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K-12 Online and Blended Learning

Kennesaw State's first MOOC, K-12 Blended & Online Learning, will leverage KSU's existing technological strengths and infrastructure to provide innovative teaching and learning opportunities to a "massive" number of students at no cost. The MOOC will expand educational opportunities while showcasing the considerable talents of the Bagwell College of Education (BCOE) faculty. In addition, the MOOC will support KSU's strategic goals of increasing the number of degrees offered online, improving recruitment and becoming more engaged and prominent in the local community, Georgia, and the nation.

If you hold a Georgia K-12 teaching license or are just interested in learning more about blended and online learning, this MOOC may be for you.

The course is designed to introduce K-12 teachers and the community to blended and online learning through the instructional media of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, participants will engage in community discourse and online interaction. The course's first level will include 20 contact hours for 2 PLUs. This level is for all participants. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of what encompasses K-12 blended and online learning. They will watch videos and read key documents that address foundational knowledge about trends in K-12 online learning, iNACOL standards, engaged learning strategies, assessment and differentiation in the online learning environment. Learning will be assessed using strategies aligned to knowledge and understanding.

Participants who want to challenge themselves to become competent in basic K-12 blended and online instruction will be able to continue in the MOOC after completing the first level. This second level will include 30 contact hours for 3 additional PLUs. This level will provide participants with the opportunity to show competence in evaluating and creating K-12 blended and online learning experiences. During this portion of the MOOC, participants will interact with performance tutorials and access sample K-12 blended and online learning objects. Learning will be assessed using strategies aligned to evaluating and creating.

Participants holding a renewable teaching certificate who successfully complete all levels and course assessments will be invited to apply to one of the BCOE's online graduate certificate, endorsement or degree programs and to submit materials for transfer credit evaluation. Submitted materials must meet the standards of the Bagwell College evaluators to be awarded credit. Acceptance into a BCOE Graduate Program is a pre-requisite for the awarding of credit.

Course Information:


Who should participate in the K-12 Blended and Online Learning MOOC?

Anyone can participate in the MOOC. We anticipate that most of the participants will be professional candidates who hold a Georgia renewable teaching certificate or life-long learners who want to learn more about blended and online learning.

What will participants receive for successfully completing the MOOC?

Certificate of Accomplishment:

Participants will receive a certificate of accomplishment for successfully completing each of the levels of the K-12 Blended and Online Learning MOOC. Additionally, participants that submit a complete assessment portfolio will receive a MOOC completion certificate.

Professional Learning Units (PLUs):

Participants holding a renewable teaching certificate in Georgia will receive Professional Learning Units (PLUs) from Kennesaw State University for satisfying content requirements of the levels offered in the K-12 Blended and Online Learning MOOC.

The BCOE has received approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to grant up to five Professional Learning Units (PLUs) to Georgia educators. Educators from outside of Georgia must check with their state licensing organization to determine PLU equivalencies. Ability to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for non-educators is under investigation.

Teachers certified outside of the state of Georgia may request continuing education credit from state professional licensing agencies, but credit is not guaranteed and subject to individual state licensing agency decisions.

3 Hours of Graduate Credit:

Participants holding a renewable teaching certificate may submit materials for transfer credit evaluation (fee-based). With satisfactory results, participants will receive 3-credit hours at Kennesaw State University for satisfying the requirements of ITEC 7480 upon acceptance to one of the certificate, endorsement or advanced degree programs in the Bagwell College.

ITEC 7480: Introduction to Online Learning
This course provides an introduction to the field of distance learning and prepares instructional technology leaders to design and facilitate high-quality online learning. Course includes the examination of basic concepts and principles of online learning, the theoretical underpinnings of the field, research and application literature, and distance education delivery technologies. A systematic approach to the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of instruction for online learners is emphasized.



If I receive graduate credit for the course, to which KSU graduate programs could I apply it?

Credit for ITEC 7480 may be applied to one of several graduate programs: Online Teaching Certification, Online Teaching Endorsement, M.Ed. Instructional Technology, and M.Ed. Early Childhood Education.

What are the course requirements and structure?

The course is designed to introduce K-12 teachers and the community to blended and online learning through the instructional media of a MOOC. Throughout the MOOC, participants will engage in community discourse and online interaction. The course’s first level will include 20 contact hours for 2 PLUs. This level is for all participants. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of what encompasses K-12 blended and online learning. They will watch videos and read key documents that address foundational knowledge about trends in K-12 online learning, iNACOL standards, engaged learning strategies, assessment and differentiation in the online learning environment. Learning will be assessed using strategies aligned to knowledge and understanding.

Participants who want to challenge themselves to become competent in basic K-12 blended and online instruction will be able to continue in the MOOC after completing the first level. This second level will include 30 contact hours for 3 additional PLUs. This level will provide participants with the opportunity to show competence in evaluating and creating K-12 blended and online learning experiences. During this portion of the MOOC, participants will interact with performance tutorials and access sample K-12 blended and online learning objects. Learning will be assessed using strategies aligned to evaluating and creating.

Participants holding a renewable teaching certificate who successfully complete all levels and course assessments will be invited to apply to one of the BCOE’s online graduate certificate, endorsement or degree programs and to submit materials for transfer credit evaluation. Submitted materials must meet the standards of the Bagwell College evaluators to be awarded credit. Acceptance into a BCOE Graduate Program is a pre-requisite for the awarding of credit.

What instructional strategies will be used in the MOOC?

  1. Instructional videos
  2. Key readings
  3. Collaborative Discussion Boards
  4. Quizzes
  5. Exam
  6. Video tours of virtual school partners
  7. Guest video presentations
  8. Interactive open educational resources
  9. Weblinks
  10. Study guides
  11. Participant-created sample syllabi
  12. Participant-created sample instructional designs
  13. Participant-created sample modules
  14. Peer critique and evaluation
  15. Templates
  16. Video tutorials
  17. Formative assessment surveys


What is the time-line for the MOOC?

  1. Information Request Open Now
  2. Course Registration Date - Early December
  3. Starting date: January 6, 2014
  4. Optional level one ending date: February 2, 2014
  5. MOOC ending date: March 2, 2014


Who is part of the teaching and design team?

Dr. Anissa Lokey-Vega has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology, a M.S. in Elementary Education, and a B.S. in Mathematics Education. Dr. Lokey-Vega has taught 6th grade math and reading and served as an instructional technology specialist in a K-6 school. Dr. Lokey-Vega is an assistant professor of instructional technology at Kennesaw State University and serves as the Online Teaching Certificate/Endorsement program coordinator for the Bagwell College of Education.

Mrs. Jordan Cameron has an Ed.S. in Instructional Design, a M.Ed. in Information Technology, and a B.S. in English Education. Mrs. Cameron has taught high school English and was a middle school media specialist. She is currently an instructional designer for Kennesaw State University's Bagwell College of Education.

Dr. Traci Redish has a Ph.D., Ed.S., M.Ed., and B.A. in Comprehensive Business Education. Dr. Redish served as the Director of the Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) at Kennesaw State University. She is currently a Professor of Instructional Technology and serves as the Chair of the Department of Instructional Technology in the Bagwell College of Education.

Program Information:


Participants with a renewable teaching certificate who submit materials for review and are awarded 3 hours of graduate credit for successfully completing the MOOC can apply that credit towards the completion of the 9 credit hour Online Teaching Endorsement offered by the Department of Instructional Technology in the Bagwell College of Education at KSU. The purpose of the program is to prepare candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become effective online teachers. Over the course of three semesters, candidates in the Online Teaching Endorsement program will complete three (3) online courses (9 credit hours), two (2) field experiences, two (2) online practicum experiences, and an electronic portfolio.

The endorsement consists of the following 3 credit hour courses:

ITEC 7480 Introduction to Online Learning (3)
ITEC 7481 Designing & Developing Online Learning (3)
ITEC 7482 Facilitating Online Learning (3)
Total: 9 Credit Hours

Students who complete the Online Teaching Endorsement can apply those 9 credit hours to the following M.Ed. programs in the Bagwell College of Education:

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Master of Education in Instructional Technology

The course by itself without the Online Teaching Endorsement can also be applied towards the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership degree.

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