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Master Online Teacher Certificate: Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) Series

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Campus: Springfield

Program Type: Continuing Education

Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) is a series of online faculty development courses designed to help staff and faculty members acquire the skills and knowledge to teach and learn online, to help staff and administration support online education, to improve the quality of online education across the globe.

All MVCR courses are delivered online and rely on asynchronous discussion and collaboration as the principle form of communication. Thus, there are no class times. Some courses may also have optional synchronous online chats or office hours, and said resources are available for students to meet as groups online. The courses take place wherever your computer is: at home, at work, on the road - anywhere you can connect to the Internet. No campus visits are ever required. Participants interact with one another and with the instructor via a Web-based conferencing system.

Course content is presented in modules, each of which covers a specific topic. Most, if not all, of the materials you will use in your course are online. Your instructor may recommend books or additional paper-based resources. The course instructors model the strategies that we hope participants will eventually use in their own online courses. The online format gives participants new to online teaching an opportunity to experience the virtual classroom from a student's perspective.

Because these online training courses are delivered asynchronously, participants are able to interact with the content and with other participants at their convenience. This allows the instructor and participants to reflect on course content in far greater depth and more thoroughly than can be accomplished in a face-to-face workshop. These courses are not self- paced. Participants work through the material in the course together and are expected to interact frequently with others in the course.

Contact Information:

Register Now for MVCR, or for more information about the program, please contact:

Emily Boles
Interim Program Coordinator, Illinois Online Network
Phone: (217) 206-8650
E-mail: boles.emily@uis.edu


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