Pedagogy Courses

Welcome to the Etudes Cyber Teachers’ Institute (CTI) Pedagogy Series! The CTI was developed in 2001 to bring teachers together to learn from each others’ knowledge, experiences, and stories.

As today’s learners become more receptive to e-learning, online teaching represents a paradigm shift in delivering, managing and supporting instruction over the internet. Participants of our online teaching pedagogy courses learn how to design, assess and evaluate online courses and student work, publish content with accessibility in mind, and implement appropriate teaching methodology for the online classroom. The program consists of five courses and provides an environment that challenges you to rethink the teaching of your discipline online.

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Instructional Design for E-Learning

 Instructional design combines learning theory, design concepts, and technology in a systematic process to create effective learning environments. In this course, you will learn how to use instructional design techniques to make your online classes more effective, increasing student engagement, persistence, and success.

Making Your Course Content Accessible

 Educators can make a difference in the lives of students when they follow accessibility guidelines in use of digital learning content. Our online students count on us to eliminate potential barriers to learning. And, our accreditors expect us to comply with accessibility laws. In this course, you will learn how to make your Etudes course and learning materials available to ALL students regardless of physical or cognitive disability. In particular, you will discover ways to identify, avoid and correct barriers by using basic tools and techniques.

By the end of this course, you will compile best practices suitable for use on your own campus.


Assessing Student Work

 ​​ Effective, efficient, and fair assessment can document student learning as well as enhance student engagement. Learn how to leverage assignments, projects, quizzes, tests, and exams for maximum benefit to your students while maintaining your own work-life balance and minimizing cheating. Topics covered include: traditional assessment (test development), alternative assessment strategies for online classes (rubrics, authentic assessment, project-based learning, case studies, peer review, eportfolios), student self-assessment, assessment of group work, constructive and iterative feedback, and grading Discussion postings.


Humanizing Your Online Class

 Taking and teaching an online class can be a lonely, isolating, endeavor. One of the biggest challenges in teaching an online course is to give the students a feeling that they are a member of a class and not a solitary learner, as if they were taking a correspondence course. We need to make a special effort to make our classes the types of places our students want to attend and contribute. During this class we will be sharing ideas to really create a community of learners and we will explore over 20 ways to “humanize” our online classes and make them a more inviting place for students to learn.


Evaluating Online Courses

 Evaluation is a powerful way to promote online course quality. The evaluation of online courses involves many of the same criteria applied to traditional on-campus courses but also necessitates the use of unique criteria more directly based on the online environment. In this courselet, you will review existing rubrics and guidelines for evaluating online courses, debate criteria for determining course quality, and dialogue with fellow educators about developing effective practices to evaluate online courses at your college.


Successful participants of the entire CTI series will receive an Online Teaching certificate (30  hours). The recommended professional development credit for each class is 6 hours. Institutions recognize the program for professional development / FLEX credit. 

Requests for Refunds 

Requests to drop a class and receive a refund must be received by mail or fax by Tuesday, 5:00PM (Pacific Time), a week PRIOR to the start of the course. Complete Refund Request Form.