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Best Practices in Online Instruction

The fastest growing area in workplace learning today is online instruction. To thrive professionally, you must have a solid understanding of the best practices that drive the design, development and delivery of web-based training. In this workshop, we will focus on these questions:

  • Why and how are organizations launching online instruction?
  • Which instructional strategies work best for online learners?
  • How can designers solve the problems of engagement and interactivity for online learners?
  • What is the virtual classroom and how is it opening new possibilities for learning?
  • What resources are available to help learning professionals build a solid foundation in this ever changing but ever more critical field of instruction?

During the workshop, you will experience and evaluate examples of both asynchronous (self-paced) eLearning and synchronous (live) learning.

You will also have the opportunity to facilitate a brief online lesson.

This course blends in-person and live online instruction with independent work. The first four hours session is in-person on the USM Portland Campus in the Abromson Center. The remaining two sessions are live, two-hour online sessions using Adobe Connect. To participate, students must have access to a web-enabled computer with speaker and microphone. There will also be approximately four hours of independent work which must be completed by the end of the final week to receive Continuing Education Credits for the course.

Margaret Page has over thirty years of management experience in several industries, with the last ten years focused on managing the learning function and learning design. A Past President on the Maine Chapter of ASTD, Peggy also presents on training design and eLearning at the national ASTD TechKnowledge Conference. In her current role, Peggy manages the training design team at TD Bank, where eLearning and the virtual classroom play a central role in educating a geographically dispersed and growing employee population.

3 Tuesdays, June 3-17, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

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$295 (12 contact hours/ 1.2 CEUs)


Class meets 6/3, 6/10, and 6/17.