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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
  

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Teaching Research Design
(October 27 - December 5, 2014)
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This course will engage faculty in thinking about issues of student research skill development in the context of shaping curricula to make research more integral to the instruction process. The institute will involve six modules, each of which will include thought pieces, guidance on how to operationalize skill development in students, and opportunities to interact on the relevant issues as well as prepare practical materials to help you move forward in student research skill development. Completion of the course assignments is the sole requirement.

The certificate requirements in teaching research design have been adapted to meet the needs of secondary school teachers. See adapted syllabus here.

Addiction and the Family: A Seminary Curriculum
(December 8, 2014 - January 2, 2015)
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This Massive Open Online Course will focus on alcoholism as its paradigm of addiction. While the purpose of the course is to acquaint the student with basic information concerning alcoholism and its impact on the household, the religious community and the broader community, a special focus of this curriculum will be on the impact that addiction has on children.

Social Media Magisterium
(January 12 - February 14, 2015)
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This course will provide the student with an appreciation of the role of media in the Church regarding proper and responsible evangelism by exploring the Social Communications Magisterium beginning with Pius XII's Miranda Prorsus (1957) and Vatican II's Inter Mirifica (1963), followed by documents from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and some selections from the 48 World Communications Day speeches delivered between the years 1967 and 2014 by Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.


Dante's Inferno

(January 12 - February 14, 2015)
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Published in late 1314, the Inferno traces a pilgrim’s journey from the Dark Wood of despair to the source of all sin and iniquity. Dante the pilgrim descends to the bottom of Hell at the prompting of Virgil, who had been sent by Dante’s beloved Beatrice at the request of St. Lucia who was herself prompted by St. Mary, the Mother of God. The goal was to bring Dante through a recognition of sin to enable him to renounce it in the following canticle, the Purgatorio and enter into the mind of God in the Paradiso. Dante gets through hell in about a 24-hour walk; we pilgrims will spend a little over a month in the journey.

Online Teaching and Learning
(January 19 - February 14, 2015)
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This certificate course will prepare teachers develop and implement online teaching and learning environments. Instruction will be provided on how to create a syllabus, weekly lectures, and activities that involve real-world problem solving and critical thinking skills. Participants will discuss methods to assess and evaluate student assignments and develop strategies and methods to initiate conversation among students that will encourage the growth of a community of learners. Methods by which to add multimedia to course documents, e-portfolios, and various forms of software to create and publish course materials will also be discussed. In addition, participants will examine theories and theorists associated with adult learning.

MOOC Design
(February 16 - March 14, 2015; with an extension to March 28 for personal MOOC completion)
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This certificate course will describe the fundamentals of Massive Open Online Courses. The certificate will involve four modules dealing with MOOC design, development, implementation, and marketing. Participants will be given one week to complete each module. During their module completion, participants will be given the opportunity to request MOOC space of their very own on which to build their MOOCs.

Dante's Purgatorio
(February 18 - March 21, 2015)
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Published in the autumn of 1315, the Purgatorio traces Dante the pilgrim’s journey from where he has emerged out of hell to the top of Mount Purgatory where he finds man’s first delight, the Garden of Eden. The goal the canticle is to show Dante the renunciation of sin consists in the perfection of the virtues through grace so that he may enter into the mind of God in the Paradiso. Dante gets through Purgatory in about four days; we pilgrims will spend a little over a month in the journey.

Teaching Research Design
(March 16 - April 24, 2015)
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This certificate course will engage faculty in thinking about issues of student research skill development in the context of shaping curricula to make research more integral to the instruction process. The institute will involve six modules, each of which will include thought pieces, guidance on how to operationalize skill development in students, and opportunities to interact on the relevant issues as well as prepare practical materials to help you move forward in student research skill development. Completion of the course assignments is the sole requirement.

The certificate requirements in teaching research design have been adapted to meet the needs of secondary school teachers. See adapted syllabus here.

Dante's Paradiso
(April 5 - May 7, 2015)
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Completed in 1321, the year Dante died, the Paradiso traces Dante the pilgrim’s journey from the Garden of Eden at the top of Mount Purgatory straight through ten heavenly spheres and into the mind of God. The goal the canticle is to allegorize the divinization process. Dante gets through Paradise in no time flat; we pilgrims will spend a little over a month in the journey.

33-day de Montfort Consecration Schedule
(Rolling Dates - See link above)
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This course will prepare one for his or her Consecration to Jesus through Mary. This course will teach why one should consecrate himself/herself to Jesus through Mary, how it is done, what benefits are derived from it, when to do it, and how to live the consecration as a way of life. This course will involve six modules. Participants will be given one week to complete each module.


Registrants may participate in one or all of the above courses for free. Those who complete the modules in each course will receive a certificate of completion from the MOOC Moderator for the purpose of receiving continuing education units from their education offices.


Registrants will receive by email confirmation of scheduling at the time of registration and login information to the course site the Friday before each MOOC begins. 

Certification in MOOC Design, Teaching Research Design and Online Teaching and Learning is also available!

Those who seek the certification from the NCEA Seminary Department in MOOC Design, Online Teaching and Learning or Teaching Research Design must pay a tuition fee of $500 per course. The fee provides you with an instructor who will evaluate your work and engage you in dialogue concerning it.

Certification in Online Teaching and Learning is conferred by Dr. Mary Beckmann, Ed.D., on behalf of the Catholic Distance Learning Network operating through the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Certification in Teaching Research Design is conferred by Mr. William Badke on behalf of the Catholic Distance Learning Network operating through the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Certification in MOOC Design is conferred by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP on behalf of the Catholic Distance Learning Network operating through the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association.

To sign up for the certification with Mary, Bill or Sebastian, send a check for $500 to the NCEA Seminary Department at the address below. Please also send an email to Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, at smahfood@holyapostles.edu indicating your intention to register for the certification in one or more of the above areas.

Ms. Kathy Schmitt
National Catholic Educational Association
Seminary Department
1005 North Glebe Road • Suite 525
Arlington, VA 22201


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Last Updated October 28, 2014. © Catholic Distance Learning Network.
"I'd always suspected that we were just teaching our students about our disciplines without ever inviting them to take ownership over them, but I always made a subconscious kind of excuse for my own complicity in that. The course in teaching research design calls all faculty to a higher standard on engaging students in how to enter into our disciplines." - Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, Coordinator of the Catholic Distance Learning Network