Online Instruction Endorsement

Teachers wishing to fast track their online instruction initiatives should consider our four-class Online Instruction Endorsement. You will learn how to develop high quality, pedagogically sound, interactive online instruction. Our course sequence is flexible and designed with multiple entry points for educators with different desires and varying levels of teaching experience.

The courses in the sequence can be applied to our master's degree in Digital Classroom Technology. Please contact us for information and assistance getting started in a customized track designed for your teaching and learning needs.

Online Instruction Endorsement Course Sequence - 12 credits

  1. LLT 521 – Technologies for 21st Century Educators OR
    LLT 565 – Emerging Technologies for Educators
  2. LLT 535 – Designing Distance Education for the K-12 Educator
  3. LLT 555– Building Effective Online and Classroom Instruction
  4. LLT 590 – Internship\Practicum

LLT 521 is a gentle introduction to technologies needed to design and deliver online instruction. LLT 521 is designed to ensure even the most timid of technology users move to a level of comfort and confidence with technologies needed for blended and online teaching. For students having more advanced technology skills, LLT 565 is an alternative to LLT 521. In LLT 565, students focus on Web 2.0 technologies useful in online teaching and learning.

Next in the sequence is LLT 535. In LLT 535, students learn about instructional design methodologies and they design a "paper" version of an online course. In LLT 555, students implement their online course designs in a real LMS.

Our LLT 535/555 "design then build" philosophy ensures that students are able to first conceptualize and design an effective and practical online course before delving into the technical vagaries needed to build a course in any given LMS system.

The final course in our sequence is LLT 590. LLT 590 places students back in their districts or other settings where they work with an instructional designer and/or online mentor to create blended/online resources for specific teaching and learning situations.

A diligent student can complete our course sequence in four semesters. We believe that the sequence and pacing of our program ensures that our graduates are prepared to create and deliver highly effective online experiences for their K-12 students. As a testament to the effectiveness of our program, many of our graduates are now teaching as instructional designers in diverse settings ranging from K-12 to higher education, to corporate America. Testimonials from these students can be found on our homepage.  

Contact Information:

Associate Prof. William Jefferson
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dept. of Library and Learning Technologies