Online Learning Core Practices

Course Information

Course opens: January 12, 2021

Structure: mostly self-paced

Course tuition: $900

Three graduate credits from CSU at Pueblo or Southern New Hampshire University.

Lead faculty: Marshall Thomas, PhD

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FAQs below

What You’ll Learn

This course is designed to help you facilitate and create engaging online learning experiences – you can bring every assignment of the course directly into your own classroom practice. We follow the framework of “The Hallmarks of Great Online Learning,” seven research-backed core practices that improve engagement, completion, and learning outcomes in online learning.


What is the time commitment for the course?

This course is mostly asynchronous, meaning that you can complete course work on your own schedule and at your own pace. You will have 14 weeks to complete the course. The biggest time commitments are the four major assignments in the course, in which you will create materials you can use in your own online teaching.

There is an important exception to the self-paced approach: the course includes five synchronous videoconference sections. We believe that we need to come together as a community to hone our practice as online educators. We will work with you when you enroll to find the best times for these videoconference sections!

What are the pre-requisites for the course?

This is a graduate-level course, so you must hold a bachelor’s degree (BS or BA) to enroll. This course is designed for working educators and teaching paraprofessionals. The course focuses on pedagogies proven to be effective in secondary (grades 6-12) and tertiary (university) education settings, but we believe these pedagogies can also be useful for teachers at other levels. If you are not a teacher, education administrator, or faculty member, this course may not be right for you.

Will I get to choose which university will issue my credits?

Absolutely! After you enter the course, you will be able to select the university that will issue credit. You do not need to choose the credit-granting university at this time.

How do I pay for the course?

You can pay with any major credit card. You can sign up here.

Are there any extra fees?

The tuition covers the cost of the course (14 weeks of enrollment) and credit from one of our university partners. You will need to supply your own computer hardware, software, and internet connection (technology requirements are explained in full in the course syllabus). As explained in the syllabus, if you can not complete the course in 14 weeks, you may choose to extend your enrollment for a fee. Our university partners may charge fees for issuing official transcripts. If you register and complete the course within 14 weeks, Enact will not charge you any additional fees.

Will this course be recognized by my school for tuition reimbursement or professional advancement?

This depends on the policies of your district. If you pass the course (as defined in the syllabus), you will earn three graduate credits from one of our university partners, and you can request an official transcript from that university partner. Our university partners are regionally accredited to issue graduate credit (regional accreditation is the highest level of university accreditation in the US).

I can’t sign up now, but I’m interested in enrolling in the future. When will the course be offered again?

We plan to run this course regularly. Please email us at to be added to our mailing list.

Where can I find detailed information about the structure of the course?

All of the essential information about the course can be found in the course syllabus.

I have a question that is not answered here. What can I do? Whom should I contact?

We welcome your questions. Reach out to us by email at to start a conversation!

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