Monday, June 9, 2008

New elearning design classes offered

Remember the last employee training you were forced to attend. Think of the stifling classroom setting, the monotonous lecture and the dull slide show that ate up your day and left little time to work.

So does your boss! That’s why more and more employers are asking training managers to put employee training online. And it doesn’t have to be mundane.

Instead online interactive training can include compelling video, flashy graphics and interesting audio that catches the attention of participants with a brand new elearning design program offered at Rio Salado College.

The program, one of the first in the country to be offered at the undergraduate certificate level, will begin in July.

Registration and enrollment are currently taking place for the 21 credit program which offers a certification of completion.

“More and more often management tasked with provided training is asked to put it online. While they may be experts in the content area they have no experience designing effective training online,” said Jennifer Freed Faculty Chair for the new program.

“This program is designed for people in training who want to put their training online in a professional interactive format,” Freed said.

Included in the 21 credit certification program is a three credit internship with local business and schools that will allow students to perfect their techniques.

“We are gearing this program to be hands-on. The focus is on the students to design training using the new technology that is out there,” said Freed.

Students in the program will explore web-based technology such as wikis, blogs, video sharing, and social networking and to use them in course design.

Interest in the new program has been high, focus groups and the programs advisory council have agreed there is a need for training managers to have these skills.

“They are begging us for employees. They want the internships now,” said Freed.
Although there are some graduate course work available in elearning this is one of the few programs offered at the undergraduate level and for certification, said Freed.
Course in elearning begin in July with additional course work to be added in the fall. Courses include those on eLearning media, elearning environments and organizing and evaluating elearning projects.

Prerequisites for the program include English 101 or technical writing, one humanities or fine arts course, one social or behavioral science course or equivalent and a general education natural science course. There are no prerequisites for students with an associate degree or higher.
Rio Salado College offers more than 450 online courses and is one of the nation’s largest providers of certifications. One of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges, tuition at Rio Salado College is $65 a credit. The college offers degrees and certificates in business, education, healthcare, law enforcement and more. For registration or more information about the program call Jennifer Freed, Faculty Chair at 480-517-8384, or one of Rio Salado’s academic advisors 480.517.8580 or go to www.riosalado.edu/registration.
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