distance education certificate program

What is the Certificate Program?
Goal of Program:

To promote excellence in distance learning instruction and administration.

Intended Participants:

Instructors, administrators, managers and trainers involved in distance learning or preparing for leadership roles in distance learning.

Course Leadership:

The program curriculum, developed by the University of West Georgia, is based on cutting-edge distance education techniques and proven methodologies. Course modules will be led by intructors and administrators experienced and recognized in distance learning. Guest lecturers will be involved "virtually" during the course.

Course Structure:

The certificate program is a professional program that offers 8.7 CEU credits. It is offered completely on-line with no residency requirement. It comprises three seven-week modules which incorporate conceptual knowledge into practical learning experience. It is suggested that participants spend about 3-5 hours per week participating in on-line bulletin boards, reading materials, and completing exercises. Many of the exercises are optional, but regular participation on the course bulletin board is required for graduation.

Program Content

Module I: Introduction & Distance Learning Theory history and foundations of distance education; theory and perspectives of distance education; technologies of distance education;

Module II: Distance Teaching Strategies course design; teaching behaviors; needs assessment; evaluation; integration of technologies, development of online courses;

Module III: Program Management learner support; administration & budgeting; course support; training and mentoring; marketing & promotion; facilities management; copyright laws and other policy issues

Technical Requirements:

Participants should have access to a computer with at least 128 MB RAM; a 56K dialup or broadband connection; and Windows XP or Vista / Mac OS 10.3 or higher. Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2.0 or Safari 3.0 is required.