Professional Development for Educators 

Instructor-led training, online certificates, and courses to enhance your skills as educators across diverse groups and settings

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E-Learning Certificate

This comprehensive program provides you with broad exposure to principles and applications of e-learning and instructional design.

It offers research and practice-based insight into:

  • Developing effective e-learning courses
  • Using instructional technology to develop curriculum that motivates and engages the learner
  • Applying instructional design theories or models and building technical skills that apply to a variety of e-learning settings.

Learning, Teaching and Communicating in STEAM

Informal learning is all about deciding what, where and how we want to learn over the course of our lifetimes. It's the learning that takes place all the time, outside of the classroom, no matter how young or old you are.

The STEM Certificate: Learning, Teaching and Communicating in STEAM provides an innovative program that immerses museum, zoo, aquarium and science outreach professionals and volunteers in informal and free-choice learning theories. You will work with some of the field’s leading researchers in museum studies programs and you will learn how to apply informal learning environment theories in real-world educational settings.

Strategies for communicating STEAM ideas in public spaces

Sep. 13 - Oct. 31, 2021 | 6 weeks | $390

In this course, we will focus on how to talk about science effectively through using stories and narratives to communicate and enhance understanding for general and specified audiences. Our goal in this program is to draw upon a wide array of stories from science and other perspectives to work towards building a bridge to engage diverse audiences in public spaces. Perfect for anyone who is tasked with teaching interdisciplinary science in public and community spaces.

This online course is part of the Informal & Experiential Learning Certificate developed by free-choice learning experts John Falk, Lynn Dierking and Sean Rowe based on the innovative Oregon State University graduate program in education.

Visual Design for E-Learning

Sept. 13 - Oct. 24, 2021

Effective visual design reduces cognitive load, improves retention, and increases learner engagement. In this introductory-level course, you’ll learn simple graphic design principles, then practice applying these principles as you create charts, diagrams, infographics and learning materials for e-learning. 

Contact Chelsey Williams, [email protected], for more information 

Learning Experience Design Certificate

Oregon State University is at the forefront of online education, and our renowned College of Education has been working with educators in Oregon and beyond for almost one hundred years. This program is built off of our popular E-Learning Instructional Design and Development Certificate and will allow you to develop next-level skills to advance your online education materials.

In this program you will:

  • Learn essential insights on LX Design and how it differs from other approaches
  • Research strategies and methods to engage your learners in a lifelong process of continuing their education
  • Cover the latest trends and tools in e-learning that are changing the ways we think of online education and engaging with our learners
  • Investigate UX/UI approaches as they relate to online education and consider how you can integrate these into your own materials


Articulate Storyline Introduction 

Course Date options:

  • Sept. 13 - Oct. 24, 2021

In this six-week course, you’ll learn to build interactive, online modules using Articulate Storyline and Rise. The course is based on constructionist learning theory; you will learn through experimentation as you design a course using content of your choice. You’ll be supported by excellent learning resources and tutorials, feedback from your peers, and personalized guidance from your instructor.

While the focus of this course is on learning the mechanics of Storyline and Rise, you will also apply and discuss best practices for eLearning including effective use of audio, accessibility, gamification strategies, and mobile-friendly design.

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For more information on this course please contact Chelsey Williams @ [email protected]

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Teaching in a Bilingual Classroom 

Grades 2-5 | Advanced proficiency in Spanish is required to enroll in this course, as it will be conducted bilingually.

This course is designed for current dual/bilingual language educators that want to learn and engage in biliteracy strategies to promote students' linguistic repertoire. These strategies will help bilingual students to develop oracy and literacy skills. This course will also be based on pedagogical techniques, instruction and assessment on teaching vocabulary and comprehension, and the integration of cultural diversity and biliteracy development. 

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Enhance the different components of literacy routines with reading strategies that support and differentiate the development of bilingual students.
  • Plan lessons that will integrate strategies emphasizing the four language domains (reading, writing, listening and speaking) that will help students access language and promote oracy in the classroom.
  • Create assessments that will examine the reading development of bilingual students.  

Time Commitment: Plan for 3-6 hours of work per week. 

Elisa Lee has been a bilingual educator for 15 years.  She spent the first 12 years of her teaching career in the classroom.  For the last 3 years, Elisa has been working as the Dual Language/ELD Coordinator for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

This course is designed by bi-lingual educators for bi-lingual educators.

For more information on this upcoming course please contact Chelsey Williams @
[email protected] 

  • For questions about any of these programs please contact; Chelsey L. Williams, Manager of Professional Development for Educators,
    Phone: 541-737-8557
    EXT 8557
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