to improve your teaching. Your lead instructor is author of How to Teach Adults, the best-selling book on the subject. The ebook version is included in the course.

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Contract Training Institute Online (3 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Contract Training Institute
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Dates: 9/9/19 - 12/15/19

Course Description: The Contract Training Institute (CTI) is the most complete, comprehensive, and advanced training in the field of Contract Training. This is an online offering in a how to format where students will learn the practical an proven skills in Contract Training from proven best practices and skilled practitioners. After attending the Contract Institute, students will be prepared to boost contracts, increase Operating Margin as well as net, and price contracts for the highest return. This training can lead to a Contract Training Certificate by passing the Certification Exam.

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Fostering Online Discussion (1 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Fostering Online Discussion
Instructor: Mary Dereshiwsky
Location: Online
Dates: 11/4/19 - 12/4/19

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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Marketing Institute (3 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Marketing Institute
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Dates: 9/9/19 - 11/15/19

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.

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Operations Institute (3 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Operations Institute
Instructor: William Draves
Location: Online
Dates: 9/9/19 - 11/15/19

Course Description: This course is designed to explore the best practices and strategies that maximize the effectiveness of a lifelong learning operations department. It provides an overview of theory-based techniques for operations management, including business principles, staffing structure, finances and benchmarks, job standards and competencies, and data collection and analysis. Participants will discuss suggested strategies and be prepared to take an Operations Institute exam after nine weeks of course participation.

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Program Management Institute (4 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Program Management Institute
Instructor: Fred Bayley
Location: Online
Dates: 9/9/19 - 11/15/19

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.

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Designing Online Instruction (1 cr.)

Course: AHED 790: Designing Online Instruction
Instructor: Dionne David-Felix
Location: Online
Dates: 10/7/19 - 11/10/19

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: 8/5/19 - 9/4/19

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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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
Dates: 11/4/19 - 11/29/19

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. This course provides an opportunity to apply the generational theory to your current and future work through discussions, assignments and additional research customized to the student's unique setting.

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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 cde@usd.edu