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The Academy for Blended and Online Learning (ABOL)

The Academy for Blended & Online Learning (ABOL) offers a series of fully facilitated, online courses for both school administrators and teachers. ABOL courses provide the skills and knowledge necessary to create, implement, and support successful blended and online programs for students. Instructors model best practice for online facilitation and are available to participants throughout the duration of each course.

Courses are aligned to iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Online Courses and Standards for Quality Online Teaching, course content is research based with culminating projects that are applicable to supporting a blended or online program. These practical job-embedded activities result from an instructional design and organizational philosophy of “learn it today; use it tomorrow.”

These courses are only available to participants located within India. 

Course Dates and Fees

Courses dates are flexible and can run at anytime. A minimum of 7 participants is required for a cohort to run. Dates will be arranged to suit each cohort of learners.

Interested participants should register their interest by emailing asbonline@asbindia.org

Each Administrator course is six (6) weeks in duration
Each Teacher course is eight (8) weeks in duration

Please see links to full syllabi in the table below

Course Fees

Administrator Courses – $400 per course
Teacher Courses – $475 per course

For Administrators

Leading Successful Blended and Online Learning Initiatives

Designed for district leaders, this course uses iNACOL’s Six Elements for Planning and Implementation of Blended Learning as a framework to identify the key questions district administrators must consider before implementing a blended or online learning initiative.
Participants will:

  • Evaluate models of blended learning, choosing the model that aligns to their district’s needs
  • Assess how a blended learning program affects scheduling, policy, and data collection decisions
  • Determine the professional development teachers and administrators will require
  • Create an implementation plan for their district’s blended/online learning initiative

Full course syllabus available here

 

Leading Blended and Online Teachers

This course is designed for the building-level leadership team, preparing each team member with the strategy and skills required to lead teachers at all levels of blended and online learning program implementation.
Participants will:

  • Evaluate models of blended learning, understanding how to successfully implement the model that aligns with their school or district’s needs
  • Determine when and how to coach teachers of blended/online courses
  • Examine options for acquiring content for blended/online courses
  • Develop a professional development strategy for teachers

Full course syllabus available here

For Teachers

Online Teaching: Fundamentals of Instructional Design

This course provides teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully create an online course based on research and best practices. Participants will:

  • Discuss principles and best practices for successful online course design
  • Identify multiple tools for effective online learning
  • Practice and integrate specific instructional design skills
  • Develop and align course content and assessments to state standards
  • Create online coursework through collaboration with colleagues and dedicated coaching from the course instructor

Full course syllabus here

 

Online Teaching: Fundamentals of Instruction

Integrating best practices of online instruction is pivotal to create enriching online experiences to equip students for career and college readiness.

Participants will:

  • Review best practices for successful online teaching on any platform
  • Practice specific communication skills to manage feedback and solve student problems
  • Learn how to develop a nurturing online learning community
  • Develop strategies to facilitate enriching online discussion

Full course syllabus available here

 

Enrollment

Please email asbonline@asbindia.org if you would like to register as an individual or a cohort from your school or organization. ASB Online Academy will contact you to arrange a suitable cohort and start date.

Prerequisites & Resources

None as such. It is recommended that administrators take the Leading Blended and Online Teachers course. No additional texts or resources are required. You may refer to the Frequently Asked Questions here.