This certificate, taken at the University of St.Thomas, comprises of 5 – three credit course, the final being a field internship. All of these courses are also going to be applied to the M.A. in Learning, Performance, and Technology as a specialization. Below is a listing of each course with a brief description of what is covered in that course.
This course focuses on the pedagogy, principles, applications, strategies, tools, and evaluation of online and blended learning. Organizations and educational institutions have recognized online and blended learning as sustainable methods to provide learning opportunities to engage learners. The knowledge and skills are vital to enhance learner’s overall learning experiences and provide accessible learning resources in the 21st century. The course topics include theoretical framework of online learning, instructional strategies for synchronous and asynchronous training, principles of good online learning design, learner engagement, assessment tools, case studies, evaluation methods, and applications for MOOCS, mobile learning, flipped classroom, and apps-based learning. E-Learning authoring tools and open source applications will be utilized to facilitate idea brainstorming, class discussion, presentation, final projects, and other instructional activities.
This course provides an overview of E-Learning models at schools and corporation through case study and hands-on practice. Current E-Learning systems and tools will be reviewed. Students will design, develop, and implement an E-Learning project using the current E-Learning tools.
Using a project-based approach, this course focuses on the analysis, design, development, delivery and implementation of effective learning experiences. You will become familiar with proven theories and techniques of systematic instructional design and apply them to a project of your choice. Topics include, but are not limited to, training needs assessment, job task and information analysis, instructional design and strategies, media selection, evaluation, delivery of instruction, and instructional project management.
This class will introduce students to the foundations of Performance Improvement – the practice of improving individual, organizational and societal performance through assessment, solution selection and implementation. This course will provide students with an overview of various performance improvement techniques and performance support tools (Performance Technology, Learning technology, Knowledge Management, etc).
This internship provides for a supervised practice and/or project based on an approved proposal. The internship will demonstrate competency of the ISTE Technology Standards and provide an innovative experience in using advanced learning technologies and/or developing curriculum or learning modules for online education and training. Participants may complete the internship at their place of employment if appropriate. – My internship experience took place at Medtronic (global headquarters in Fridley). As part of this experience, I was required to create various artifacts for a portfolio as a summative assessment. I created a sub-page (off of this page) which you can gain access via the triangle drop down in the Navigation sidebar.