CEHD Department of Curriculum and Instruction's Learning Technologies Program: Gold Badge Course

7-Week Online Bootcamp

This online bootcamp introduces learners to principles of good practice in online learning and strategies for fostering community, communication, and connection. Beginning with theoretical foundations and instructional design models, learners move from theory into practice by exploring various frameworks for inquiry and engagement when designing for the learner experience. While exploring principles and strategies conceptually, learners engage in authentic practices within an online learning community and gain practice using a variety of multimedia applications to foster cognitive presence, social presence, and teaching presence online.

At the end of this 7-week online bootcamp, Gold Badge earners will be able to:

  • Discuss theories, models, and frameworks for designing and facilitating online learning.
  • Design engaging learning experiences that foster cognitive and social presence.
  • Integrate a variety of multimedia applications for differentiated learning experiences.
  • Use emerging technologies to create media for teaching and learning online.


Students who complete the course will earn an elite Gold Badge from the Learning Technologies Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development which provides a link students can share with others to document completion of the course.

Schedule Overview

  • Class 1: Welcome, Introductions, and Setting up our Learning Community
  • Class 2: Social Learning Theories
  • Class 3: Introduction to Instructional Design for Online Distance Learning
  • Class 4: Frameworks: Community of Inquiry (CoI) and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK)
  • Class 5: Recontextualizing Community and Engaging the Online Learner
  • Class 6: Engagement and Social Presence Online
  • Class 7: Final Reflections on Connectedness in Online Learning and Extending our Learning Community

Online Format

  • This course is designed as a highly interactive and engaging asynchronous online learning experience.
  • A new class agenda is posted in Canvas at the beginning of each week with an introduction video.
  • Throughout each week, learners engage with class colleagues, content material, and the facilitator during each weekly class session.
  • Learners have the freedom and autonomy to choose the day(s) and time(s) each week to participate in the class, engage with class colleagues, complete the weekly activities, and make progress on their final project.
  • Learners can expect approximately 5 hours of work each week for a total of 35 clock hours across the 7 weeks of the course.
  • This is a non-credit professional development opportunity in which an elite digital Gold Badge and 35 clock hours are awarded to learners who complete the 7-week bootcamp.

About the Instructor

Dr. Jolie Kennedy, Learning Technologies Lecturer in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, leads the Online Distance Learning Graduate Certificate Program and co-leads the M.Ed. in Professional Studies in Learning Technologies Program. She teaches foundational and advanced courses in the Learning Technologies Program including Foundations of Distance Education, Designing and Developing Online Distance Learning, and Foundations of Instructional Design. She explores phenomena in technology-mediated learning. To connect and find out more, go to Google Scholar, LinkedIn, or Twitter.




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