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A New Professional Development Opportunity from AEEA
The eeCourses program is designed to provide online, easy-to-access, and ongoing professional development opportunities for environmental educators. eeCourses are intended to build key competencies in a particular subject or focus area. Each course operates asynchronously and will require a total time commitment of 10-15 hours over a period of eight (8) weeks. eeCourses include a variety of tasks and assignments that are thoughtfully designed to engage participants in active learning experiences.
This program is meant to be flexible and meet the needs of professionals in the field of environmental education, both in classrooms and non-formal education settings. The courses mostly operate asynchronously with specific due dates for each module. Periodic group discussions via Zoom are required for each course.
The course moderator will provide feedback and grades for all submitted assignments, and they will be available to answer questions regarding tasks or assignments.
All asynchronous learning components are housed and administered through a web-based learning management system, Moodle. Participants are provided a Moodle account prior to each session beginning. Participation in this program requires an active Google account and access to Zoom.
eeCourses are a new avenue for professional development through AEEA. We will continue to hold our annual conference and in-person workshops. In the future, additional courses will be added to our offerings of online learning. These can be completed as a series to earn an eeCredential. An eeCredential is a micro-credential or a certificate that can be earned by completing a series of related courses, designed to increase your knowledge and skills in a specific area.
A certificate of completion and 10-12 hours of professional development hours will be provided upon completion of the course.
Join this new endeavor for environmental and outdoor education professional learning in Arkansas.
Cost per eeCourse
AEEA Member $65 | Non-members – $100
AEEA members receive a $35 discount.
Fall Session | October 16 – December 8
Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and challenging for all, rather than making modifications for individual students’ needs. This course will encourage you to reflect deeply on your practice to focus on how you plan and teach, not just the content you teach. Whether you’re a classroom teacher or outdoor non-formal educator, are an experienced professional or just getting started in the field, and are new to inclusion or have been leading inclusive programming for years, we hope this course will inspire you to strengthen your pedagogical practices so they are more welcoming, inclusive and accessible for all learners.
Spring 2024 Session | January 16 – March 8, 2024 (Tentative)
Details coming soon.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an eeCourse?
eeCourses are intended to build key competencies in a particular subject or focus area. Each one operates asynchronously and will require a total time commitment of 10-15 hours. eeCourses include a variety of tasks and assignments that are thoughtfully designed to engage participants in active learning experiences. Each eeCourses is built by modules of varying time and length.
How often are assignments due?
Most courses do not have hard due dates outside of the session closing date, however, we know that most people work better with deadlines. We want this program to be flexible and accessible to those who may be working full or part time and continuing their education in “off” hours and times. To encourage active and timely participation, each eeCourse will include a suggested timeline. At the midterm of each course, it is expected that participants will have completed half of their registered coursework. While we want to be flexible, we also want these learning experiences to be meaningful and we think timely and periodic work in the courses will benefit participants more than trying to complete coursework at the last minute.
What are the assignments like?
eeCourses include a variety of tasks and assignments that are thoughtfully designed to engage participants in active learning experiences. There will be videos, reflections, slideshows, PearDecks, JamBoards, virtual tours, mind maps, field assignments, and more!
Why participate in an eeCourse instead of a workshop?
eeCourses are an additional avenue of professional development offered through AEEA. Our annual conference and in-person workshops will continue to occur. eeCourses have flexible hours and no travel expenses, providing a complimentary option for continuing to develop as an environmental educator or supervisor of environmental educators.
Are eeCourses synchronous or asynchronous?
The vast majority of eeCourses are designed asynchronously for learners, meaning that you can work at your own pace and on your own hours. There will be some sections of courses that will have a synchronous component, meaning that you would need to be “present” at a particular time. Be sure to check the syllabus for meeting dates.
Are there times I have to be online?
Most of the time, no. However, there will be two scheduled Zoom discussions and a short introductory meeting at the beginning of the course.
How do I register?
First, check that the enrollment period is open for the upcoming term. If it is, registration buttons will be found on our website. See above.
How much does it cost?
Each course costs $100 for nonmembers and $65 for AEEA members. AEEA Members receive a $35 discount on each course!
How do I become an AEEA member?
Visit https://arkansasee.org/become-a-member/ to become a member and receive our discounts on AEEA events.
What is the refund policy?
All refund or withdrawal requests must be communicated via email to Sophia Stephenson at email@example.com.
- Participants who wish to cancel their registration and request a refund one week prior to the session opening are eligible to receive a full refund minus a $10 processing fee.
- Participants who wish to cancel their registration and request a refund fewer than seven days before the session opens are eligible to receive a 75% refund.
- Participants who wish to withdraw from a course within one week after the course begins are eligible to receive a 50% refund.
- No refund can be provided after the first week of a course.
Still have questions?
Thanks for your interest in the program! Contact Sophia at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions!