Have you ever wanted to bring Christian education materials to a wider audience? Online learning allows for great flexibility — anyone with a reasonable internet connection can participate in your course — while maintaining a strong learning environment. Students and instructors log in and participate at the time of day that works best for their own schedule while still maintaining connection and daily interaction.
This is a two-week course designed to familiarize learners with the mission of the Institute for Discipleship and specifically BeADisciple.com, which hosts online courses. This course covers the basics of building, planning, marketing, and teaching online courses using the Blackboard software as well as the policies and procedures of BeADisciple. This course is required for all instructors before building their own courses on BeADisciple.com, but it is only required once.
In the first week, participants will use the software as a student in order to experience its various features from the perspective of a student in an online course.* Mid-week, learners will be given a practice course site to administer as if building and leading a course in order to learn to use the tools. Many who come into this How To course with ideas and plans for a course of their own end up developing much of their actual course structure in the second week. They will also learn some basic marketing ideas in week two. Upon completion of the How To course, participants will be certified to offer their own courses through BeADisciple.com.
Zoom Pro is used by BeADisciple as the synchronous (live meeting) software. Opportunity to meet with the course instructor, Beth Perry, will be offered during week two for anyone enrolled who does not have Zoom experience or anyone who would like 30 minutes of personal tutoring.
* It is highly recommended that anyone new to BeADisciple first participate in a course as a learner before attempting this instructor training.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 2
Required books: No
Zoom: Yes, optional
Certificate or Series: No
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About the Instructor
Beth Perry is BeADisciple’s Instructor Coach and has been an instructor herself for more than a dozen years. She has led a wide variety of courses, including LSM courses and IFD Certifications. In addition, she has taught college religion courses over a span of almost 30 years and has 20+ years of pastoral experience.
Past Learners Said…
“I learned how to develop & submit my course idea, and in addition, I learned how the Blackboard software works & what parts might work best with the course I am working on. Learned TONS in 2 short weeks!”
“I feel that I have a good working knowledge of how to create my own class, using a wide variety of tools and methods. I’m confident that if I’m not sure how to do something, that Lisa will be available to help me figure it out and that makes it much less scary! 🙂 ”
“This course did a really great job of integrating hands-on instruction and independent work by the student. I liked how each part was divided neatly into weekly sections, so that I could sample the course work and get guidance in the first week and then run with my own attempt at creating a course in the second week.”