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Capella Online Professional Development Course

Standards-Based Digital Instruction
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Standards-Based Digital Instruction

How do you ensure that standards are being met when adapting and creating digitally-enhanced lessons? Learn to align lessons, objectives, and outcomes to ISTE standards and discipline standards including CCSS and NGSS. Practice using frameworks, like Marzano, to build proficiency scales that guide students and evaluate their work then incorporate best-practices from the Charlotte Danielson Framework, NBTS, and Professional Teacher Standards. Full Description


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Competency-based coursework makes it easy to learn on your time and at your pace, at home or on the go. It’s professional learning on your terms.

Your Class

Application questions within the course send teachers into their classrooms to practice and reflect upon what they have learned applying your learning with your students.

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Standards-Based Digital Instruction

Learning to plan for instruction and evaluation that aligns to both content and technology standards is a must for today's transforming classrooms.  Specific information with regard to math, ELA, NGSS, Historical thinking, Foreign Language standards helps you align one of your lessons to both content and digital learning standards like ISTE.  Then create proficiency scales and rubrics for your content area and evaluate your lesson using the framework of your choice. 

During this course you will build

  • A process to align current lessons to specific content and digital learning standards
  • A proficiency scale and a rubric that incorporates several proficiency elements
  • An evaluation of your lesson using Danielson or NBPTS frameworks 


20 Student Reviews
by Kaley F. on August 31, 2019
Very informative about the differences between all the new standards. Very helpful to learn about and be able to apply to my teaching this year!
by Shannon P. on August 26, 2019
This was an amazing online class. It taught me a lot that I didn't know about rubrics, proficiency scales, and the different domains of Danielson. I would highly recommend it!
by Briana E. on July 16, 2019
When taking my milestone, 4/6 of the questions I got wrong were 100% inconsistent with questions on the practice milestone and information in the videos. I needed a 14/25 on the test to pass the course and received a 19/25. I passed, but was thankful I hadn't gotten even more questions wrong because the errors in (at least) 4 of these questions caused a serious dent in my test score. Was disappointed with this milestone & course.
by Karen D. on July 6, 2019
Wow - there was a lot of information in this course! I took the practice milestone test several times because I doubted myself too much to be successful on the real one! It was a tough course, but full of useful information.
by Susan B. on May 22, 2019
This course has too much information included & is not organized very well. It's not succinct & at times, it's difficult to follow. Some of the answers on the challenges & Milestone are subjective. I do not recommend this course.
by Shelrie J. on April 3, 2019
My first online course. I did not think I would like it, but I really enjoyed. the Learning Coaches are so very helpful and encouraging.
by Cynthia M. on March 28, 2019
I teach visual art K - 12. There is very little in the means of support materials or resources concerning standards. So, I have done much research to improve my own understanding and application of standards based instruction. I have developed a format for teaching students to understand what they need to learn and be able to do that has improved my teaching and student learning. 1 unit of study is 1 standard. I start with the standard, list the vocabulary that is necessary to know, direct the verbs to analyze the skill to be taught then front load the information to students, then produce an activity or many activities for students to apply the knowledge. The final stage of the unit is to solve an art problem. In turn the standard based instruction has rigor and is mastered before going to the next standard or unit. In relationship to this course I never understood the logic that was behind the way you were teaching to rewrite the standard. I listened to both instructors.
by Christine L. on March 16, 2019
This was a difficult but informative course. I think it might be slightly out of date now because standards are beginning to change yet again. The process of choosing standards and applying them was still usable.