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Active Online Teaching

Are you creating online courses? Do you want to know how to teach online and develop online classes? Do you want to include active learning, meaningful interactions, stimulating learning experiences in your online courses? Do you wish to choose the most appropriate model of online learning? Do you want to integrate faith and learning online? Then this course is for you.

Prerequisites: High level of fluency in Internet skills, ready access to the Internet, and a need and/or desire to teach online classes.

This instructor-led course is completely online. It is organized around 8 weeks of discussion, experiences, and application assignments.

Course Dates: February 11 - April 7, 2013 (Spring 2013 credit)

What are past participants saying about the course?

I think the resources of this course (especially its human resource) are its strength. I've learned much.

The instructors were wonderful... and supportive... It will be hard to be as supportive and interactive when I teach on-line...

I sincerely appreciate this opportunity for getting acquainted with online learning. It was great to feel like a student and at the same time look at learning from a teacher's view point.

Thank you very much for the lively interaction and the encouragement. I will miss this class.

Time Commitment: 9-15 hours a week

Cost: US$250 to be paid to AVLN. (If you decide to cancel, you must do so by the end of the first week of the class; otherwise you will be charged the full amount.)


  • 2 38 clock-hour PAC is available to everyone.
    US$250 AVLN Course Fee.
    A certificate will be sent as an email pdf attachment to you after the course. You should submit this to your employer.
    Scroll down to register.

La Sierra Graduate Credit
Available to students in CA and HI (why?) and outside of the U.S.:

  • La Sierra University graduate credit is 3 quarter credits.
    US$75 plus US$250 AVLN Course Fee.
    Plan to request a transcript from LSU a few months after completion of the course.

Andrews University Graduate Credit
Available to students in AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, IL, ME, MA, MI, MS, MT, NV, NH, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA (why?) and outside of the U.S.:

  • Andrews University graduate credit is 2 semester credits.
    US$400 plus US$250 AVLN Course Fee.

    Plan to request a transcript from AU a few months after completion of the course.

Instructor: Peter Wallace (pbwallace @

What is required of me as a student?
You should be able to work independently and discipline yourself to complete work within the time frame given. The course is offered over six weeks, and you'll need to commit to six to eight hours a week. Each week you will have assigned readings, various experiences to reflect on, and you'll discuss the readings and experiences with fellow participants. The final project will involving preparing a unit of work to teach online.


Primary Textbook: Anderson & Elloumi (Eds). Theory and Practice of Online Learning. This is a free online book publishd by Athabasca University. If you wish to get a head start it would be worth reading chapter 1. Please note that we will not be studying each chapter in the book. 
Optional Textbook: Palloff & Pratt, Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching.

I'm Ready To Sign Up. What Do I Need to Do?

1. Make sure you meet the prerequisites:

  • Do you have basic computer skills? Can you save a file and find it again?
  • Are you fluent with Internet skills? Do you regularly use email with a reliable email address?
  • Do you have consistent reliable Internet access throughout the duration of the course? (Note: special arrangements can be made for the summer if you are offline on vacation for no more than a week during the course.)

2. Do you have time for this course? Have you looked at your schedule and determined how you will get 6-8 hours in per week? The course is organized so that best participation includes an hour or two a day Monday through Friday, with the weekends used to catch up if necessary.


  • Mail check to AVLN; 1001 White Cottage N.; Angwin, CA 94508
  • OR Pay with secure credit card payment online.
  • OR Supply contact information for your employer if your institution is paying.

Please make sure your check or verification letter from your employer arrives by the 2nd week of class. Otherwise, your login will be disabled until your payment arrives.

Withdrawal Refund
If you decide to cancel, you must do so by the end of the first week of the class; otherwise you will be charged the full amount.

Incomplete Policy
A participant must submit an incomplete request form before the end of the 4th week of class. Incomplete grades will only be granted in emergency situations beyond a student’s control. Otherwise the participant will receive the grade earned.

Certificates and Grades
Please note that course certificates and grades will be sent only when it has been paid for and has been successful completed.

Note on Graduate Programs
AVLN classes are not part of a graduate program; therefore it is up to the student to determine if their university will accept AVLN classes towards a graduate program.

Register Now and also complete the Credit Form.

Note: Your registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email. Be sure to click through all the registration screens to confirm.

Need Help?

  • Email the instructor listed above or
  • Call 1-951-790-AVLN (2856)