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Upcoming OPDI Coursesopdi

 

 
This page lists all upcoming Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI)™ courses open for enrollment. To see all courses in the OPDI course catalog, click here. To the list of projected courses for the upcoming year, click here.

Summer 2017Enrollment open!
For course descriptions, click here or scroll down.
Information on college credit here.

12-week Courses:
OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy for All Dance Environments (5/15-8/6)
OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research (5/18-8/6)
OPDI-201: Portfolio Development Using the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (6/5-8/27)

4 and 6-week Mini Courses:
OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance (6/5-7/2)
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition (6/5-7/16)
OPDI-M3: Rubrics and Portfolio Assessments in Dance (6/19-7/16)
OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition (6/19-7/30)

How to Enroll in Courses

To register for courses, login with your NDEO member username and password. Proceed to your Member Profile and click on the Access OPDI button. Under the Upcoming Courses tab, click on the appropriate enroll link for the course you wish to take.
    
Registration Deadline: Wednesday before course start date.

Summer 2017 Course Descriptions & Information

 

10-12 Week Courses


 
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OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research
OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research
Professor: Dr. Doug Risner; Tuition $500; 3-NDEO endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 445) for additional $450.
 
This course provides a survey of current research paradigms in dance education inquiry with particular emphasis on research process, design, methodology, and pedagogical implications for dance teaching and curriculum. In addition, an overview of empirical and exploratory research drawn from historical, philosophical, descriptive, ethnographic, case study, survey, action research, interpretive, and critical approaches is explored. Student learning outcomes include the ability to read research in informed and critical ways, analyze research findings, and formulate their own research question(s) and appropriate methodologies. This 3-unit course is appropriate for dance educators interested in developing their knowledge about research, using research to enhance teaching, seeing their studios and classrooms as research labs, and constructing their own research studies for improving student learning and teaching practices.

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OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy for All Dance Environments
OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy for All Dance Environments
Professor: Dr. Doug Risner; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks
 
This course provides a survey of educational foundations in dance pedagogy with particular emphasis on social and cultural aspects of pedagogical theory in multiple settings (K-12, private studio, higher education, and dance in community). Study includes the historical context of education and dance education, education theory, the art and science of teaching, the sociology of school organization and culture, and the ethical dimensions of teaching. Applied experiences include field observations in diverse dance teaching environments and social immersion projects. Consider taking this course if you are interested in 1) expanding the development of a personal pedagogy and philosophy of teaching appropriate for your dance education setting, and 2) developing theoretical and applied understandings of critical pedagogical concerns in dance education including teaching and learning theory, social and cultural issues in education, cultural diversity, and reflective practice. This course is appropriate for any dance educator, whether new to the field or a seasoned veteran, who is interested in answering the question: “What does it mean to be responsible for someone else’s learning?”

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OPDI-201: Portfolio Development using the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA)
OPDI-201: Professional Portfolio Development using Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA)
Professor: Pat Cohen; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; Prerequisites: Successful completion of OPDI-101: Introduction to PTSDA or by successful completion of a test out questionnaire and permission of the instructor. If you would like to test out of OPDI-101, please email opdi@ndeo.org. Additional $100 charge for test out option.  More info at www.ndeo.org/ptsdatestout
 
In this course, participants will learn the essentials of developing a professional portfolio, culminating in an organized, useful compilation of one's accomplishments, skills and pedagogical expertise. Each course module substantively references the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts, providing solid evidence of one's deep understanding of the Standards manifested in statements of teaching philosophy, lesson plans and assessments for varied populations, videos of teaching moments, documented collaborations with colleagues, and one's place in the community as an advocate for dance in arts education. During the course, participants will both watch and create teaching videos, read relevant articles, research funding possibilities, etc. Professional portfolios complement one's resume/vita, providing powerful documentation of one's accomplishments and skills. Portfolios are used with increasing frequency as assessment for teacher evaluation and job promotion.

Mini Courses: 4-6 Weeks Long

 
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OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance
OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance
Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $190; 1 NDEO-Endorsed CEU; 4 weeks

This Mini Course explores the universal language used to describe movement, and dance in particular. This language, or elements of movement, is applicable to all dance styles, genres and techniques. Through movement and online discussions, students will examine how the body moves in space, in time, and with energy (dynamics). A working knowledge of this material allows the student to identify and describe movement with specificity and clarity which can be useful in creating dances, documenting choreography and ensuring accurate interpretation of specific styles and techniques. In addition, this knowledge can improve students’ ability to analyze, interpret and respond to dance choreography and performance.

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OPDI-M3: Rubrics and Portfolio Assessments in Dance
OPDI-M3: Rubrics and Portfolio Assessments in Dance
Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols; Tuition $190; 1 NDEO-Endorsed CEU; 4 weeks
 
This course is the process of gathering evidence that may be used to effectively measure student learning. Assessments may be used in any dance education environment: private school of dance, conservatory, recreation center, preK-12, or post-secondary education. We can both monitor students’ progress during the learning process (formative assessment) and at the end of a period of time (summative assessment), perhaps a semester, a season, or a year. This 4 week course will give participants a basic understanding of assessment as it pertains to dance education and understand how to use rubrics and portfolios as tools for assessments.

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OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition
Professor: Lori Provost; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks
This course examines the diverse and multilateral Western training systems of the French, English, Russian, Italian, Danish, and American schools. By examining historical approaches, students will compose their own syllabus for classroom training. Due to its emphasis on ballet technique and teacher performance, the course relies heavily on visual learning (viewing videos), video recording of classroom teaching, and videoconference feedback. This course is beneficial for university students, dancers who are making the transition from a performance career to a ballet-teaching career, and current teachers who want to brush up on theory with online flexibility. It is recommended that students have at the minimum, an introductory knowledge of ballet terminology and technique. It is required that students enrolled in this course are currently teaching a ballet class or have instructional access to a group of students, in order to apply assignments that require student demonstrations.

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OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition
OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition
Professor: Marty Sprague; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks
In this course, students will engage in research and reflection on the following questions: As a teacher, what long term dance learning or enduring understanding do you wish to pass on to your students regarding modern dance? As a choreographer, do you know the lineage, from where your personal expressive style is rooted and developed, of your modern dance style? As a performer, how can an understanding of modern dance styles aid in clarity of execution in repertory pieces? From where do we develop our personal movement preferences and expressive capabilities? What or who has influenced these preferences and capabilities? Even if you are a “rebel”, as opposed to one devoted to passing on a legacy, you need to know from what or whom you are rebelling. By applying a known family genealogy, one is given a deeper sense of identity and so knowing the modern dance historical genealogy gives a deeper sense of one’s place in the modern dance world and thereby improve one’s dance products and students’ training experience.

Information for All Courses

Required Materials and Commitment

Computer and high speed internet access is mandatory for successful completion of these courses. It is expected that students will spend up to 8 hours each week completing assignments.

General Prerequisites

Before registering for these course, students must be formally accepted into OPDI and have a current NDEO membership. If you have an individual membership (Professional, Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student, PhD/EdD, Young Professional, or Retiree), you will be able to complete the OPDI application and register for courses from your member profile. If you are the contact name on an institutional membership with NDEO, please call 301-585-2880 or email opdi@ndeo.org and we will set you up with a complimentary OPDI membership.

Grading and Credits

Students will receive a Pass with Distinction or Pass and the appropriate number of NDEO-endorsed continuing education units (CEU) upon the successful completion of the course. Students who do not complete the course will receive an Incomplete. Alternatively, students can register to audit the course, allowing them to participate as much or as little as they want with no consequences. The professor most likely will not grade or review work of auditing students. Students with an audit status will not receive a grade or CEUs, and the course will not count towards to completion of a Certificate in Dance Education. Students have until the end of the fourth week of the course to inform NDEO of their intention to audit, although we prefer you register at the beginning as an audit if that meets your needs. It is up to the student to notify NDEO of their audit status by emailing opdi@ndeo.org.

 

Information on Additional Course Credit
Select OPDI courses (indicated above in course description) are available for either undergraduate or graduate college credit through our partner, the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG), at $150 per credit hour. Please note that you cannot audit the course if taken for UNCG college credit, and you will receive a letter grade and official transcript. During course registration, you will have the option to add UNCG credits to courses where available. Courses with College Credit


Refund Policy

For 10 to 12-week courses:
In order to be eligible for a refund or credit, the student must notify NDEO by email at opdi@ndeo.org and confirm that the email was received. The $50 administration fee is subtracted from all tuition payments. Thereafter, if the request is received before the start date of the course, 100% refund or credit of all tuition is granted. If the request is received by day 7 (end of the first week) of the course, 75% refund or credit of tuition is granted. If the request is received by day 14 (end of the second week) of the course, 50% refund or credit of tuition is granted. No refunds or credits after the end of the 2nd week of the course. Refunds will be sent to the student in the form of a check, while credits will be placed in the student’s NDEO membership account and can be used against future NDEO transactions. There are NO refunds of undergraduate credit fees from University of North Carolina/Greensboro.

For 4-week or 6-week Mini Courses:
In order to be eligible for a refund or credit, the student must notify NDEO by email at opdi@ndeo.org and confirm that the email was received. The $50 administration fee is subtracted from all tuition payments. Thereafter, if the request is received before the start date of the course, 100% refund or credit of tuition is granted. If the request is received by day 7 (end of the first week) of the course, 75% refund or credit is granted. No refunds or credits after the end of the first week Mini Courses. Refunds will be sent to student in the form of a check while credits will be placed in the student’s NDEO membership account and can be used against future NDEO transactions.

Online Course Disclaimer: Online courses are delivered and completed solely through online means (computer; Sakai site; and email). There are no face to face class meetings. Students should be proactive, motivated, and fully responsible for their own coursework and assignments in a timely way. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to work ahead of schedule and anticipate/plan for future assignments.