Upcoming Offerings

collaborative-educatorsTeaching Strategies in a Digital Environment II

Facilitator: Ken Sajdak
Start Date: June 12, 2017 - ends July 26
Length: 6 Weeks - 1 hour synchronous online webinar required weekly*


$25 (Subsidized by WDLC)


Teaching Strategies in a Digital Environment II targets both those who have completed Teaching Strategies in a Digital Environment I and/or teachers with experience in online and blended teaching. Thus, participants are encouraged to engage in rich dialogue surrounding best practices and challenges faced in a digital environment.  You will be presented with best and developing practices in academic integrity, student motivation, collaboration, and online tools.  Focus will be on hands on application within an online or blended course.

 This course is provided in partnership with Viterbo University. Credit options and fees will be discussed the first week of class.

Full Syllabus: Click Here

 *Synchronous Sessions offered Tuesday night at 7:15 p.m. and Wednesday morning at 8:15 a.m.


learnTeaching Strategies in a Digital Environment I

 Facilitator: Ken Sajdak
 Start Date: July 16, 2017 (week 0 begins July 9) - ends August 26, 2017
 Length: 6 Weeks - 1 hour synchronous online webinar required weekly*
 Cost $25 (subsidized by the WDLC)


Technology today allows students tremendous access to information. By joining students on this technological playing field, educators can meet student learning needs in new and revolutionary ways. You have literally entered “the wave of future education.”  Even though you may be bringing years of teaching skills and experiences with you, you may be at the beginning of your experience in the virtual school environment.  This course presents an overview of online education, including the necessary skills and best educational practices that will allow you to become both comfortable and proficient in this exciting environment.

Full Syllabus: Click Here

*Synchronous Sessions offered Tuesday morning at 8:15 a.m. and Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. 


Book Study: Innovator's Mindset

June 11 - August 12, 2017
The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) wecomes you to join us in our Summer 2017 Book Study and a conversation with educators across the nation. VLLA member organizations will be facilitating discussions in a Google Plus Community June 11th through August 12th, 2017 on the “The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity" by George Couros .

 For additional information and registration visit: https://www.smore.com/3eg6z

Applying the Quality Matters K-12 Secondary Rubric

July 10 - 30, 2017
Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. K-12 Applying the Quality Matters Secondary Rubric is their flagship course. Get an introduction to QM, learn how to use the Rubric and apply it to a real course. If you are looking to improve your online or blended course design with research-supported standards which include annotations and best practices, this professional learning experience is for you! Practice writing helpful recommendations for continuous improvement with the QM Rubric as your guide. This professional learning experience also counts as the first step towards becoming a K-12 Course Reviewer!

For additional information and registration visit: https://www.smore.com/ttm3n

Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) 2nd Annual EdCamp

July 26, 2017
An Edcamp is an organic, participant-driven professional learning experience that involves a community created by educators, for educators. Edcamps are the leading edge in professional development. The Edamp starts out as a blank slate that becomes decorated as participants propose session topics on the spot. For that reason, Edcamp is an unconference. The substance of an Edcamp is created when participants decide, on the day of event, what discussions need to occur. It may seem like a daunting task for the first go-round, but once the first topics are shared, the idea of on-the-spot professional conversations catches on quickly. Watch a video on What is an Edcamp? and What is an Unconference?

Where will the VLLA Edcamp take place?
VSLL’s Edcamp will take place online via Unhangout on July 26th from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with new topics of discussion each hour after a 30 minute welcome session. Unhangout is an open source platform for running large-scale, unconferences online. Unhangouts utilize Google Hangouts for small breakout sessions as needed, and help users find others with shared interests.
Watch for additional details to come on joining the unhangout

WDLC 2017 Professional Learning Day

August 15, 2017

The Wisconsin Digital Collaborative 2017 Professional Learning Day focuses on Heather Staker's "How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in 7 moves: A playbook for teachers"  

The primary audience for this event is teachers, and the day will incorporate hands-on activities to model the moves introduced in the playbook. Throughout the day, attendees will have time to collaborate and prepare to incorporate best practices in their classrooms. 
Details and Registration