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How do I find out what courses LPB is offering?
Is there a fee to take the LPB TeacherLine courses?
10 hr = $ 99.00
12 hr = $129.00
15 hr = $169.00
30 hr = $199.00
45 hr = $249.00
How do I register for an LPB TeacherLine course?
Register at http://teacherline.lpb.org. You can pay by credit card on our secure site or you may fax a school purchase order to (225) 767-4299.
How long are the courses?
Most courses are six weeks long and have a start and end date. This is referred to as “scheduled asynchronous.” You complete an assignment within a week; however, you will be able to work on that assignment during that week anytime, anywhere.
How much time should I expect to spend on a course?
While the time necessary depends somewhat on your technology skills and the hours of the course, expect a minimum of 5 hours per week to complete assignments for a 30 hour course.
Are these courses acceptable for CLU hours that the state requires?
Yes, but you should always check with your school district to be sure.
Do these courses offer graduate credit for the 30+ beyond a Masters for most district salary increases?
Yes. Adams State College (ASC) in Colorado offers graduate credit for the National PBS courses. ASC is a regionally accredited college. You must register and pay ASC $65 per credit hour and all of the TeacherLine courses are worth two graduate credits for a total of $130. Register at http://exstudies.adams.edu/.
Will the course be totally online?
Yes, the courses are conducted online, so you “attend” classes via your computer—either from your home, your classroom, or your district computer lab. However, if your school/district has set up special requirements or the designated facilitator has added a face-to-face meeting, you must meet those expectations. See the course syllabus on the web site for any special requirement for each course.
What equipment/online connection do I need?
The minimum system requirements are:
Internet access via a 56K modem
Internet Exploreer 5.5 or Netscape 4.7
Windows Media Player X
Flash 5 Player
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Go to http://teacherline.pbs.org and click on the “Check your Computer” link. This program will check your computer to be sure you have all the right software and settings for TeacherLine courses. Downloads are free.
I haven’t EVER taken an online course, what’s it like?
Try out a FREE practice course at http://teacherline.pbs.org, under “My Courses,” and click on Practice Learning Online with TeacherLine. It is designed to help you understand the rewards of online learning as well as to help you avoid potential pitfalls.
Who facilitates the courses?
A facilitator is an educator who guides participants through a PBS TeacherLine course. Since the courses are designed to be community-based learning experiences, the course facilitator is there to assist you, encourage enlightening dialogue between you and your peers, and evaluate your work in order to provide valuable feedback. LPB TeacherLine facilitators have a Master’s Degree in Education or a related field of study, as well as subject matter certification and expertise. They have also undergone extensive training by PBS to learn how to facilitate online courses.
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