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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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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Gmail: Effective Email Communication

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
Google's Gmail is widely used today by schools and individuals alike. Its flexibility, ease of use, and cross-platform functionality make it a great choice to help manage daily personal and professional 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 December 17, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by December 23, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Google Calendar: Simple Online Organization

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
Staying organized online can be challenging, but a few simple tools can help ease your transition. This course will start out by helping you set up a personal Google account. Then we'll provide you with an overview of Google Calendar's features and settings to help make your Calendar work for you. We'll wrap up by looking at how Google Calendar might be used in a classroom or school setting. **Registration closes on December 17, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by December 23, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Google Classroom: Organize Online Learning

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
One of the most difficult tasks teachers have when shifting to a digital environment involves the struggle of organizing digital documents. Where do they go? How can you possibly keep track of them all? What will you do without that massive bag of papers to haul home and grade every night? If you teach with Google tools, your answer is Google Classroom! 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. **Registration closes on December 17, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by December 23, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Google Drive: Create, Organize, and Collaborate

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
This course is designed to offer learners an overview of how to use Google Drive in a classroom setting and in everyday life. During this course you will learn: How to use Google Drive as a way to store files "in the cloud" How to organize files and folders using a variety of methods How to share files with students and colleagues **Registration closes on December 17, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by December 23, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Microsoft OneNote: Keep It All Together

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 December 17, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by December 23, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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Microsoft Teams: Your Digital Classroom Solutions

Self-Paced / 2PD Hours / Free
Microsoft Teams is much more than a business tool promoting team collaboration and communication. Microsoft Teams can also be a hub for classroom communication and information sharing. Microsoft Teams can support student, parent, and teacher collaboration within the classroom and in remote learning situations. This course is designed to help you integrate this productive tool into your instruction, both in-person and remotely. In this course, educators will learn how to leverage Teams for use in blended and remote learning classrooms. Learners will: - Understand how Microsoft Teams can be used to facilitate both 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 December 17, 2021, at 11:59 PM. All coursework must be completed by December 23, 2021, by 11:59 PM.
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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.