Introduction to Online Learning

Price: $79.00

CEUs: 0.5

Access Time: 30 Days

This course from MindEdge Learning's National Institute for Online Learning (NIOL) introduces the major models, tools, and techniques for creating and delivering online learning. It reviews the fundamentals of general learning theory and how it can be applied in practice to online design and instruction.

The National Institute of Online Learning (NIOL), founded in 2012, seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of online learning, especially for adult learners, by promoting best practices and innovation in the field.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  1. Describe key trends in online learning.
  2. Differentiate between the constructivist and transmission models of learning.
  3. Devise techniques for active learning.
  4. Identify the steps common to course development processes and their roles in creating effective learning.
  5. Explain how learning objectives may be used to ensure that a course is meeting the need it was designed for.
  6. Identify the condition, performance, and qualification components of measurable learning objectives.
  7. Describe Bloom's Taxonomy and explain its application in instructional design.
  8. Describe the use of blended learning.
  9. Explain the benefits of narrative, adaptive, peer, and social learning.
  10. Discuss the instructional design needs specific to adult learners.
  11. Describe how to employ Whole-Part-Whole learning techniques.
  12. Recognize how worked examples advance learning.
  13. Describe instructional scaffolding and explain its use.
  14. Explain the 5E Learning Model.
  15. Explore the need for variety in online learning.
  16. Identify ways to incorporate video in online learning.
  17. Describe how to measure for success in online learning.

Target Audience: This course is designed for those seeking an overview and introduction to the theory and practice of online learning.

Level/Prerequisites: Introductory/No Prerequisites

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

Ask the Expert: This course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

Required Material: This course does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

Successful Completion Requirement for IACET CEU: Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.

NIOL Open Badges: Successful completion of this course also earns learners a National Institute for Online Learning badge. This symbol of achievement, aligned with Mozilla Open Badges, can be stored in a learner's Mozilla Backpack for sharing across career sites, social networks, and personal portfolios. More information on Open Badges can be found at


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  • Read all course materials and complete all course activities
  • You must complete the course with all required test scores of 70% or greater

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