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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.

Spring 2017Enrollment coming soon!
For course descriptions, click here or scroll down.

10 to 12-week Courses:
OPDI-103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance (1/30-4/23)
OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice (1/30-4/23)
OPDI-106: Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953 (1/30-4/23)
OPDI-112: Implementing the New National Core Arts Standards in Dance (2/20-5/14)

4 and 6-week Mini Courses:
OPDI-M5: Writing Successful Funding Proposals (2/20-4/2)
OPDI-M11: Exploring Dance Education History, Legacy, and Literacy through DELRdi (3/6-4/16)
OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance (3/6-4/2)
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (3/6-4/16)

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.

Spring 2017 Course Descriptions & Information

 

10-12 Week Courses


 
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OPDI-103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance
OPDI-103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance
Professor: Dr. Rima Faber; Tuition $500; 3-NDEO endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; 3 Graduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 645) for additional $450. Must have completed a Bachelor's degree to quality for Graduate credits.
 
This course is based on authentic assessment experiences that you can use in your dance classes. Some questions explored are: What is assessment? What functions do assessments serve? How are different types of assessment tools developed and used? How can assessments measure student learning and growth? This course helps teachers understand their students using formative, summative and authentic assessments. Students will use a wide variety of assessment techniques, tools, and instruments to support their learning process, build their own assessments in dance, and construct traditional educational testing instruments. Consider the following: 1) Grants are now requiring assessment procedures that are academically sound, 2) Most dance educators have never been trained to clearly determine student achievement nor learned how to foster improvement through assessments techniques, 3) For teachers who received certification a good while ago, assessment procedures have changed greatly in the past decade, especially for dance educators, and 4) New teacher evaluation systems being considered by many states are based on proof of student learning. Two Books required: 1) Classroom Assessment : What Teachers Need to Know, 7th ed. by James Popham (2014). USA: Available on Amazon. Electronic available from Pearson, 2) How to Create and Use Rubrics by Susan M. Brookhart (2013) Alexandria, VA: Available on www.ASCD.org.

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OPDI-106: Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953
OPDI-106: Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953
Professor: Naima Prevots; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 446) for additional $450.
 
This course covers choreographers working in modern, ballet, hip hop, tap, and cultural forms since1953 and takes a thematic rather than chronological approach, allowing for close study of feeling, form, and historical context. Themes include: Non-narrative dance; Myth; Gender; Culturally Specific Explorations; Social and Political Commentary; Music. Do you want to better understand the values, ideas, social events, and cultural influences inspiring today’s concert dance choreographers? Do you want to integrate your work in dance with other disciplines such as literature, visual art, theatre, music, history, women’s studies, and African and Asian studies? Do you want to inspire your students with new ideas for dance projects? Emphasis is on viewing numerous works rather than extensive readings and on finding fresh applications to a wide variety of teaching situations. Artists covered include Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais, Erick Hawkins, Meredith Monk, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown, Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine, Bill T. Jones, Lucinda Childs, Doug Varone, Urban Bush Women, and many others.

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OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice
OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice
Professor: Robin Kish; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 341) for additional $450.
 
This course provides an introduction to the field of dance kinesiology with an emphasis on applied teaching practices. The course will provide participants with a strong foundation in anatomy and kinesiology to help maximize performance and minimize potential injuries of their students. Participants will learn how to create environments to promote healthy approaches in the training of dancers which include injury basics, developmentally safe practices, nutrition and the creation of a medical support network. The information provided in the course is based upon proven principles and methodologies gathered from current research. As an educator it is important to clearly define the anatomical potential and limitations of individual dancers in order to maximize technical training and performance. This course will provide you with the confidence that you are using safe and effective training principles to minimize injury in your students. Book required: Trail Guide to the Body (4th Edition) 2005 by Andrew Biel {spiral-bound} Boulder, collard: Books of Discovery. ISBN #9780982663400

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OPDI-112: Implementing the New National Core Arts Standards in Dance
OPDI-112: Implementing the New National Core Arts Standards in Dance
Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks;

This course will delve into the new national core arts standards in dance that were launched in October 2014 as part of a collaborative effort with all the major art forms including dance, music, theater, visual arts and media arts. The new dance standards focus on the 4 artistic processes of creating, performing, responding and connecting. Participants will go in-depth with the standards and learn how to apply the standards in their own classrooms or studios. During this course participants will develop curriculum and lesson plans based on the new standards.

Mini Courses: 4-6 Weeks Long

 
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OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance
OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance
Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $190; 1 NDEO-Endorsed CEU; 4 weeks; 2 Professional Development Credits available from West Virginia University for additional $142

This Mini Course explores human development as it informs our teaching of students of all ages and abilities. Exploration will cover general domains including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. As dance educators, we need to be aware of our students’ development in each of these domains. Participants will utilize this information in observing and identifying behaviors in each of the domains, and in creating learning environments in which all dance students can succeed.

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OPDI-M5: Writing Successful Funding Proposals
OPDI-M5: Writing Successful Funding Proposals
Professor: Jane Bonbright; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; 2 Professional Development Credits available from West Virginia University for additional $142
 
This course takes the dance professional (OPDI student) on a journey that begins with understanding the basic sections required in a funding proposal, reflecting on one’s own institutional funding needs to develop the content in the funding proposal, and then articulating that content into the components of a full funding request. The course provides you a basic structure for writing proposals that is applicable to most private and public corporate and family foundations and state and federal grants. Writing any funding proposal is a learned skill and it improves with experience. Success builds success and, eventually, funders too learn who is a good investment, and who is not. It can take several years to earn this reputation; however, it is well worth the effort. Writing funding proposals is perhaps only one of several multipronged approaches to acquiring external funding; however, proposal writing requires considerable expertise. Money is always a scarce commodity; thus, funding proposals are always highly competitive! Writing proposals is a delightful challenge and it can be a whole lot of fun! Students are advised to bring samples of grant opportunities with them for direct application, if available. Otherwise, real-life grants will be used as samples and assignments.

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OPDI-M11: Exploring Dance Education History, Legacy, and Literacy through DELRdi
OPDI-M11: Exploring Dance Education History, Legacy, and Literacy through DELRdi
Professor: Anne Dunkin and Rachael Palermo; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; 2 Professional Development Credits available from West Virginia University for additional $142
 
This course is designed to help your dance education practice in many diverse ways. Importantly, it provides the participants with exciting and creative ideas and resources to build interesting class content. It introduces stimulating research and important dance topics, and provides the knowledge-base to debate the merits of a selected topic in light of previous studies. It enables participants to address important and relevant issues and policy in dance education. In addition, students will develop fluency using DELRdi (Dance Education Literature and Research descriptive index) and discover the vast range of information contained in the index. Students will share results of individual searches and discuss interpretations of what the literature tells us about dance education and research. Finally, participants will develop a new online DELRdi tutorial for first-time users and locate missing documents and prepare them for inclusion in the DELRdi.

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OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Composition
Professor: Lindsay Guarino; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; 2 Professional Development Credits available from West Virginia University for additional $142
 
This course traces the continuum of jazz dance from its roots to its many manifestations today. Students will explore their own jazz dance identity through a process of examining historical jazz eras and styles (authentic, vernacular, theatrical, and contemporary) and by engaging in reflection, choreographic explorations, and dialogue with classmates. Additional course components include reading, video viewing and analysis, and writing assignments that allow students to focus their understanding of jazz dance. Whether you teach in a privately owned dance studio, in K-12, or in higher education, this course will also offer participants the opportunity to practice a historically-rooted approach for teaching jazz dance that is relevant today in contemporary jazz dance practices. By applying essential jazz dance characteristics that are derived from the origins of jazz but are often forgotten in dance studios today, participants will be able to integrate a rich understanding of jazz dance to classroom exercises that are already in your tool box. Feedback from classmates and instructor will open the doors to a dialogue where, as a community, one can share successes and challenges. In turn, participants will complete this course with a series of class exercises that can be explored and integrated into regular studio classes. Book required: Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver. (2014). Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

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 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. 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.
 
Starting Spring 2017, additional select OPDI Mini Courses will be available for professional development graduate credits from West Virginia University at $142 per course (2 PD credits). Please note that you cannot audit the course if taken for WVU PD credit, and you will receive a pass/fail grade. Information on how to register for this option will be available in early January 2017.
 

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.