With the help of a new state grant, Arkansas Tech University (ATU) is preparing to offer an online teaching academy in the coming academic year.
The Arkansas Department of Education provided ATU with a $215,868 grant to offer 15 hours of graduate course credit designed to improve online curriculum delivery. The university will offer the course credit to 25 public school teachers.
Scholarship funding will enable all 25 teachers to attend the ATU Online Teaching Academy at no cost.
“Our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic have reinforced that distance learning is an effective method for delivering lessons to learners of all ages across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines,” Dr. Linda Bean, dean of the ATU College of Education, said in a statement. “We are pleased to partner with the Arkansas Department of Education and work together to increase the quality of online teaching and learning in our state.”
The academy will focus on curriculum design, evaluation, online course development, instructional technology and more. All classes will be conducted online and feature synchronous virtual classes on Saturdays.
ATU Online Teaching Academy graduates will receive a certificate in online teaching. These individuals will be able to use these hours toward an ATU Master of Education degree in instructional technology and library media.
The academy is currently scheduled to begin July 12-23.
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