Principles of Effective Instruction

The Principles of Effective Instruction certificate of completion provides participants the option to choose their own educational experience by completing five focused professional development opportunities. This series will address components of instructional concepts including pedagogical theory, course design, student engagement, and the role of assessments in online learning.


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Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity provides participants the opportunity to discover what constitutes plagiarism and understand how students intentionally and unintentionally violate university honor code. Participants will walk away with new skills that will help them cultivate a culture of academic integrity in their course.
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Aligning Assessments to Objectives

Aligning Assessments to Objectives provides participants the opportunity to analyze the relationship between course goals, student learning objectives, and assessments. Participants will focus on creating a course architecture for one module of content that promotes a student-centered approach to course design.
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Applying Educational Theory

Applying Educational Theory analyzes how the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education and the Experiential Learning cycle can influence instruction. Participants will create an assignment that applies basic concepts from one of these theories, while reflecting on the potential benefits and challenges of doing so.
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Effective Feedback

Effective Feedback allows participants to analyze the positive impact of utilizing informative evaluations on student work in order to improve performance. Participants will be introduced to strategies that provide effective feedback for all class sizes, and will experience the feedback process.
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Ensuring Usability in Online Courses

Ensuring Usability in Online Courses provides participants the opportunity to analyze the impact of usability on the learner’s experience. Participants will focus on improving usability of a module in a course, and reflect on ways to provide clear direction to students.
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Flexible Assessments

Participants will utilize clear communication and feedback strategies to recognize barriers and challenges in creating and implementing flexible assessments in the learning environment.
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Instructional Media

Instructional Media focuses on the creation of effective online lectures. Participants will analyze the benefits of using engaging online lectures in their instruction, as well as the best practices for producing quality videos.
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Recognize and Respond to At-Risk Students

Recognize and Respond to At-Risk Students provides participants the opportunity to identify and grasp the basic principles of recognizing academically at-risk students and apply appropriate intervention strategies. Participants will adapt their feedback to specific challenges and risk factors that students face in higher education.
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