Oct 09-Nov 17, 2017
Credit: 0 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $375.00
Instructor(s): John Graves

Course Description

Building on the principles of the Foundations of Online Teaching, students in this course will be introduced to strategies to broaden their understanding and effectiveness of online instruction. Learn how to incorporate strategies like podcasting, webinars, alternative assignments, student discussion leaders, and more in your current online course. 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: Creating online culture: united we stand
  • Week 2: Creating online support: communication, communication, communication
  • Week 3: Facilitating effective online discussions: the key to online learning success
  • Week 4: Creating and using podcasts: content delivery beyond text
  • Week 5: Webinars: completing the connection loop
  • Week 6: Tip and Tricks from a 20 veteran

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 how to develop the key components of an online course.

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

  • 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).