Jun 12-Jul 21, 2017
Credit: 0 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $375.00
Instructor(s): John Graves

Course Description

This course takes a practitioner's look at the art of online instruction. Using many of the current pedagogical approaches of online instruction, students in this course will be introduced to the basics of online instruction. Course assignments include readings, online discussion and reflection as an online instructor. Students in the course can expect a highly active, fully engaging, professionally stimulating class session each week.

John has over 20 years of experience of online instruction. He has a passion for inquiry instruction and models thought-provoking, challenging examples of creative engaging, effective online courses.

  • Week 1: What IS online teaching and what it’s NOT
  • Week 2: The online instructor: not a transplanted classroom teacher
  • Week 3: The online student: connected, but easily lost
  • Week 4: The learning management system: learning the ins and outs
  • Week 5: Creating the course content: NOT uploaded lectures
  • Week 6: Up and running for Day 1

Meeting Place and Times

Participants login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 3 - 5 times per week and spend 3 - 6 hours per week while the course is in session to stay current and successfully complete this course.


John Graves, EdD. Intercollege Programs for Science Education, Montana State University. John has over 35 years of experience with middle school and university instruction. He has a passion for helping teachers remain current with best practices in science education.

Target Audience

6 - 16 grade teachers (or informal educators) with a desire to learn the key concepts of online teaching and learning.

Certificates of completion will be awarded to those who successfully fulfill all of the requirements of the course.

CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and OPI (Montana Office of Public Instruction) renewal units are available upon request at no extra charge.

Time Commitment:

3-6 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees


Participants taking both Fundamentals of Online Instruction and Advanced Online Instruction receive a $50 discount on each course for a total discount of $100.

Required Books/Materials

  • All materials will be provided online in Brightspace LE , our learning management system.

    More information will be provided about connecting to Brightspace LE once you are registered.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Contact NTEN via email or call (800) 282-6062.

How to Register

Course is full. Wait list is available. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at or (406) 994-6683 or (866) 540-5660 (toll free).