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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 see the list of projected courses for upcoming semesters, click here.   

Summer 2021To see course descriptions, please scroll down.

12-week Courses:
OPDI-112: Implementing the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) in Dance (5/31-8/22)
OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research (5/31-8/22)
OPDI-114: Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities (5/31-8/22)
OPDI-118: Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Essentials (5/31-8/22)
OPDI-120: Music Theory and Applications for the Dance Teacher (7/12-10/3)


4, 6, and 8-week Mini Courses:

OPDI –M2: Elements of Dance (6/14-7/11)
OPDI-M20: Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Dance Curriculum (6/14-7/25)
OPDI-M21: Building an Online Dance Course: Process, Product and Student Engagement (6/14-7/25)
OPDI-M23: Creating an Ethics and Pedagogy of Teaching with(out) Touch (6/14-7/25)
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition (7/12-8/22)
OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition (7/12-8/22)
OPDI-M22: Using Dance Pedagogic Content Knowledge (PCK) to Drive Programmatic and Self Growth (7/12-9/5)


How to Enroll in Courses


NDEO Members:
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. You must have a current NDEO membership in order to take OPDI courses. If you are not yet an OPDI student you will need to complete the OPDI Application before you can register for a course.

Registration and Tuition Payment Deadline: Two Wednesdays before course start date.

Summer 2021 Course Descriptions & Information

12 Week Courses



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OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research
OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research
This course provides a survey of current research paradigms in dance education inquiry with particular emphasis on research design, methodology, and pedagogical implications for dance teaching and curriculum. The course provides an in-depth study of empirical and exploratory research drawn from historical, philosophical, ethnographic, case study, survey, action research, interpretive and critical approaches. The formulation of research question(s) and their methodologies figure prominently in the course outcomes. 3 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Doug Risner, PhD. Tuition: $520. 

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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
This course will delve into the new standards 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. 3 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols and Marty Sprague. Tuition: $520.

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OPDI-114: Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities
OPDI-114: Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities

All children and adults need opportunities to learn, create, perform and respond to dance in all its forms. Dance provides students, with and without disabilities, a means of expression and communication, an opportunity to collaborate with others in the creative process and the exploration of new movement possibilities. Through this course educators will learn instructional strategies that successfully include students with disabilities in the P-12 school environment, dance studios, community spaces and higher education. Course participants will acquire knowledge and skills needed to plan and implement an effective and inclusive Dance Education program. The course will address legislation related to students with disabilities, characteristics of different disabilities, content and teaching accommodations for learning in dance education, goals, assessments and Individual Education Plans (IEP), and Disability Justice.  Participants will also view the performances (via video) of professional dancers with disabilities. Educators who teach in the PreK-12 schools, private studios, higher education, and community dance programs will find this course can assist them with the knowledge and learning experiences to provide meaningful dance education programs for students with disabilities.  3 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Sandra Stratton-Gonzalez. Tuition: $520. 


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OPDI-118: Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Essentials
OPDI-118: Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Essentials
The mission of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) is to bring dance into children's lives and education by inspiring teachers to be life-long learners, by encouraging experimentation and observation in teaching, and by enabling teachers to give children ownership of the art form as a means of communication. DEL Essentials course is an introductory course that provides an overview of the key components of the nationally acclaimed DEL model of teaching dance to children and teenagers. This new online course is based on the highly popular DEL Essentials course that is taught at DEL 92Y and at Jacob’s Pillow. Participants will examine Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a framework for dynamic and scaffolded lesson planning, explore the DEL method of collaborative dance making, gain effective and inspired teaching strategies, and learn how to make connections between dance and other disciplines. If you are a first year teacher or seasoned dance educator who wants to refresh your practice, DEL is the course for you! Join the DEL community network and gain access to a wide range of dance education resources. #danceforeverychild 3 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Ann Biddle. Tuition: $520. 

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OPDI-120: Music Theory and Applications for the Dance Teacher
OPDI-120: Music Theory and Applications for the Dance Teacher
Understanding music is an essential tool for a successful dance teacher. In a classroom setting, it is beneficial to be able to articulate to your students where rhythmic patterns lie, and where specific accents of movements occur. The first half of the course will raise awareness of the relationship between music and dance, covering the concepts of Beat, Pulse, Meter, Tempo, Dynamics, Articulation, and Phrasing. The student is given an opportunity to explore and apply to dance the concepts learned and write a short musical score to demonstrate overall comprehension. In the second half of the course, students continue to examine the symbiotic relationships that exist between music and dance finding meaningful ways to express those relationships in their teaching. Based on newly acquired musical knowledge and aided with a cadre of tools, students identify musical resources that support teaching and choreography needs. Participants will learn how to make effective music choices reflecting choreographic intent, build personal music libraries, and how to effectively communicate with live musicians in class and performance. In practicums, participants deconstruct a musical score and build a choreographic study derived from the musical structure. Finally, each student works collaboratively with the instructor in a composer/choreographer project with the instructor composing music for each student based on the student’s articulated choreographic intent. By the end of this course, students have a very organic understanding of their relationship with music. No textbook required. 3 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Jon Anderson. Tuition: $520. 


Mini Courses: 4-8 Weeks Long



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OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance (4 weeks)
OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance (4 weeks)
This course explores the language we use to describe movement, and dance in particular. Through movement and discussion we will examine how the body moves in space, in time, and with energy (dynamics). A working knowledge of this material allows us to identify and describe movement with specificity and clarity, which serves both teachers and students. Ultimately, the goal of movement is to communicate meaning. We will explore the tools with which the body communicates. We call these tools the elements of movement. Our bodies are the instruments of communication.  We will examine what moves, where, how, and when it moves in space, and with certain qualities that enhance meaning. 1 NDEO CEU. Professor: Patricia Cohen, MA. Tuition: $200.

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OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition (6 weeks)
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition (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 video conference 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 recommended 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. If you do not have access to students during this course, please inform the instruction immediately for alternate assignment. Book required: Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by G. Grant. (2014) New York, NY: Dover Publications.1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Lori Provost, MA. Tuition: $295.


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OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition (6 weeks)
OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition (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. Required Books: Legg, Joshua. (2011). Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques. Hightstown, NJ: Princeton Book Company Publishers. Optional additional text: Strauss, Marc Raymond with Nadel, Myron Howard. (2012). Looking at Contemporary Dance: A Guide for the Internet Age. Hightstown, NJ: Princeton Book Company Publishers. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Marty Sprague. Tuition: $295.

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OPDI-M20: Building an Online Dance Course: Process, Product, & Student Engagement (6 weeks)
OPDI-M20: Building an Online Dance Course: Process and Product (6 weeks)

COVID-19 and social distancing have heightened the need for all dance educators to develop skills needed to teach online, to develop a comprehensive online course, and to implement strategies to keep students engaged. This course takes the dance professional (OPDI student) through the process of planning, designing, and implementing an online course and explores commonly used online Learning Management Systems (LMS). Participants learn how to develop course modules, identify resources, and design assignments, student work, and assessments. Student engagement strategies will also be explored. Whether you are teaching dance technique or the academic side of dance, this course will help you develop a rigorous, well-constructed online course that can work across multiple teaching environments. Participants should have an idea for a course outline that they would like to design by the end of this course. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Beth Megill. Tuition: $295.


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OPDI-M21: Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Dance Curriculum (6 weeks)
OPDI-M21: Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Dance Curriculum (6 weeks)
With an emerging evidence base connecting dance to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) outcomes, it’s important for dance teachers to understand and be able to articulate this connection. Additionally, any kind of dance teacher can strengthen their pedagogy and student outcomes with a more intentional and explicit focus on SEL. This course provides strategies for aligning dance curriculum to CASEL’s “Framework for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning.” CASEL stands for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Participants will learn about the CASEL framework and the research showing the strong connection between dance and SEL. The five broad SEL competency areas: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making. The course will wrap up with participants mapping out an action plan for how they can integrate explicit and intentional SEL approaches into their teaching. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Margot Toppen. Tuition: $295.
 
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OPDI-M22: Using Dance Pedagogic Content Knowledge (PCK) to Drive Programmatic and Self Growth (8 weeks)
OPDI-M22: Using Dance Pedagogic Content Knowledge (PCK) to Drive Programmatic and Self Growth (8 weeks)
This course provides students with a useful conceptual framework to inspire thoughtful and informed curricular decisions about the allocation of instructional time and focus in K-16 dance education (elementary school to college) and to reflect on and renew one’s personal teaching practice. The conceptual framework explored is the 10 Pedagogic Content Knowledge (PCK) Skills Clusters that comprise the DELTA (Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment) stemming from the National Core Arts Standards for Dance. These clusters include: 1) Performing Dance as an Intentional, Expressive Art Form (guiding principles), 2) Choreography (exploring, planning, revising), 3) Integrated Approaches to Historical, Cultural & Contemporary Dance Studies, 4) Dance Language, Literacy & Critical Analysis, 5) Pedagogical Theory & Practice, 6) Knowledge of the Learner, 7) Assessment Literacy, Evaluation & Reflective Practice, 8) School-based Policies, 9) Dance Classroom, and 10) Technical Production. Anyone with an interest in dance education and dance teacher preparation would benefit from this course, from new teachers to seasoned dance education professionals from any teaching environment. It is designed to support and extend dance education content knowledge while expanding personal and professional expertise. 2 NDEO CEUs. Professors: Dr. Elizabeth McPherson and Dr. Dale Schmid. Tuition: $350.

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OPDI-M23: Creating an Ethics and Pedagogy of Teaching with(out) Touch (6 weeks)
OPDI-M23: Creating an Ethics and Pedagogy of Teaching with(out) Touch (6 weeks)
Dance teachers in every setting have long used touch as a teaching method. It is employed for correction or support, to provide a goal, impart kinesthetic feedback, or other reasons. With disclosures of sexual misconduct at top artistic institutions, the rise of the #MeToo movement, startling statistics regarding young people who have experienced trauma, and ongoing concerns around coronavirus, we now have an excellent opportunity to address the pedagogy of touch. Different approaches, such as imagistic language, prop work, or other types of touch may provide for safer learning environments, empower students, and/or provide new depth to the creativity and teaching practices already employed. This course combines knowledge of best practices of physical contact in dance and theatre performance with Laban/Bartenieff Touch-for-Repatterning practices. It examines consent and power dynamics in the studio, creating an ethics of touch for movement classes, and low-touch/no-touch teaching options. Those enrolled in the course will be encouraged to strategically offer opportunities for students to practice consent and exercise agency when touch is employed. The course encourages personal reflection and choice-making for effective teaching. The material is applicable to dance teachers in any environment. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Nicole Perry. Tuition: $295.
 

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 $495 per course. Please note that you cannot audit the course if taken for UNCG college credit, and you will receive a letter grade and can order an official transcript from UNCG after the course is over. During course registration, you will have the option to add UNCG credits to courses where available. Courses with College Credit


Refund Policy

For 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 refunds. If the request is received before the start date of the course and before the student has accessed 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 or credit card depending on mode of initial payment, 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 college credit fees from University of North Carolina/Greensboro.

For 4-week, 6-week, or 8-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 refunds. If the request is received before the start date of the course and before the student has accessed 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. Refunds will be sent to the student in the form of a check or credit card depending on mode of initial payment, while credits will be placed in the student’s NDEO membership account and can be used against future NDEO transactions. 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.