Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire

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Online graduate courses designed to help Louisiana educators - Magnoliareporter

Posted: 27 Nov 2020 10:45 PM PST

Louisiana Tech University in Ruston has started four new online graduate courses designed to support current educators teaching in the online learning environment across the state of Louisiana.

Created in partnership with Discovery Education, the courses will lead to a graduate certificate in online teaching and learning and also apply toward a master's degree.

The four courses that will comprise this graduate certificate are:

Digital Teaching in the Online Environment

Leveraging Technology in Assessment of Student Learning

Designing Remote Learning

Technology Integration Coaching

The first of the four courses, Digital Teaching in the Online Environment, will be offered during the winter quarter. This course provides a toolbox of strategies that novice and veteran teachers can implement right away in their online classrooms.

Engaging learners and diversifying instruction, promoting digital citizenship, creating practical, purposeful assessments, and effectively building online communities are among the primary themes in this course. Learners can expect to gain an improved comfort level and ability in effective online teaching to promote student achievement and position learners for success.

The second course, Leveraging Technology in Assessment of Student Learning, allows teachers to dive into formative and summative assessment strategies grounded in best practices and maximize the use of technology tools and digital content to provide high-quality data to monitor learning.

Given so many educators are now teaching online, the Designing Remote Learning course was created to provide educators with clear strategies to design high-quality online learning experiences that are valuable to learners of all levels. Students will learn how to apply accessibility and usability standards and use digital pedagogy to ensure students have an authentic and meaningful learning experience.

Another course in the series is entitled Technology Integration Coaching. Through this course, educators investigate the basic tenants of instructional coaching and delve into new strategies for improving their digital literacy and practical application of technology within the online or in-class learning environment. A central tenet of this course is how coaches can support other educators to feel confident in teaching online.

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"Discovery Education's success in providing high-quality resources and services for K-12 science, math, and technology subject areas makes for an impactful partnership with Louisiana Tech's own leading STEM-education program," said Dustin Hebert, Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership at Louisiana Tech.

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As the pandemic continues, many people are wondering if graduate school is a good investment of time and money right now. While graduate degrees can provide chances to pivot to new careers, they also can take a few years to complete and charge high tuition, depending on the school and program.

While not the same as a master's degree, graduate certificates can sometimes be a more affordable option that requires less of a time commitment. Depending on the intended profession, they can help you learn new skills to transition into a different field — with official certification to show employers on LinkedIn or your resume — and some even have built-in portfolio assignments so you can exit the course with new samples of your work.

On some occasions, graduate certificates can double as college credits towards a related master's degree, since you technically completed graduate coursework. However, certificate credits are not automatically accepted by all schools — it varies on the university and program.

Here's everything you need to know about graduate certificates, how they compare to master's degrees, and some of the most popular graduate degree programs:

What's the difference between a graduate certificate and a degree?

Unlike finishing a full master's degree program, certificate program students take a few master's courses around a subject — like Sustainability and Development or Data Science — and receive a certificate of completion upon passing the program. 

Because certificates involve taking fewer classes (and don't usually have an admissions process), they're not considered the same as having a master's degree or PhD. However, they can help you stand out to prospective employers, especially if you're looking to transition into a different field and want to demonstrate that you learned the required skills. 

Most certificate programs, such as the ones offered through edX's MicroMasters, don't require a formal application process. If the course requires prerequisite knowledge, that information will usually be in the course description.

That being said, graduate certificate programs, such as Coursera's MasterTracks, can cap off after a certain number of applicants, so it's good to bookmark the enrollment date and sign up as soon as you can.

Graduate certificate programs can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the school, program, and length. The price of a graduate certificate can be a fraction of the cost of traditional college degrees (including online ones).

Graduate certificate programs vary in length. Some, like MIT's Supply Chain Management MicroMasters, can take a little over a year. Others, like the University of Minnesota's UX Design MasterTrack, only take four months to complete.

Usually, no. Coursera and edX's graduate certificate offerings pick the classes for you and you have to pass all of them to get the certification.

There are exceptions, though. Harvard's extension school, for instance, lets you choose a few electives as part of your certificate. 

While graduate degree programs operate via GPAs, graduate certificates are often Pass/Fail. Coursera, for example, gives you a percentage grade on each assignment and then a final combined score. 

Depending on the program and size of your class, your written feedback on assignments might also be shorter and more brief than it would be in a graduate degree program.

Specific programs in the edX MicroMasters and Coursera MasterTrack series have different guidelines regarding college credits. Some might only accept the certificate classes as college credits if you pursue a degree in the same school and program you completed the certificate in; others provide a list of schools that will take the credits.

One upside to completing a certificate before continuing a degree in the same field is that the certificate credits are typically cheaper and can save you some money down the line.

It depends. Coursera MasterTracks don't currently offer financial assistance. And while edX lets you apply for financial aid for most of its programs, for MicroMasters, you'll have to audit each course first and apply for financial aid every time. 

If you're looking to save time and money, graduate certificates can be a great alternative to graduate degrees, especially if you're just looking to pick up some new skills, such as accounting or coding. Online certificate programs can also offer some flexibility in terms of scheduling and can help you decide if you want to pursue a full degree later. Here's a review of one of Coursera's MasterTrack programs.


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