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Online Learning Courses & News

Online Learning Courses & News

The WVIZ Education Department provides educators with professional development opportunities in an accessible online format that makes learning fun, flexible, and collaborative.

Educators can participate in high-quality, online learning experiences through the course management system Moodle, available for graduate credit from area universities. PBS TeacherLine also has 80 graduate level courses that span the curriculum.

The ideastream Education department will customize online courses for teachers and administrators in a school district to address specific needs.

For more information, contact Ann Ebersole via email or call 216-916-6364.

Download the Winter 2015 Online Class Flier

Information here for face-2-face and online Preparing Students for Ohio’s Next Generation Assessments training.

The Dec. 3 face-2-face training is closed to new registrations due to capacity enrollment. Feb. 26 face-2-face training open for registrations. Plus 5 choices of dates for the Assessment online course available.

Local Online Courses

Apps for Early Learners (Grades K-3)

Apps for Early Learners (Grades K-3)

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Apps - kids love them (of course)!  Young learners are amazingly intuitive with tech gadgets.  Even children who typically need assistance with “real world” activities, pick up an iPad and start touching, poking, and flicking “pages” like they’ve been doing this all their lives (maybe they have).  This online course will explore apps appropriate for early learners for all curriculum areas. Graduate credit is available for an additional fee.

Session Dates:

Jan. 21 – Feb. 17
May 20 – Jun. 16

Registration

Apps for Educators

Apps for Educators

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Apps - what are they and how can they be used in the classroom?  As more people have access to smaller, mobile devices like iPads and Smartphones, Apps will become more & more popular both in the mainstream and in education.  As educators, we need to instruct our students on how to use these mobile devices as learning tools.  This online course will explore Apps available for all curriculum areas and grade levels. Graduate credit is available for an additional fee. (Grades 4-12)

“The class was awesome.  I am now applying for grants for iPads for students to use the amazing apps and resources we found!  The class even shared grant foundation resources.  Thanks.” Suzy Hirsch, FEFE Ohio State Educator, Hudson High School

Session Dates:

Apr. 22 – May 19

Registration

Boys Adrift by L. Sax

Boys Adrift by L. Sax

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Dr. Sax identifies and explores a disturbing trend - the vast number of boys who seem to be disengaging from school and from their own potential. His analysis of the problem, as well as his insights and advice for parents and teachers make this a must read for anyone who is frustrated with what is happening to boys in our culture. Graduate credit is available for an additional fee. Book an additional $15.

Session Dates:

Apr. 22 – May 19

Registration

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Cyber bullying is like having a gigantic megaphone. Bullies can spread vitriol quickly and anonymously. Parents, school administrators, and law enforcement are all concerned about it as law suits and even teen suicides have brought awareness to the issue. This online course takes an in depth look at bullying in the digital age and techniques to use to deal with the issue. Graduate credit is available for an additional fee.

Session Dates:

Jan. 21 – Feb. 17

Registration

How We Got to Now: 6 Innovations That Made the Modern World - NEW

How We Got to Now: 6 Innovations That Made the Modern World -  NEW

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Based on the new book by Steven Johnson and the PBS Series. Explore the power and the legacy of great ideas. Topics explored in the series include why and how ideas happen, and their sometimes unintended results. Explore the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, etc.) from their creation to their unintended historical consequences. Book not included.

Session Dates:

Feb. 25 – Mar. 24
Apr. 22 – May 19

Registration

iPad in Education

iPad in Education

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

NEW! Educators and administrators can learn what the iPad has to offer and how to incorporate it into the classroom. iPads support different learning styles, keep information updated, facilitate research, and empower students to engage in the learning process. Learn to set up iPads for student use, manage content, maintain control, and plan your implementation.

Session Dates:

Mar. 25 – Apr. 21

Registration

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by R. Simmons

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by R. Simmons

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Odd Girl Out shines the light of understanding on the secret lives of girls. The secret world of girls’ aggression is just as harmful as the aggression of boys, but it is harder to recognize. By articulating the dynamics of this behavior, Simmons gives parents and teachers ways in which to help our daughters. Graduate credit available for an additional fee.

Session Dates:

Feb. 25 – Mar. 24

Registration

OH!Lead: Transformative Leadership Through Technology

OH!Lead: Transformative Leadership Through Technology

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

This class is aimed at school administrators. This class focuses on skills and thinking needed in transforming schools, districts or organizations to successfully and seamlessly utilize technology tools, resources and innovative solutions to advance student achievement, foster educator productivity and extend learning opportunities for all.

Session Dates:

Jan. 21 – Feb. 17
Feb. 25 – Mar. 24
Mar. 25 – Apr. 21
Apr. 22 – May 19
May 20 – Jun. 16

Registration

Preparing Students for Ohio’s Next Generation Assessments - NEW

Preparing Students for Ohio’s Next Generation Assessments - NEW

Cost: $150
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Ohio’s next generation assessments, using technology enhanced test items, will look very different to students. This training will provide teachers with tools and resources to help their students with the tasks and technology used in the assessments. With an emphasis on student growth, learn how to help your district successfully implement Ohio’s new assessments.

Session Dates:

Jan. 21 – Feb. 17
Feb. 25 – Mar. 24
Mar. 25 – Apr. 21
Apr. 22 – May 19
May 20 – Jun. 16

Registration

The Flipped/Blended Classroom

The Flipped/Blended Classroom

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

In this online course, participants will learn what teachers around the country are doing to reverse the teaching process and take advantage of the student’s love for 21st century technology while adding flexibility to the school day. Graduate credit is available for an additional fee.

Session Dates:

Feb. 25 – Mar. 24

Registration

The Global Achievement Gap - An Online Book Study

The Global Achievement Gap - An Online Book Study

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

In the Global Achievement Gap, education expert Tony Wagner situates our school problems in the larger context of the demands of the global knowledge economy.  With insights gained from interviews with business leaders, review of new research and extensive classroom observations in the country’s leading suburban schools, he analyzes performance by considering the skills the next generation will need in the workplace.  This is a must-read for anyone interested in seeing our young people achieve their full potential. Graduate credit is available for an additional fee. Book not included.

Session Dates:

Mar. 25 – Apr. 21

Registration

The Other Wes Moore - NEW

The Other Wes Moore -  NEW

Cost: $130
1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Online Book Study: Two kids with the same name, living in the same decaying city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation. Book not included.

Session Dates:

Jan. 21 – Feb. 17
Mar. 25 – Apr. 21
May 20 – Jun. 16

Registration

To Kill a Mockingbird by H. Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by H. Lee

Cost: $135
2 graduate credits for an additional fee

Read this timeless novel while discovering new ways to integrate this Pulitzer Prize winner into your curriculum. Utilizing a variety of multimedia resources, including PBS/NPR programming and online materials, educators learn how they can create innovative and engaging experiences that extend learning far beyond the traditional reading assignment. This class would be valuable for language arts and history teachers, as well as any classroom teacher, guidance counselor or administrator. There are multiple themes in the book that impact on all areas of teaching and working with students. Graduate credit is available for an additional fee. Book not included.

Session Dates:

Jan. 21 – Mar. 3
Mar. 4 – Apr. 14
Apr. 15 – May 26

Registration

21st Century Tech Skills for the Common Core

INFOhioThe INFOhio 21 Essential Things for 21st Century Success is an online learning program that encourages educators to learn how emerging web-based technologies can change the way educators access information and communicate with each other. It will also give some background on Ohio’s new 21st century skills initiative.

These WVIZ Online Class Modules will highlight groups of the INFOhio 21 Essential Things for 21st Century Success discovery exercises to help you become familiar with blogging, RSS news feeds, tagging, podcasting, online applications, and video and image hosting sites as well as popular social networking tools. You will learn how the resources provided by INFOhio work with these new web tools and how to use these INFOhio tools both professionally and in classrooms across Ohio.

In these WVIZ Modules there will be Facilitators to help you get started and guide you through the Module groups. You need to take Module One first. You can take more than one module during a four weeks session.

Cost: $130 each module

1 graduate credit for an additional fee for each module

Four Modules available - each covering 4 or 5 of the INFOhio 21 Things, each offering one graduate credit. These modules are created for Ohio educators to explore and engage in Web 2.0 technologies and 21st Century Learning Skills. Module 1 needs to be taken first and can be taken with others at the same time.

Module One
Jan. 21 – Feb. 17
Feb. 25 – Mar. 24
Mar. 25 – Apr. 21
Apr. 22 – May 19
May 20 – Jun. 16
Module Two
Jan. 21 – Feb. 17
Apr. 22 – May 19
Module Three
Feb. 25 – Mar. 24
May 20 – Jun. 16
Module Four
Mar. 25 – Apr. 21

Registration

PBS TeacherLine Courses

About PBS TeacherLine

PBS TeacherLine National Online Courses

PBS TeacherLinePBS TeacherLine is a series of facilitated online courses produced by leading educators and educational institutions. They are video-rich and are project-based. Each week, learners complete an assignment, read articles and view video, and participate in online discussions. Graduate credit is available from several universities listed at the TeacherLine site.

Register for a TeacherLine class online now.

In-District Courses

The ideastream Education Department can provide multiple teachers in a single district with online training. Experienced facilitators will guide the learners (no more than 18 per section). ideastream will take care of all the registration and administrative tasks. Registration lists and course completion reports will be submitted to the school district. Special single district pricing is available for groups of 15 or more.

For more information or to request a proposal, contact Ann Ebersole at (216) 916-6364 or .

Graduate Credit

Important Notice: WVIZ has streamlined procedures for registering educators for graduate credit for online courses.

We offer graduate credit through the following universities. Grades are Pass/Fail.

Download the graduate credit form for your university below, fill in the information, and send the form and payment to the address below. If paying by check, make the check payable to the university.

Ann Ebersole
WVIZ/PBS ideastream
1375 Euclid Ave., Suite LL
Cleveland, OH 44115

or fax to (216) 916-6365.

Graduate Credit is available at the cost per credit hour of $160 for Ashland University, $170 for Cleveland State University, $175 for John Carroll University and $180 for the University of Akron. Ashland will be assessing credit card payments $4.05.

Note: To receive graduate credit, learners must register with a university within one week after the start date of the class. No late graduate credit requests can be accepted. Once a learner has registered for graduate credit, that learner is responsible for completing the requirements of the course. WVIZ/PBS cannot withdraw requests for graduate credit once they are submitted.

Please send any graduate credit questions to Ann Ebersole via email.

Obtaining Transcripts

The Ashland University transcript form is available here. There is a small cost to have the transcript sent to you by Ashland. Grades will be available on an Ashland transcript within two or three weeks after the end of each course.

The University of Akron transcript form is available here. Grades are added to University of Akron transcripts at the end of each semester.

The Cleveland State University transcript form is available here. Grades are added to Cleveland State University transcripts at the end of each semester.

The John Carroll University transcript form is available here. Grades are added to a John Carroll University transcript at the end of each semester.

Refund Policy

  • The learner can withdraw from the course with a full refund up until 2 business days after the course start date.
  • The learner can withdraw from the course with a half-refund up until 7 days after the course start date.
  • If the learner is enrolled on the eighth day following the course start date (not the eighth business day) they will receive no refund.

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