AU Supporting Teachers Amid Remote Learning Challenges

Staff Report From Greenville CEO

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Two self-paced, certificate programs are launching – “Fundamentals of Remote Teaching and Learning” and “Supporting Remote Teachers.” 

These certificate courses are designed to support teachers and schools that were required to immediately move to remote teaching and learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two certificate courses provide K12 educators with relevant, timely strategies and techniques that can be immediately applied to support or administer teaching and learning in this challenging time.

“Developing these certificate courses embodies Anderson’s commitment to servant leadership and its place as a leading innovator in teaching and learning,” said Dr. Joshua Herron, dean of online and continuous learning. “As a three-time Apple Distinguished School, we wanted to share our expertise and experience with the K12 community. We want our K12 educators to be able to successfully support students, parents, and fellow educators during this time.”

These are open-enrollment, self-paced courses available to individual teachers. Schools or districts interested in enrolling several of their educators or those interested in developing a custom experience can partner directly with the CIDL based on their needs and context.

“We are thankful we have the opportunity and resources to develop these certificate programs for K12 educators,” said Dr. Benjamin Deaton, vice president of digital learning and innovation. “Anderson University is fully committed to supporting educators and sharing its expertise to help support all the students impacted during this time. Developing these certificate programs reflects the tremendous value and importance Anderson University, the Center for Innovation and Digital Learning and the faculty in our Instructional Design and Learning Technology program hold for our K12 community.”

The “Fundamentals of Remote Teaching and Learning” certification course will help teachers explore the importance of community as well as content in a remote learning environment. Teachers will develop a resiliency plan that accounts for engagement, assessment, and feedback. 

In the Supporting Remote Teachers certification course, instructional coaches, assistant principals and other administrators will develop a remote staff support contingency plan that takes into account the hierarchy of staff development needs and the right tools for a variety of situations. 

Each certificate course is set up in five modules that can be completed at the pace of each participant. Educators should expect to complete each course in ten hours. Upon completion, each participating educator is provided with a certificate that will reflect 10 credits, which, if approved, can be submitted to districts for continuing education units or professional development hours.