iLearn Collaborative Professional Development

 

 The Extended Studies Department is proud to announce a partnership with iLearn Collaborative to offer professional development online courses for educators. 

About iLearn Collaborative: 

iLearn courses are built by practitioners for practitioners nationally & internationally.  They are immediately applicable in the classroom, designed for optimum participation, and informed by education innovation worldwide.
  • Courses are offered in the Schoology platform with most being 3 weeks and are eligible for 1 college credit.
  • Courses are facilitated by experienced blended and personalized learning practitioners, who supplement online materials with synchronous group activities, one-on-one coaching, and personalized feedback on assignments.
  • Blended Learning series moves educators through personalized pathways from introductory through advanced levels of knowledge and experience, meeting the instructional needs of participants.
  • Participants can control when and what to learn through On-Demand and Just-In-Time course offerings.
 
Below are the descriptions of the classes from the iLearn website:
 

Instructional Best Practices in Blended Learning.  This course provides participants with the opportunity to study aspects of best instructional practices and strategies in blended learning in order to implement a blended learning model (Flipped Model). Participants also explore instructional differences and similarities between being a content expert and an expert facilitator. In addition, participants review, respond, design, and implement the following in a blended setting: 1. Quality standards in online and blended learning; 2. Instructional strategies and tools that build student engagement and support in blended settings; 3. Instructional strategies that build self-directed, autonomous learners; and 4. Synchronous and asynchronous tools for virtual instruction in a blended setting. 

Instructional Best Practices in Math.  This course provides students with the opportunity to study best instructional practices in math. Learners will explore methods for engaging students in blended settings, designing and producing an investigative math assignment to implement in their classroom.

Instructional Best Practices in Special Education.  This course reviews best practices in blended learning and introduces the role of a special educator in a blended environment.  It touches on how the responsibilities of a special educator can be adapted to an online environment. By the end of the course, students will produce an outline for a structured day in a blended or online environment.

Introduction to Personalized Learning. Participants in this course become familiar with the process of implementing a personalized learning model in their classroom through dynamic engagement in student-centered activities from profile and pathway building to voice and choice of resources and assessments. Educators learn how to master innovative strategies through modeling and reflective practice.

Student Choice and Agency. This course is a deeper dive into the personalized learning pedagogy. Participants actively engage in developing content for immediate use in their classroom. They build student profiles and diagnostic assessments, learn how to use data to guide students in identifying learning targets and writing objectives and goals, and design multiple assessments for various mastery levels. Student support structures and management of independent learning time are additional focuses of study.

Practicing Personalized Learning in Your Competency-Based Classroom.  This course provides students with the opportunity to study aspects of personalized learning in competency-based education. Learners will explore the link between elements of personalized and competency-based learning. They will investigate assessment options, design, and implementation as well as explore best instructional strategies for engaging students in data analytics as it applies to path building and achievement.​

Leadership Course: Introducing Blended Learning to Your School or District.  Aimed at educational leaders as they begin to design and implement digital learning in their school or district, this course provides an overview of blended learning basics as well as a deep dive into sustainable and disruptive models. Leadership coaching strategies are integrated into the course, making it a perfect first step for administrators and emerging school leaders. 

Leadership Course: Supporting Blended Learning in Your School or District. This course is designed to help educational leaders identify the supports needed for their staff, students and community as they begin implementation of blended learning in their school or district. The class offers guided practice with tools and strategies for both individual and schoolwide use. Topics include looking at the iNACOL Blended Learning Competencies for Teachers, supporting students in their new role as 21st-century learners and engaging with stakeholders to build community.

Registration is a two step process ~~

  • The first step is to register with iLearn Collaborative.  
  • The next step is to complete the Western Extended Studies registration form to enroll in 1 EDUC 510 credit. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
    • Note: the Western Extended Studies registration form must by the 4th day of class. Late registrations or registrations submitted after the course ends cannot be accepted.  To earn credit, students must successfully complete 45 hours of academic engagement and an 80% or higher on coursework. 
As part of the partnership with iLearn,

the Extended Studies office will offer 1 EDUC 510 credit.  The cost of the credit is $65.  Payment for the credit must be received by the start of the course.  Once the semester has ended, transcript for the course can be ordered for $6 at www.getmytranscript.com.  The acceptance of the credit is at the discretion of individual school districts.  It is highly recommended that you verify with your school district that is credit is accepted. 

Academic Integrity

As members of the academic community, students are expected to recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity. The University assumes, as a basic and minimum standard of conduct in academic matters, that students will be honest and that they will submit for credit only the products of their own efforts. Both the ideals of scholarship and the need for practices that are fair require that all dishonest work be rejected as a basis for academic credit. They also require that students refrain from any and all forms of dishonorable conduct in the course of their academic work.  For each credit hours, 15 hours of in class instruction and 30 hours of work outside of class must occur. To read more, please see the Graduate Academic Catalog

Get to Know your Professors:

Jennifer Aubain joined iLearn Collaborative as an instructional designer as well as an instructor.  Her experience ranges in the brick and mortar, online, and online/blended settings as an educator in special education K-12 as well as regular education in the middle school arena.  She currently teaches K-12 special education at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Education at Chadron State College where she played basketball on scholarship.  She then skipped across the US to experience Washington, DC and northern Virginia area as a coach and special education teacher.  After meeting her husband there, they decided to move back to her native Colorado to raise their family who consists of three boys and a girl.  Due to Jennifer’s love of education and technology, she pursued and graduated with a Masters of Science in Integrating Technology into the Classroom.  

Lynée Zajac-Beck ,Open Education Resources Program Manager | Course Designer and Developer | lzajacbeck@ilearncollaborative.orghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/lynee-zajac-beck-87009338

 Lynée Zajac Beck is on the Instructional Design Team with iLearn Collaborative and serves as the Digital Content Warehouse Program Manager. Lynée specializes in creative, effective and efficient approaches to learning and training. Her experience includes eLearning design and development as well as expertise in various learning management systems.

 Lynée has been in education since 1997 teaching in brick and mortar, online and blended classrooms. She is licensed in Secondary Science and Mathematics in Colorado, Washington State, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas and Georgia.  She grew up near Detroit then moved to Tucson to twirl baton and study science at the University of Arizona. She relocated to Colorado early in her teaching career and earned a Master's Degree from the University of Colorado. 

Mari Hobkirk | Instructor iLearn Collaborative | https://www.linkedin.com/in/mhobkirk

Mari Hobkirk started her teaching career in 1991 at Jefferson High School. Since then she has taught various math and science courses at Wheat Ridge HS, Green Mountain HS, and Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy. In addition she was an exchange teacher to Melbourne, Australia for a year. Mari also spent one year as a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) and helped develop curriculum for Jeffco’s Virtual Academy. 

 She has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a Masters degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. Mari was awarded the 2016 Online and Blended Education Recognition Award from the Colorado Department of Education. 

Natalie Ruecker recently joined the iLearn Collaborative team as an instructional designer and course facilitator.  She has fifteen years of experience teaching high school mathematics in traditional and blended settings.  She currently teaches high school math in a blended setting at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Natalie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Mathematics, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from California Lutheran University.  She has lived in Colorado since 2008 with her husband, who is a special education teacher, and their four children.  Natalie has a passion for teaching through technology and seeks to help other educators use technology to enrich their traditional and virtual classrooms.  

Rosemary Sweat | iLearn Collaborative | www.linkedin.com/in/rosemary-sweat-8241b97

 Rosemary Sweat wears many hats as Program Support Manager for iLC. Not only does she develop, design and facilitate online courses for professional development, she oversees much of the minutiae that allows iLC to continue its ascent in the world of educational innovation. Event planning, conference design, communications, and support services are included in her repertoire of responsibilities.

 Rosemary has over 20 years of experience in the field of education.  She is endorsed in both Secondary Social Studies and English, and has taught middle school and high school in brick and mortar, online, and blended settings. She also has experience in the expeditionary and project-based learning classrooms. In her various roles, Rosemary consistently incorporated project-based, experiential, hands-on field work in her content areas. She has overseen myriad educational expos and community events, encouraging award-winning student projects and involvement.

 During family time, she enjoys searching the mountains and plains of Colorado for historic railroad beds, as well as hiking, boating, and fishing.  Colorado winters are for reading!

John Canuel brings over 35 years of experience K-12 leadership, teaching and learning. He currently consults with various companies, organizations and schools in strategic planning and leadership models to maximize time and resources and focus on student learning. Prior to this work, John served as VP of K-12 Strategy with Blackboard and held various positions with Jeffco Public Schools, including classroom teacher, staff developer, curriculum director, technology/library director. As Jeffco’s Executive Director for Educational Technology Services, John successfully implemented nationally recognized technology integration models and online learning programs. 


If you have any questions regarding the partnership the Extended Studies Department has with iLearn Collaborate, please contact the Extended Studies Department at 970.943.2885 or at extendedstudies@western.edu.