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Wright Named Dean of College of Education

Program Offers Online Teaching Expertise

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 05/30/2007 - Educators who want to develop skills in online teaching have a new opportunity as UCM begins offering its first Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning this fall, all made possible via the internet.

Courses Offered as Part of Educational Technology Program

The certificate consists of five three-semester-hour graduate courses offered within the Educational Technology program. Individuals who earn this certificate will learn to develop courses and teach online, both in virtual schools and blended classrooms. They will also learn how to incorporate online learning activities into their classrooms.

Also Can Be Applied to Graduate Program

"We believe the program will attract educators of all types," said Odin Jurkowski, who coordinates the program within the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development. "If they wish, they can roll all of these classes into our Master of Science in Educational Technology degree program."

Educators and Corporate Trainers Can Benefit

The certificate is geared to K-12 teachers, college teachers, as well as corporate trainers. Individuals who work in organizations, government and military could also benefit from this program, Jurkowski said.

Online Courses Fit Busy Schedules

He noted that with all courses being offered online, it is ideal for individuals who work full time and have other commitments that prevent them from taking traditional colleges classes.

"It's asynchronous, meaning students can log on at different times and locations. We have discussion, assignments and readings on a weekly basis. But when that week is over, we move on to something else," Jurkowski remarked.

Interactive Technology Applied

Courses are: Foundations of Educational Technology, Educational Product Development, Communication in Online Learning Communities, Using Online Resources, and Evaluating Online Instruction. Each one is structured so that students have the opportunity to interact online with their instructors and other individuals enrolled in the program.

Students who complete the certificate program will have almost half the courses needed to earn the M.S. in Educational Technology degree. The M.S. is a 32-hour program.

For More Information

Individuals who are interested in learning more about the graduate certificate in online teaching and learning should call Jurkowski at 660-543-8387, email him at or visit For course enrollment, contact the Office of Extended Campus and Distance Learning at 877-729-8266, ext. 21, or email