Self-Paced Courses

In addition to the facilitated courses in our certificate programs, we also are in the process of developing a number of self-paced courses for informational purposes. Please bookmark this page and check back often for listings.

Self-paced courses cover various subjects that are completed asynchronously. Many of these courses do have assignments associated with them, and participants will be emailed a digital badge or certificate after successful completion of the course.

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What is Online@VCU?

This short, self-paced course, presents a brief introduction to online learning, including important terminology, the state of online learning in higher education, the timeline of distance education and current research into online learning.
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Active Learning Online: Objectives and Alignment

Active learning online explores how effective online learning begins with a focus on what we want our students to do and be by the end of the course. Participants create active learning objectives, aligned and measurable activities, and map out sections of a course using specific design frameworks. This self-paced course should take 2-4 hours. Course includes an optional final assignment to earn a certificate of completion.
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Andragogy for the Online Classroom

Designing and teaching your course with the principles of andragogy in mind can help you set your students up to succeed and empower them to take ownership of their learning. This course will introduce you to the foundational thinking behind andragogy, how it has evolved, and how you can apply andragogical principles to both your teaching strategies and course design methods. This course is intended to take 2-4 hours.
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Digital Simulations: Part 1

Digital Simulations: Part I is for participants who are new to simulations and where there may not be a lot of use or research about their use in your teaching area. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a number of digital simulations and gain a better understanding of what goes into a well designed and executed simulation. This self-paced course should take 2-4 hours. Course includes an optional final assignment to earn a certificate of completion.
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Digital Simulations: Part 2

Digital Simulations: Part II walks participants through the process of designing and creating a role playing simulation or branching scenario. Participants can get ideas and inspiration by examining faculty-created simulations and scenarios. There is also an opportunity to build a simple branching scenario using free tools. This self paced course will take approximately 4-6 hours. Course includes an optional final assignment to earn a certificate of completion.
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Diversity and Inclusion in Online Learning

Online learning environments present opportunities and challenges when it comes to creating inclusive learning communities. This course will explore the growing body of literature on diversity and inclusion in online learning, draw upon best practices in online learning to discuss practical strategies, and consult cognate fields to inform our examination of online identity and presence. This self paced course will take approximately 4-6 hours. Course includes an optional final assignment to earn a certificate of completion.
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Google Solutions: Part 1

Collaborating with productivity tools like Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides, will allow students to engage in the course content and participate in activities. This course will cover the basic uses of Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides and how they can be used as a collaboration tool in course work group work, grading and research. This course is intended to take approximately 4-6 hours, or what would be considered two weeks of assignments in a three-credit hour course.
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Service Learning Online

Service learning is a major part of how VCU “makes it real,” but did you know service learning can happen in online courses, too? This course explores the basics of designing a service learning course, explores the types of online service learning courses, and has participants reflect on community engagement in their field and create community engaged learning objectives and assessments. This self-paced course takes 4-6 hours. Course includes an optional final assignment to earn a certificate of completion.
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Tips on Creating Accessible Course Content

Tips on Creating Accessible Course Content shows participants how to create course content that can be used by all students, regardless of disability status. Participants will learn about disabilities that may affect learners ability to access content, how to create accessible content, and how to modify content they have already created to make it accessible. This self paced course will take approximately 2-4 hours. Course includes an optional final assignment to earn a certificate of completion.
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Universal Design for Learning

This course provides and introduction to the theory of Universal Design for Learning. This course is intended to take approximately 4-6 hours, or what would be considered one to two weeks of assignments in a three-credit hour course.
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Using Video for Teaching: Part 1

Using Video for Teaching: Part I is for participants interested in getting started creating course videos such as: narrated presentations, video lectures, and screen captures. This practical course covers best practices for creating effective videos and provides practice creating video. This self-paced course should take 2-4 hours. Course includes an optional final assignment to earn a certificate of completion.
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Using Video for Teaching: Part 2

Using Video for Teaching: Part II picks up where Part I left off, taking a deeper dive into the course video, exploring targeted use of video, interactive video and student video assignments and projects. This short course contains an overview of different types of course videos to create. Participants learn that increased student engagement with video can come through script writing techniques and by overlaying quizzing and other interactivity to a video. This self-paced course should take 4-6 hours. Course includes an optional final assignment to earn a certificate of completion.

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