This fall, Pennsylvania State University will offer graduate students a chance to perfect their online teaching skills. Though Penn State offers an online teaching program, The Graduate Student Online Teaching Certificate will be tailored specifically for graduate students’ learning needs. An online class itself, it will be offered to any and all Penn State graduate students as a free, voluntary addition to their coursework. The creators of the course were hoping to recruit about 30 students for the pilot program, but 350 students have signed up so far.

— The course, which is grounded in online education research, will provide specialized training for graduate students on how to deliver effective online instruction. Director of Online Faculty Development Laurence Boggess said the course is important for graduate students for a few reasons. First of all, online instructors need a different set of skills than face to face teachers, he said. In an online classroom, teachers need to do more to encourage and support student engagement. They also need to be deft in managing message boards, comment feeds and online interactions between students. Finally, online teachers need to be able to add an element of personality to their classrooms – Boggess said one of the most common criticisms of online education is that students feel they don’t know their teachers.

— The course could also further students’ careers, Boggess said. “What we also know is [students] want this certificate so they can be more competitive in the job market,” Boggess said. He added that Penn’s online graduate program is ranked very highly. “That’s a pretty cool feather in your cap,” he said. In addition, Boggess said the course will aim to Penn State’s graduate students more effective teachers for its own online programs.

You can find this article on the Politico website here! **Scroll down about halfway to find the article.

OL 4000: Online Course Design is intended to assist participants in the design and development of an online course that is authored and delivered in a face-to-face format. The assumption is that an already existing course needs to be transitioned to the online learning environment. OL 4000 will cover a wide variety of topics that will support you in the transitioning of your face-to-face course to the online environment. Topics that will be covered include instructional models as the foundation for course design, online assessments, copyright issues, technology tools to promote student engagement, etc. It is a four-week learning experience taught via ANGEL that culminates in the creation of detailed course outline, a syllabus, and an assessment plan based on course objectives. This course requires that you actively engage in a supportive online community through online discussions and peer feedback on course deliverables. The course begins Monday, September 21, 2015 and will be facilitated by Paula Bigatel.

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**scroll to the bottom of the course list and choose “OL 4000: Online Course Design” to register

icon_acStrategies to Make Academic Integrity Work as an Educational Process

When: August 19, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Adobe Connect

How do we make academic integrity part of our students’ educational experience? How do we manage situations where academic integrity is violated? This webinar will discuss resources and strategies to prevent plagiarism and will also discuss the process involved for when students violate university policy.

Presenters: Dawn Amsberry, Reference and Instructional Librarian and Karen Feldbaum, Associate Director, Office of Student Conduct

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**Please scroll to the bottom of the event list and choose “Webinar 006: Academic Integrity”. The access link will be sent our a few days prior to the webinar.