NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Capstone Course - Becoming an Online Teacher

EDUC 600




Instructor: Amy Michalowski

Grading: Letter or S/U

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 19, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150 + Course Fee: $275

Class Offered Through Virtual High School

Course Description:

This is the capstone course in the five course series that involves an intensive online teaching practicum and portfolio project.

Becoming an Online Teacher will give participants the opportunity to experience online teaching by partnering with a VHS online master teacher in an established middle or high school course. Through observation, reflection and actively participating in the online classroom environment, the participant will first partner with the master teacher to deliver instruction, and then will fully assume online classroom responsibilities.


At the completion of this course, students will have completed the following:

  • Partnered with a VHS online master teacher on ways to transform curriculum to build a web-enhanced or online learning environment.
  • Learned to combine the best features of in-class teaching with the best features of online learning to promote active learning and critical thinking.
  • Facilitated project-based and collaborative learning in an online course.
  • Discovered how to promote an online dialogue to deepen the learning experience.
  • Discerned the importance of specifying learning objectives and outcomes for students and learn how to design activities and assessments based upon learning outcomes.
  • Become comfortable using the Internet as an instructional tool.
  • Be able to fully assume online classroom responsibilities.

About The Instructor

Amy Michalowski
Amy Michalowski

Amy Michalowski earned a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Worchester State College in Massachusetts. Her B.S. in Biotechnology is awarded from Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Amy spent 7 years as a chemistry teacher before moving into a career teaching professional development courses to K-12 educators. 



**Registration Instructions:

Please register with Virtual High School at http://thevhs.org/ for the course prior to registering for NDSU Professional Development Graduate Credit.

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided. Use the Cancel Registration Form to cancel your registration for an NDSU Distance and Continuing Education class. 

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