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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.   


Fall 2021To see course descriptions, please scroll down.

12-week Courses:
OPDI-111ab: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations (Part 1: 9/13-10/24) (Part 2: 10/25-12/5)
OPDI-122: Celebrating Voices of Contemporary Choreographers (9/13-12/5)
OPDI-123: The Dancing Brain (9/13-12-5)
OPDI-115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process (9/27-12/19)
OPDI-116: Harkness Ctr for Dance Injuries: Science of Dancer Health & Injury Prevention (9/27-12/19)

4, 6, and 8-week Mini Courses:

OPDI-111a: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations Part 1 (9/13-10/24)
OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories (9/13-10/10)
OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance (9/27-10/24)
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (9/27-11/7)


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.

How do OPDI Courses Work


Our courses are asynchronous, so there are no required meeting dates or times but we do have a course start and end date.
  Every week of the course there are assignments that you will need to complete. Typically the due date is on Sunday each week but you should read the syllabus at the beginning of the course to confirm due dates.

Our “online” courses are guided by a professor and include a co-hort of students (other dance teachers) with whom you will collaborate.  They also include graded assignments, feedback, final grades, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Our OPDI online courses require on average between 6 to 8 hours of work each week, but it all depends on the student's learning style. It could be less or could be more. You can also register as an Audit student and do as much or as little work as you want and will not receive a grade.  We utilize the Sakai online learning platform to deliver the course materials and instruction. In most of our courses, the first week of the course is all about learning how to use our online platform, then you begin content in week 2.

Assignments can be done at any time during the week and may include reading, watching videos, posting answers to prompts on a discussion board, writing an essay, reading and responding to other students' posts on the discussion board, taking a cell phone video of yourself completing a particular movement, taking a quiz, or completing a final project.  The professor provides written feedback and grades and you get to connect with other students (who are actually dance teachers) via our discussion board and a few optional live video chats.


Fees: OPDI Tuition & Membership Policy

Fall 2021 Course Descriptions & Information

12 Week Courses



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OPDI-111ab: Dance History: Global, Cultural, and Historical Considerations
OPDI-111ab: Dance History: Global, Cultural, and Historical Considerations
This course provides an overview of dance history in cultural and historical context, from its earliest documentation (pre-historic times) to current practices, including the emergence of new dance forms through transmigration (e.g. Kathak to Flamenco, Clogging to Tap, Gumboot to Stepping). Global in its perspective, the course equally emphasizes Western and Non-Western dance forms. Using context as its primary lens, the course covers theatrical, folk and social forms of dance in socio-economic, religious, and political environments. The effects of culture on what and how we dance and the corresponding influence of dance on its society will also be explored. The course is intended to serve the needs of a wide variety of students including: 1) dance students, professional dancers and educators who desire a global overview of dance history, 2) students, professional dancers and educators who are curious about the interconnections of dance and society, 3) students who need a dance history prerequisite for further study, or 4) dance educators preparing for K-12 certification content exams in certain states such as New York.

In Part 1 of this course the student will explore the terminology and descriptions used in the study of dance history along with the functions that dance plays in our lives such as social, theatrical, political, religious, etc. The course will then move on to a review of Classical dance forms (e.g. ballet, Bharata Natya, etc.) and Blended dance forms (e.g. tap). In Part 2 of this course the student will explore dance forms from pre-historic dance, myths and legends, transmigration, globalization and nationalism. The course then ends with a culminating essay project. Book Required: Dils, A. and Albright, A. (2001). Moving History/Dancing Cultures. Middletown, CT. Wesleyan University Press. 3 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Patricia Cohen. Tuition: $295 for 111a and $225 for 111b.

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OPDI-115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process
OPDI-115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process
Dance Integration is an exploration of arts integration into core academic subjects through use of the creative process as a method for developing movement, dance phrases, dances, and entire units of study. This course helps dance educators (teaching artists, K-12 educators, studio teachers, instructors at company schools, university professors along with their pre-service student teachers) integrate dance across the curriculum through: understanding the creative process (from concept, investigation and exploration through selection, development, refinement and exhibition); creating dance-making activities and lessons; designing and assessing integrated projects; understanding the use of different teaching styles, and selecting and adding appropriate national, state, or local standards, and applicable 21st Century Learning Skills. The content of this course is also useful for teacher preparation programs and professional development (for dance and non-dance educators). Book required: Dance About Anything by Susan McGreevy-Nichols, Marty Sprague, and Helene Scheff available on NDEO online store at www.ndeo.org. 3 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Marty Sprague. Tuition: $520.

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OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention
OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention

Dance educators in every genre of dance serve a myriad of student populations. The goal of this evidenced-based course is to present you, the dance educator, with key principles of overall health in a way that will allow you to critically interpret the information, apply it to your dance education setting, and formulate a dance injury prevention plan of action in your teaching practice. Participants will explore the relationship, or spectrum, between overall health and dance injuries in order to consider what a dance injury prevention plan of action would include in any given environment. Topics covered will include physical, psychodynamic, and environmental factors; motor skill development; strength and conditioning principles; common dance injuries and their formal nomenclature; common myths about injury and training; adolescent dancer health; basic functional anatomy/biomechanics and nutrition; and teacher self-care. Upon analyzing the course material, participants will design an action plan for their students and receive feedback from Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (HCDI) clinicians. At the end of this course, students will demonstrate knowledge of what factors constitute overall health and how they can use this knowledge to develop and deepen their own teaching practices, regardless of educational setting. It is strongly encouraged but not required that prior to engaging in this course, that participants have previously taken NDEO’s OPDI-110 Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice or another anatomy/kinesiology course. Required Materials: Lectures from HCDI’s DanceMedU online learning platform. These will be ordered during the course. Price is c. $20. 3 NDEO CEUs. Professors: Marijeanne Liederbach with Joshua Honrado, Kristen Stevens, and William Zinser. Tuition: $520. 


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OPDI-122: Celebrating Voices of Contemporary Choreographers: Applications to Teaching, Learning, & Appreciation
OPDI-122: Celebrating Voices of Contemporary Choreographers: Applications to Teaching, Learning, & Appreciation
In this course, we look at a wide range of artistic works created by Black, Women, and indigenous choreographers and explore applications to utilize these works in our teaching, learning, and appreciation of dance. These voices address critical issues in American life and in the development of American dance. Students will examine their own practices in the classroom and in their choreography and discuss ways of expanding what they’ve learned into practice. This course will expose students to contemporary choreography and cultural material often not available to them in live performance and will help develop a student’s ability to integrate dance as a relative art into other disciplines such as literature, visual art, music, history, women’s studies, African American studies, Asian studies, Latinx studies, anthropology, sociology, and social justice. Drawing on the vast library of the Jacobs Pillow Dance Interactive, this course uses a wide array of video clips, assignment and discussion boards, and hosts two synchronous class discussions to share concepts and applications to teaching and learning situations and to the creative process. 3 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Naima Prevots. Tuition: $520. 

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OPDI-123: The Dancing Brain
OPDI-123: The Dancing Brain
This course examines the mind in action as it orchestrates skilled movement and how it understands the kinesthetic, symbolic language of dance. Brain function is approached from inside the body as embodiment of thought as experienced in the 12 modes neuro-cognition: observation, engagement, high-level thinking, emotions, memory, imagination and imagery, learning, problem-solving, communication, and creativity. Research about thought processes in learning and performing dance encompasses a vision of dance as creative art, communication, education, and life. Theoretical knowledge is experienced in movement throughout the course. Kinesthetic understanding about how the brain functions while dancers create, perform, or teach dance helps to provides broader comprehension about how audiences perceive movement, how choreographers development ideas, and how students learn dance. EVERYONE who wants to know why we love dance should take the course. Book Required: Thinking with the Dancing Brain, co-authored by Rima Faber and Sandra Cerny Minton. Book Required: Thinking with the Dancing Brain, co-authored by Rima Faber and Sandra Cerny Minton. 3 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Dr. Rima Faber. Tuition: $520. 


Mini Courses: 4-8 Weeks Long



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OPDI-111a: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations (Part 1)
OPDI-111a: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations (Part 1)
This course is a pre-requisite for OPDI-111b In Part 1 of this course the student will explore the terminology and descriptions used in the study of dance history along with the functions that dance plays in our lives such as social, theatrical, political, religious, etc. The course will then move on to a review of Classical dance forms (e.g. ballet, Bharata Natya, etc.) and Blended dance forms (e.g. tap). 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Patricia Cohen. Tuition: $295.

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OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories (4 weeks)
OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories (4 weeks)

This Mini Course explores some of the educational theories that dance educators apply in the classroom and studio. A working knowledge of this material allows students to develop a tool kit of teaching approaches, which serves the educational needs of the students in their studios and classrooms. Each theory is accompanied with specific applications, usable in all teaching environments. In succession, this course will explore the work of Muska Mosston's Spectrum of Teaching Styles, Bloom's Taxonomy, Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick's Habits of Mind, and Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. 1 NDEO CEU. Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols. Tuition: $200.


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OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance (4 weeks)
OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance (4 weeks)
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. 1 NDEO CEU. Professor: Patricia Cohen. Tuition: $200.

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OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (6 weeks)
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (6 weeks)

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.1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Pat Taylor. 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.