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Montana State University to offer non-credit courses for online instructors

August 22, 2016 -- MSU News Service

John Graves, award-winning instructor in MSU's Intercollege Programs for Science Education, will teach two non-credit courses for online instructors in the fall. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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BOZEMAN—Montana State University’s National Teachers Enhancement Network will offer two non-credit courses this fall that help online instructors improve their skills, maximize student engagement and build high-quality online courses. Both courses are fully online and available to anyone in any location.

The courses are designed for both new and experienced online instructors who are teaching at the middle school, high school, community college or university level. Students can take either or both courses.

Fundamentals of online instruction will run from Oct. 3 to Nov. 11 and offers participants a practitioner’s look at the art of online instruction. Students will be introduced to the basics of online instruction by using and examining many of the current pedagogical approaches of online instruction. The course covers topics such as how online teaching differs from classroom teaching, keeping online students engaged and maximizing the features of a learning management system.

Advanced online instruction runs from Nov. 7 to Dec. 16 and includes classes on incorporating strategies like podcasting, webinars and alternative assignments, creating an online culture and facilitating online.

Both courses are designed to be highly active, fully engaging and professionally stimulating as students learn from one another and from award-winning instructor John Graves of MSU. Graves has 20 years of experience in online instruction. He serves as a core faculty member in MSU’s Intercollege Programs for Science Education department.

Each course is $375. Participants taking both courses receive a $50 discount on each course for a total discount of $100. Students who successfully complete the requirements of each course will receive a certificate of completion as well as Continuing Education Units or OPI renewal units for Montana teachers.

NTEN is a program of MSU’s Extended University that offers online graduate courses, non-credit learning opportunities and free resources for teachers. The program has served 20,000 teachers since its launch in 1993. Learn more at the NTEN Facebook page:

For more information or to register, see: or contact Kelly Boyce, or (406) 994-6812.    

Contact: Kelly Boyce, Extended University, (406) 994-6683 or (800) 282-6062 (toll-free) or