Online Courses

Free and self-paced learning!

The LTC online courses are meant to offer a bird’s eye view of technology tools or instructional strategies. Courses will have current content in a multimodal format (i.e. slide decks, audio, video, hyperlinks, etc.). The course structure consists of the following 4 sections:

  1. Home: course details and instructor contact information
  2. Learn: what does this tool do, how to use this tool, suggestions to use in education, and support materials
  3. Do: tasks you have to perform to earn PD Hours. Most times this will consist of a short quiz and a performance task
  4. Explore: additional resources on the subject matter to explore on your own

April 22, 2019 - May 31, 2019 Online Courses

Save Time with an Organized Google Drive!

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.

**Registration is closed for this course

Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments

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.

**Registration is closed for this course

Maximize the Power of Google Docs

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!

**Registration is closed for this course

Understanding the Power of Google Docs

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.

**Registration is closed for this course

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does a typical course look like?

    The LTC online courses are meant to offer a bird’s eye view of technology tools or instructional strategies. Courses will have current content in a multimodal format (i.e. slide decks, audio, video, hyperlinks, etc.). The course structure consists of the following 4 sections:

    1. Home: course details and instructor contact information
    2. Learn: what does this tool do, how to use this tool, suggestions to use in education, and support materials
    3. Do: tasks you have to perform to earn PD Hours. Most times this will consist of a short quiz and a performance task
    4. Explore: additional resources on the subject matter to explore on your own
  • 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.

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

    Yes, however a timelines for repeating the courses has not been determined yet.

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

    No! The courses are designed to be asynchronous so you work at your own pace. Just be sure to submit your final artifacts prior to the end of the course.

  • Is there a fee for the online course?

    Nope! LTC online courses are free.

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

    Once the course is completed, our instructors will review the artifacts for completion. Approximately two weeks after the course end date, 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 Christina Ronquest at cronquest@ltcillinois.org.

  • What time commitment will an online course take?

    The LTC online courses are designed to take approximately 2 hours to complete. This is a guideline only and actual time spent may vary based on previous experience with the course subject matter.

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

    If you are having problems with registration, please email Christina Ronquest at cronquest@ltcillinois.org

  • 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. Since there is no charge for the online courses there isn’t a monetary penalty. However, incomplete work will be recorded and if it becomes a repetitive practice you may become ineligible to participate in future courses. To receive professional development credit you must complete the requirements listed in each course. No partial credit will be given.

  • 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?

    es! 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?

    es! The LTC will release new courses around a series of different tools (i.e. Google, Apple, Personalized Learning, etc.). Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter for updates on when new courses are released.