Below is a chart analyzing the different forums for online learning.

The purpose of this chart is to give us some common terminology, to make sure that we can identify how a possible piece of professional development could best fit in an online setting. It also gives us a chance to broaden our thought on the ways we could implement something.

So therefore, if team member X comes to us and says "We really need to do some training or professional development on Y", we can have a structured conversation about what would be the best forum for that to take place. It might lead to comments like "Hey, I never thought about Y being done as a tutorial or with videoconferencing..."

• Has Instructor
• For Credit (License Renewal or Graduate)
• Outcome Based
• "Transmission" Model of Learning
• No Instructor
• Self-paced, Independent
• Not for Credit
• Outcome Based
• "Application" Model of Learning
• No "Instructor", but Includes Facilitator
• Not Outcome Based
• Community Driven
• "Creation" Model of Learning
Learning Object
Repository, Sequence
Community (Agora)
Augmented Reality
Webinar or Synchronous Event (Live!)
• Typically multiple courses that comprehensively cover a subject
• "Statewide", built and maintained in 1 place
• Commissioned by statewide group (e.g. AEA Directors, DE, Online Council)
• Delivered via cadre of instructors, using Train-the-Trainer
• Asynchronous
• Typically an individual course not connected to other courses
• Developed and maintained by instructor
• No cadre of teachers
• Typically special 1-time topics
• Uses 1) study group and 2) action research model of prof. development
• Outcomes determined by the participants at the beginning of the course
• Self-Contained
• Results in Certificate of Completion
• Record of Completion (in Database)
• Asynchronous
• Component ("Piece") to be Used Either Stand-Alone, in a Course, or in a Repository
• No Certificate of Completion
• No Record of Completion
• Asynchronous
• Collection of Learning Objects & Resources
• Teacher-less "Course"
• Asynchronous
• Communities of Practice Model
• Collaborative
• Sharing & Discussion- Based
• "Social Networking" format
• Simulation or Experiential Learning
• Involves mLearning
• Can be Used Over Top of In-Class Activities by Teachers
• Synchronous Virtual Meeting
• Can be embedded within Course or Community, or Stand-Alone
• Google Apps
• iEvaluate
• Elements
• Spanish For Educators
• Using Inquiry in the Science Classroom
• Seminar: Designing Algebra E-curriculum
• Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
• Bloodborne Pathogens
• 103B
• Digital Citizenship Module
• Using Google Forms Lesson
• Screencasts
• Videos/Audio
• Interactives
• Iowa Core Moodle Content
• Instructional Coaching Content
• STEM council community
• Blended Learning teacher communities
• eWalk Templates
• CPR/First Aid Simulation
• Round-Tables
• Virtual Workshops
• Virtual Conferences
• Step-by-step Walkthroughs
Length of
time to make
200 hours/credit
100 hours/credit
15-20 hours/credit, but more work as the class goes on
200 hours
Informal Screencast = 30 min - 1 hr
Informal Lesson = 2 hrs
Formal Lesson = 5 hrs
Formal Video = 10 hrs
50 hours = gathering/sorting of resources (in addition to building of individual resources)
Facilitators = 3-5 hrs/wk
(Requires more comparative time than other formats, due to graphical/programming issues)
30 min. to 1 hr setup
Length of
time to complete
15 hours "in-class" activity per credit
30 hours "out-of-class" activity per credit (for graduate credit)
Less than 2 hours
30 minutes (avg.)
5 to 20 hours
30 min. to 1 hr.
License Renewal or Graduate Credit
Certificate of completion
No credit or certificate
No credit or certificate
No credit or certificate
No credit or certificate
No credit or certificate
Course Registration System
AEA Online Training System
No Registration (need password to access)
No Registration (need password to access)
No Registration (open to join), need to have Moodle account
Either through Registration System or Open to Join
Participant Costs
Catalog (open registration)
• $85/credit = license renewal
• $125/credit = Morningside
• $155/credit = Drake
• $155/credit = Viterbo

Site-Based (Registration reserved for specific audience, instructor is not paid)
• $25/course = license renewal
• $40/credit = Morningside
• $70/credit = Drake
• $70/credit = Viterbo
• $25 for Mandatory Reporter training fee for participants
• $.50/k-12 enrolled student fee for districts for access to rest of trainings
Free (? - Future Cost for Access to Equella?)
Maintained by...
Statewide Team (Instructional Designers) with Content Experts
"Facilitator", but distributed leadership to participants
Statewide Team (Instructional Designers) with Content Experts
Statewide Team, or Individual Consultants, or Purchased Items (via Media Directors)
Statewide Team or Team of Consultants or Individual Consultants
Designated Faciliators
Statewide Team (requires programming/ graphical specialists)
Designated Facilitators (requires training in synchronous technology)
Applicable Technology
Moodle (which can incorporate blogs, wikis, podcasts, chats, diigo, and more)
AEA Online Training System
• Created with Soft Chalk, Adobe Captivate
• Housed in Equella (Iowa Learns)
Housed in Moodle
• Housed in Youtube
• Adobe Connect Pro
• Camtasia