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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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! 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!

Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments

2 PD Hours

Self-Paced

FREE

Maximize the Power of Google Classroom

2 PD Hours

Self-Paced

FREE

Course Description

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Course Description

This course will provide teachers with experience using online tools for collaboration, visual thinking, multimedia production, productivity and assessment at the higher levels of SAMR. Teachers will explore multiple tools in each category and be guided through a process of determining which tool best integrates technology into the learning environment in a powerful way.

 

 

 

 

Save Time with an Organized Google Drive!

2 PD Hours

Self-Paced

FREE

Transforming Instruction with Digital Tools

14 PD Hours

Facilitated, 7 Weeks

$50

Course Description

Are you looking for ways to do more with Google Docs in your classroom? We will learn how to create, share and collaborate using Google Docs and then explore how you can provide feedback, look at revision history, and several other functions to help you and your students.

 

 

 

 

Understanding the Power of Google Docs

2 PD Hours

Self-Paced

FREE

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?

    No, you are unable to register after the start date. 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 availablilty, 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. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter for updates on when new courses are released.