Innovators In Online Learning Summer Course


Teaching Online – Strategies and Tips – A four week online course for educators
July 11th- August 8th, 2016

Are you teaching online? Don’t know where to begin when developing online courses? Are you looking for more effective ways to deliver engaging content to your online learners?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we have the answers for you. SoftChalk’s Innovators in Online Learning is teaming up with Professor Joe Zisk to bring you a summer course with an awesome opportunity to learn strategies and tips for teaching online. This four week online course for educators will explore everything from aligning course objectives, instructional strategies and student-centered activities to active integration with learning management systems.

The course is hosted in a learning management system (LMS) and will include assignments, community interaction, discussion posts and synchronous/asynchronous interaction. All instructional lessons that will be used are created using SoftChalk, providing multi-media rich content for you to explore and learn from. Not only will you learn online teaching strategies, you will also see, from the learner’s perspective, various teaching strategies in a real online course environment.

Whether you teach K-12, higher education or train in a corporate environment, this Innovators in Online Learning summer course is for you. This online, non-credit course will take place July 11- August 8, 2016. The course has a $40.00 enrollment fee which includes all of the materials in the online course as well as a “Badge of Completion” once the course is complete.

Registration is now OPEN!

To register and enroll follow the steps below:

  1. Simply follow the steps to create an account on our Moonami summer course site.
  2. You will have to verify the account you created, so please wait for a confirmation email.
  3. From there you will be able to log in with the username and password you just created to enroll and pay for the course.

It is that simple. With the start of the course a little more than a month away, don’t wait and enroll today!

Course Facilitator: Joseph Zisk Ed.D.
Joe has extensive experience in online course development and teaching.  As a former high school chemistry teacher, he received several teaching awards.  He was a K-12 technology supervisor and led a community-wide action plan to integrate computer technology in the district’s teaching and learning.   Joe is currently a university professor and has received the Faculty Professional Development Technology Award and the University President Faculty Service Award.  Joe has conducted many workshops and he has presented at numerous conferences.  He has an Advanced Online Teaching Certificate from the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C) and he is a Quality Matters Reviewer and had QM course recognition. Currently, he is the director of the university Teaching and Learning Center and teaches online courses.  As director of the Teaching and Learning Center, Dr. Zisk provides and coordinates training for faculty.



  1. helen papas-kavalis

    Where will the course be taught?
    What time of day will the course be held?

    • Jenn Montrose

      Hi there! Thank you for the questions, the course is an online course so you can take it anywhere you have internet access. Along with it being an online course you can access the material whenever is convenient for you. There is no set time to take the course each day. We will have an introductory webinar to the course which will be a set time, however we have not scheduled it at this point in time. I hope this answers your questions.

  2. Sherri

    Good morning. Will there be an MSDE credit(s) available?
    Thanks and have a great day.

    • Jenn Montrose

      Hi Sherri,
      We will not be giving official credit for this course but we will be providing a certificate of completion amounting to 20 hours of completed work. We hope this information is helpful.

      Thank you!

  3. Pam Buysman

    Is there a way to take the class for college credit?

    • Jenn Montrose

      Unfortunately we can not offer this course for college credit. Thank you for your inquiry.

  4. Leslie Toll

    I am definitely going to take this course. Are you limiting enrollment? I don’t want to miss a spot!!

    • Jenn Montrose

      Hi Leslie!
      We are not limiting enrollment. So you will certainly have a spot.

      Thanks for the question.

  5. Kelly Futch Pollack

    I will be looking forward to taking this course and learning more about online instruction.

    • Jenn Montrose

      Wonderful! We can’t wait to see you in the course.

  6. Cathy Stauts

    o you have to have experience with SoftChalk prior to this course?

    • Jenn Montrose

      No you do not. The lessons and content will be delivered through SoftChalk lessons.
      Thank you for the question.

  7. Douglas Duno

    Is it easy enough to transfer the lessons created on Softchalk to Moodle? is it just a link or is it more involved?

  8. Terry Morriston

    Do you know when enrollment will begin? I don’t want to miss it.

    • Jenn Montrose

      Hi Terry!
      Yes, we plan on having registration opening on June 1st!

      Keep an eye out, at that point you will have a little over a month to register for the course.


  9. Heather McLachlan

    When can we register for the course?

    • Jenn Montrose

      Hi Heather!
      We plan on having registration opening on June 1st!

      Keep an eye out, at that point you will have a little over a month to register for the course.


  10. Diana

    I will not be available daily during that time period. Can I do work for multiple days at a time, or do I need to be checking in daily?

    • Jenn Montrose

      Hi Diana!

      The online course format is asynchronous and there are no required times that you will need to be online. It is all on your own time and you will have opportunities to interact with your classmates via discussion boards. To help keep the flow of information sharing among the many participants in the course, we are asking that you try to complete the activities within the suggested time frame. You will have the option to post any assignment early. We realize that some participants may not be able to follow all the suggested dates; therefore, for participants who are seeking the “Badge of Completion” all material must be submitted by Aug. 8. The course will no longer be accessible after Aug. 9.

      I hope that answers your question!

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