Call for Instructors
The sharing of knowledge between professionals is an important part of a quality staff development program. Do you have a special program or instructional strategy that would benefit the growth of children? If you do, PLEASE share your knowledge. Consider becoming an instructor for Keystone AEA's Licensure Renewal Program.
Important things to remember when planning to offer a course:
Our college partners recently received word from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) about emphasis of increased rigor in our educational systems. The USDE stated a federal definition of a credit hour that is consistent with the Carnegie Unit (one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit). According to this definition an activity offered for one graduate credit would need to have approximately 15 hours of class time and out-of-class work equivalent to about 30 hours or some other distribution of a total of 45 hours. Morningside College has taken the stance that this ruling will apply to all courses; on-campus or AEA offerings. Drake, because of their Extension Education division, has taken a different stance and one that basically says we can operate as we have in the past. Please review the document entitled, New Credit Ruling Will Impact Graduate Credit Offerings.
If you plan to offer a technology based class, the course must have a significant portion of its time dedicated to integration; significant meaning greater that 70% of the time. It is no longer acceptable to have a class that deals with learning how to run the program or hardware. Please do not use the word introduction in the title unless you are introducing folks to integrating technology for the advancement of student learning. The bottom line is that a course just about a program such as Excel, Word, Power Point, building Web pages or similar programs will no longer be offered for any type of credit.
If you have decided to offer a class, please complete the Instructor Cover Sheet, Course Syllabus, following the guidelines provided, and the Instructor Vita. You will notice a submit button at the bottom of each form, please click on the submit button to electronically forward the forms. All forms can be found at the above website. Please schedule classes to start after January 13, 2014. The deadline to submit classes is November 15, 2013.
If you have taught for Keystone before and have not updated your vita since July 1, 2008, please do so at this time.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Kathy Hay or Shirley Kirby
1400 2nd Street NW
Elkader, IA 52043