Online Courses

Online Learning for Any Schedule

The Learning Technology Center offers a variety of online courses, focusing on educational technology trends and best practices in a format that fits educators’ busy schedules. From self-paced to guided learning, educators learn practical skills to begin implementing in their classrooms immediately.

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Create Digital Assessments with Google Forms

Self-Paced / 1.5PD Hours / Free
Most people know Google Forms as an information gathering app. It allows users to create surveys and collect data quickly and easily; but that's not all. In this course, you will learn everything K12 educators need to know to build forms specifically for formative and summative student assessments. Get a walkthrough of the process of building forms in Google, including how to add questions, insert images and videos, and invite others to collaborate on forms. Forms assessments support various types of question formats such as text, paragraph, multiple-choice, lists, check boxes, scale, and grid. You will cover how to work with student responses, including customizing response settings, sending the form to recipients, viewing and analyzing response data, and the most exciting feature for teachers: creating self-grading digital quizzes and tests. Objectives: - Participants will learn how to build a Google Form. - Participants will learn how to create both formative and summative digital student assessments. - Participants will learn how to distribute forms to students via Google Classroom, LMS, website, or email. - Participants will learn how to view, analyze, and customize student data generated by forms. **Registration closes on May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Cybersecurity for Administrators

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
This course is designed to help administrators understand common cybersecurity threats and appropriate responses. This course will also provide foundational best practices to secure student data. This course was created in partnership by Ed Leaders Network, Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology, Illinois Principals Association, and the Learning Technology Center.
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Cybersecurity for Educators

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
This course is designed to help educators understand common cybersecurity threats and appropriate responses. This course will also provide foundational best practices to secure student data. This course was created in partnership by Ed Leaders Network, Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology, Illinois Principals Association, and the Learning Technology Center.
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Designing Remote Learning Experiences Pilot Microcredential

Self-Paced / 6PD Hours / Free
Remote learning activities require examining student learning through a different lens. Participants in this pilot micro-credential will learn about different learning theories that support effective student learning in remote and hybrid situations. Participants will also learn how to apply these theories and design effective remote learning activities for students who cannot be physically present in their classrooms. Participants will learn how to integrate a few basic tools that can support their remote lesson activities as well. This micro-credential is part of a group, or "stack," of micro-credentials that focus on specific elements of successful remote teaching and learning. Each micro-credential includes relevant content for the educator, job-embedded challenges, and projects to demonstrate skills that will help students during times of remote learning. This stack of micro-credentials can also recognize and reward educators who have already mastered the art and science of educating students remotely.
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Feedback and Assessment during Remote Learning Pilot Microcredential

Self-Paced / 6PD Hours / Free
Assessing student learning is an essential part of any learning experience, but it can be challenging during times of remote learning. This pilot micro-credential will explore different tools and methods supporting both formative and summative assessment that can be used during remote learning or any technology-enabled lesson activity. This micro-credential is part of a group, or "stack," of micro-credentials that focus on specific elements of successful remote teaching and learning. Each micro-credential includes relevant content for the educator, job-embedded challenges, and projects to demonstrate skills that will help students during times of remote learning. This stack of micro-credentials can also recognize and reward educators who have already mastered the art and science of educating students remotely.
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Get To Know Microsoft Teams

Self-Paced / 1.5PD Hours / Free
The business world has found Microsoft Teams to be a very useful tool to promote team collaboration and communication. More recently, Microsoft for Education has begun using Teams as a hub for classroom communication and information sharing. Microsoft Teams can support student and teacher collaboration within the classroom and in remote learning situations In this course, educators will learn how to leverage Teams for school use. Learners will: Understand how Microsoft Teams can be used to facilitate student learning and professional learning. Build knowledge of the features and interface for Microsoft Teams for Education. Learn how Microsoft Teams can support learning in a variety of educational settings. **Registration closes on May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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GMail Essentials

Self-Paced / 1.5PD Hours / Free
Google's GMail is widely used by schools and individuals alike. Its ease of use, flexibility, and cross-platform functionality make it a great choice to help manage daily communications. This course will take the learner on a journey from setting up their GMail account to customizing their settings to make GMail work for many individual scenarios. Together we'll learn how to communicate effectively with one of Google's core applications. **Registration closes on May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Google Drive Basics

Self-Paced / 1.5PD Hours / Free
Is your Google Drive a mess? Do you have files strewn about and have to search every time you need access? This is the course for you! In this course, you will learn to navigate Google Drive and organize your files in a way that makes sense to you. Learn tips and tricks to increase your productivity as well as how to navigate this essential Google tool. By the end of this module you will: - Learn how to manage and manipulate folders including by color, order, location and more - Understand share settings, ownership, restrictions and more - Explore tips and tricks to increase your productivity **Registration closes on May 24, 2021 at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021 by 11:59 PM.
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Keep It All Together with OneNote

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
Microsoft's free OneNote platform provides a versatile set of tools for student note-taking. It can also be an outstanding platform to create classroom notebooks and student-centered texts to support your in-person and remote learning activities. In this course, you'll learn how to get started with OneNote as well as some practical ways to apply your command of OneNote in various classroom applications. **Registration closes on May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Keynote for Mac

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
Welcome to Keynote. This video-based course will explore the different components of the Keynote program. This is a tremendous classroom technology that will engage students and allow them to put their creative, critical, and analytical skills to the test. Keynote is a presentation creation software that allows anyone to create stunning and memorable presentations. Students and teachers can also collaborate in real-time with others on a Mac, iPad, iPhone, or even a PC. Upon completion of this course, the learner will have a better understanding of the inner workings of the Keynote presentation system, how to navigate and create presentations, collaborate in real-time, and present Keynote presentations. NOTE: This course will focus on Keynote for Mac; Keynote for iPad is very similar but will not be addressed in this course. The use of Keynote on a Mac is required for this course. **Registration closes on May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Let’s Get Going with Google Docs

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
This course will help the participant understand the basics functions and settings of Google Docs and help you integrate this surprisingly powerful tool into your instructional activities. Specifically, participants will learn how to: * Create and format Google Doc * Share and collaborate with students & colleagues within Google Docs * Insert media to enhance Google Docs * Use a variety of tools built into Google Docs **Registration closes on May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Managing Remote Learning Experiences Pilot Microcredential

Self-Paced / 6PD Hours / Free
One of the most challenging aspects of remote learning is managing activities for students who cannot be physically present. Participants in this micro-credential pilot will learn how to develop an effective classroom management plan for remote, hybrid, or in-person learning activities that utilize technology tools. Participants will demonstrate their skills through video and/or other means. This micro-credential is part of a group, or "stack," of micro-credentials that focus on specific elements of successful remote teaching and learning. Each micro-credential includes relevant content for the educator, job-embedded challenges, and projects to demonstrate skills that will help students during times of remote learning. This stack of micro-credentials can also recognize and reward educators who have already mastered the art and science of educating students remotely.
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Meet the New Google Meet

Self-Paced / 1PD Hours / Free
This course will help the participant become more familiar with Google Meet, a free video-conferencing tool that is gaining widespread use in remote learning scenarios. Participants will learn the basic functionality of Google Meet and how to integrate it into instructional activities. Specifically, participants will learn how to: * Join and host Google Meet online video conferences * Manage participants in a Google Meet conference * Improve the quality of Google Meet conferences and use presentation tools * Use Google Meet in a variety of classroom and remote learning activities **Registration closes on May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Move Your Class Online with Google Classroom

Self-Paced / 1.5PD Hours / Free
One of the most difficult tasks teachers have when shifting to a digital environment involves the struggle of organizing all the digital documents. Where do they go? How can you possibly keep track? What will you do without that massive bag of papers to haul home and grade every night? If you teach with the Google tools, your answer is Google Classroom! Google Classroom was released by Google at the start of the 2014 school year. Since then it has grown tremendously and provided teachers and students a learning space to organize and effectively manage digital course work. This online course will combine explanation and exploration of Google Classroom as a means of streamlining workflow while engaging students in authentic learning experiences. Join us to learn how Google Classroom will revolutionize your class’s digital experience! By the end of this course, participants will have an understanding of: - How to create and manage a class of students. - The workflow in creating and sharing digital files with students. - How to provide feedback to students using Google Classroom. - How Google Classroom connects with other 3rd party applications. **Registration closes on May 24, 20201, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Pages for Mac and iPad

Self-Paced / 1PD Hours / Free
This course is an introduction to the word processing program, Pages. Pages is available as a Mac or iPad app. When the learner has finished the series, he or she will be able to open Pages, create and save a document, as well as make a more advanced document with pictures, shapes, or text boxes. Additionally, the learner will learn to collaborate with other users within a document and share the document through iCloud. The course will close with ideas to help educators use Pages in a classroom setting. NOTE: This course will focus largely on Pages for Mac; Pages for iPad is very similar but will make up a small portion of the course. The use of Pages on a Mac is very strongly encouraged for this course. **Registration closes on May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Parenting in a Pandemic: Brain-Based SEL for Caregivers

Self-Paced / 0PD Hours / Free
This fun and interactive course will support parents as they help students engage with remote or blended learning activities. Learn how to develop learning spaces at home, support student engagement, and self-regulation, and manage both parent and student social and emotional well-being when learning at home. Note: After registering, parents will receive a follow-up email with instructions to enroll in this self-paced Canvas course.
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Stay Organized with Google Calendar

Self-Paced / 1.5PD Hours / Free
Google's Calendar is a great place to get started on your journey toward integrating technology into your instructional activities. Calendar is easy to use and powerful when mastered. In this foundational course, participants will learn how to: * Create a Google Account * Create and customize calendars and events * Join, search and share calendars * Utilize Calendar sharing options This course is a great springboard for understanding GMail, Google Classroom, and other GSuite tools. **Registration closes on May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by May 31, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Supporting Students with Special Needs in Remote Learning Pilot Microcredential

Self-Paced / 6PD Hours / Free
Remote learning can be challenging for any student, especially those with special needs. This pilot micro-credential will assist educators in understanding how Universal Design for Learning can support all students, including those with special needs, when designing and delivering remote learning activities. We'll work together to design lesson activities that support increased student choice and agency during times of remote learning. This micro-credential is part of a group, or "stack," of micro-credentials that focus on specific elements of successful remote teaching and learning. Each micro-credential includes relevant content for the educator, job-embedded challenges, and projects to demonstrate skills that will help students during times of remote learning. This stack of micro-credentials can also recognize and reward educators who have already mastered the art and science of educating students remotely.
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Understanding Remote Learning Pilot Microcredential

Self-Paced / 6PD Hours / Free
Remote teaching and learning can pose new challenges, even for the most experienced educator. This micro-credential is intended to support educators in their efforts to extend learning experiences beyond the classroom walls and support students when they cannot be present for in-person instruction. This micro-credential is part of a group, or "stack," of micro-credentials that focus on specific elements of successful remote teaching and learning. Each micro-credential includes relevant content for the educator, job-embedded challenges, and projects to demonstrate skills that will help students during times of remote learning. This stack of micro-credentials can also recognize and reward educators who have already mastered the art and science of educating students remotely.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does a typical course look like?

    The typical course structure varies depending on the type of course an educator selects. Shorter, two-hour credit courses are meant to be self-paced with a structure of Learn, Do, and Explore. Courses with more professional development credits may be synchronous or asynchronous and require participants to submit/post more frequently.

  • Can I register for an online course after the start date?

    This depends on the type of course you register for. Courses that are labeled as “Self-Paced” are open enrollment and you may join at anytime during the enrollment period. To see the enrollment period, please click on the “Register Now!” button.

    If you select a course that is a “Facilitated” course, you will not be allowed to register after the start of the course. Registration closes a couple of days prior to the start of the online courses, so be sure to register ahead of time. Registration close date information is available on the registration page for each of the online courses. Check back often as new opportunities will be posted frequently throughout the year.

  • Will the same LTC courses be available again, after the end date?

    Yes, however a timelines for repeating the courses may vary depending on delivery method, course length, facilitator availability, and/or demand.

  • Are there certain times I have to attend during the online course?

    Check the course information before registering. Shorter, two credit hour courses are self-paced. Longer courses may be synchronous or asynchronous. If you have questions, please check with the LTC Online Learning Specialist, Matt Jacobson (mjacobson@ltcillinois.org).

  • How do I get my clock hours/PD hours?

    Once the course is completed, our instructors will review the artifacts for completion. Shortley after, an evaluation form will be sent to your email. Once that has been completed, then you will receive your Evidence of Completion in your email. If you feel that you have not received your evaluation form in that time, please email Brian Bates at bbates@ltcillinois.org.

  • What time commitment will an online course take?

    The time to complete a course will vary based on the individual course. The number of Professional Development Hours (PD Hours) are listed for each course. You can expect to spend approximately that amount of time on the course.

  • I am having trouble registering, what do I do?

    If you are having problems with registration, please email Matt Jacobson at mjacobson@ltcillinois.org.

  • How do I login to start my course?

    Please visit: https://canvas.ltcillinois.org/login/canvas?newlogin=true

    Using the email account you used upon registration, please enter your email address. You will receive an email with a request to update password and then prompted to log in. You will not be able to log in prior to the start date.

  • Do I need to create my own Canvas account, or will one be created for me?

    After you register, a Canvas account will be created for you.

  • Can I use a pre-existing Canvas account, or will one be created for me?

    It’s great that you have a pre-existing account, but we’ll need to create a separate account just for the LTC installation of Canvas.

  • What if I don't complete the class?

    We understand that life gets busy and sometimes there are obstacles that can’t be overcome. To receive professional development credit you must complete the requirements listed in each course. No partial credit will be given. Do not hesitate to contact the course facilitator if you fall behind and need assistance.

  • By when do I have to complete my coursework to earn clock hours/PD Hours?

    Each online course has a specific start date and end date. Please be sure to check the end date for your particular course and make sure all work is submitted within Canvas by that date.

  • Are office hours available?

    Office hours in the traditional sense will not be available for the LTC online courses. Instructor contact information, however, is listed on the homepage of each course should you need to contact the instructor.

  • Can I contact my instructor directly if I have a question?

    Yes! If you have questions regarding the course or assignments please reach out to your individual instructor for clarification. Please contact the LTC for tech support at https://ltcillinois.org/connect/.

  • Will future courses be offered?

    Yes! The LTC is hard at work identifying timely topics and developing content for new online courses.