Professional Development for Educators

Looking for ways to improve your teaching? Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Liz Falconer has been coordinating the Faculty Learning Express at Renton Technical College since 2013. This is an actual space for workshops, as well as a provider of affordable online professional development opportunities for educators, with a special focus on Community and Technical College Educators. Several MOOCs have also been developed and offered in conjunction with the Canvas Network.

Use the navigation on the left to explore RTC's current certificate options for educators.

“It was great to be able to put what I learned to immediate use.”  – 2014 Graduate, Certificate in Adult Education

"I have been encouraging other educators to enroll in this certificate program. It was practical, challenging, informative and enjoyable."  – 2015 Graduate, eLearning Design and Development Program

"I learned so much, and my confidence in my online teaching ability has grown as a result."   – 2015 Graduate, eLearning Design and Development Program

“This was the best professional development experience I’ve had in my 17 years of teaching.”  – 2014 Graduate, eLearning Design and Development Program


Self-Paced Courses

Shift! Teaching Online: For new and new-ish online teachers, K-16.

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Suddenly shifting to online teaching? This course is for you.

This self-paced course is for any educator developing and/or teaching an online course. You can work through the modules at your own pace, and you will receive feedback on the creation of your online presence plan from the Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Dr. Liz Falconer.

Completion of the course brings you a Certificate of Completion from Renton Technical College, and meets the Department of Education standards for teaching online. It is worth 10 clock hours. Renton Technical College is a certified OSPI clock hour provider.  

Outcomes:

  1. Write and align unit and course objectives in an online course
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of accessibility and usability in online course design.
  3. Write assignment rubrics and create active learning assessments
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with copyright law as it relates to eLearning
  5. Access online support and OER materials
  6. Create an Online Presence Plan to meet the Department of Education Standards.

Courses are $75.00 per course; this includes all fees. Register here.


Shift! Teaching Hybrid: for new and new-ish hybrid teachers, K-16.

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Interested in the hybrid/blended modality? This course is for you.

This self-paced course is for both current hybrid/blended learning instructors and those who are interested in learning more about the teaching of this format.

You can work through the modules at your own pace, building a Hybrid Course Planner as you go. You will receive feedback on your completed Course Planner from the Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Dr. Liz Falconer, Quality Matters Master Reviewer.

Completion of the course brings you a Certificate of Completion from Renton Technical College, and meets Department of Education standards for teaching online. It is worth 10 clock hours. Renton Technical College is a certified OSPI clock hour provider.  

Outcomes:

  1. Articulate the difference between ground, hybrid and online courses.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with C.L.A.S.S., understanding the considerations important to teaching in a hybrid format.
  3. Clarify the role of the hybrid teacher in the digital era. 
  4. Connect your hybrid course to appropriate online tools/sites that will enhance active student learning.
  5. Create assignments that take advantage of the hybrid format by aligning both in-class and out-of-class activities.
  6. Create course design that demonstrates an appreciation for what "Greater than the Sum of Two Parts" means.
  7. Utilize UDL and RA concepts in course design.
  8. Build a Hybrid Course Planner

Courses are $75.00 per course; this includes all fees. Register here.


Faculty Learning Express