Training & Professional Development

You don’t have to know a lot about digital learning to tap into WEN’s resource network. And you don’t have to be computer savvy to use our learning management tools. But for those districts looking to help their teachers learn more, we offer members and non-members a training resource you can implement locally, or you can leverage WEN facilitated opportunities.

The best way to get started? Talk to WEN about your district’s unique needs.

The following are available for partners to leverage by implementing locally faciliated options or enrolling through a WEN or Partner facilitated option.

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ONLINE FACILITATION: Taming the World of Online Learning

Course Description

Online teaching and learning is currently one of the fastest growing educational initiatives in the world. The three phases of this course: 1) awareness, 2) facilitation and 3) legal, social and ethical issues, provide an overview of this phenomenon by exploring its evolution and current status. In this web-based course, participants actively use online tools, resources and best practice strategies in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Course activities address the needs and interests of both K12 teachers and professional development trainers. Participants will develop foundational knowledge and basic skills essential to teaching and learning in this 21st Century environment.

TEACHING IN AN ONLINE LEARNING MODEL

Course Description

Our Teaching in an Online Learning Model course provides an introduction to online teaching. Five modules of content, based on the FLVS teaching model and years of experience in the virtual arena, will jump-start instructors with access to the most essential elements of successful online instruction.

OBJECTIVES: • Discover the history of online education, online teaching standards and organizations, and the future of online learning • Review pros and cons of online learning and the challenges and benefits of working remotely and organizing a workspace • Learn secrets to establishing a work/life balance, managing tasks, and planning and prioritizing • Explore best practices for welcoming students into the course and for personalizing an online classroom • Take away great tips for communicating via phone, writing emails, and using proper netiquette • Learn how to create timely, personal, and specific feedback that will motivate students AUDIENCE: Instructors and Lab Facilitators

TEACHING IN A BLENDED LEARNING MODEL

Course Description

Designed for teachers who are new to blended learning or school leaders ready to embark on this new adventure, Teaching in a Blended Learning Model focuses on expanding skills by demonstrating specific strategies to optimize instruction. Course assessments provide practical opportunities to strategize and implement best practices based on input from industry experts.

OBJECTIVES: • Analyze research on blended learning, evaluate learning models, and use case studies to incorporate best practices • Incorporate national online teaching standards and 21st Century Skills into your course • Create course expectations that will help prepare your students for success • Analyze strategies to support different types of blended learners • Explore ways to blend content while incorporating national online teaching standards and 21st Century Skills into your classroom. • Implement methods to personalize feedback, create a communication plan for your class, and enlist support from parents for your blended learning program.

ADVANCED STRATEGIES FOR ONLINE OR BLENDED INSTRUCTION

Course Description

This five-module online course is the perfect complement to Teaching in an Online Learning Model or Teaching in a Blended Learning Model. Picking up where these courses leave off, Advanced Strategies for Online or Blended Instruction goes on to explore appropriate topics for a slightly more advanced online teacher. This course encourages continued growth in best practices and technology for virtual educators.

OBJECTIVES: • Encourage academic integrity in the online environment by educating and utilizing stakeholders, knowing your students, and employing monitoring tools • Explore motivational theories and strategies for students, and evaluate motivational techniques • Discover how to create an Online Community with book clubs and book talks, student clubs and activities, blogs, discussion groups, social networks, and more • Gain experience with Web 2.0 Tools that add audio and video to class activities and student submissions, and receive tips on tried and true tech tools and free resources for instructors

TEACHING STRATEGIES IN A DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT

Course Description

With ten modules of content, Teaching Strategies in a Digital Environment course provides 60 hours of comprehensive training to equip an online instructor to be successful. The course begins with an introduction to online teaching using best practices from the FLVS teaching models. The last part of the course delves deeper into more advanced topics, which encourage continued growth in best practices and technology for virtual educators.

OBJECTIVES: • Discover the history of online education, online teaching standards and organizations, and the future of online learning • Review pros and cons of online learning and the challenges and benefits of working from home and organizing a workspace • Learn secrets to establishing a work/life balance, managing tasks, and planning and prioritizing • Explore best practices for welcoming students into the course and for personalizing an online classroom • Take away great tips for communicating via phone, writing emails, and using proper netiquette • Learn how to create timely, personal, and specific feedback that will motivate students • Encourage academic integrity in the online environment by educating and utilizing stakeholders, knowing your students, and employing monitoring tools • Explore motivational theories and strategies for students, and evaluate motivational techniques • Discover how to create an Online Community with book clubs and book talks, student clubs and activities, blogs, discussion groups, social networks, and more • Gain experience with Web 2.0 Tools that add audio and video to class activities and student submissions, and receive tips on tried and true tech tools and free resources for instructors