You can register for seminars, one seminar at a time, if you wish. Each topic is designed to stand on its own. By completing any 6 seminars, you will earn a certificate from Ithaca College. Just remember that discounts are available when you enroll in and pay for an entire certificate in advance.
Seminars are delivered online over a three week period. There is no requirement to be in the seminar on a specific day or time. You should log on to the seminar as often as possible and should expect to spend about 12-15 hours of time per week, over the three weeks. The time will be spent on reading seminar materials, working on the seminar project, and participating in online discussions with the faculty expert and other participants.
All of the materials that you need to successfully participate in the seminars are provided by the facilitator in the Blackboard environment. You can download and save or print readings and discussion threads if you like.
Ithaca College uses two customized online environments to deliver seminars in the certificate program: Blackboard and Sakai. We have created a custom interface using features such as modules and discussion boards to provide an engaging and user friendly learning environment. Note that each seminar will only use one environment, and beginning January 2012 only the Sakai platform will be used.
Participants in Blackboard seminars will receive a username and password the day before the seminar begins. Participants in Sakai seminars will create their own username and password.
You will be able to access the seminar site for thirty days after the close of the seminar for the purpose of reviewing or printing readings and discussion threads.
You will get the most from this experience by interacting with your faculty expert and other participants as much as possible. However, one of the advantages of this format is that you are not required to be there on any particular day or time, so you will have the opportunity to participate as your schedule allows. Ideally, you'll check in every day for a short time, or every 2 or 3 days for a longer time. Whichever approach you choose, you will find value in the balance between the structure of a three-week facilitated, collaborative online learning experience, and the flexibility of being able to fit it into your schedule.
You will receive an email welcome from your faculty facilitator with expectations and instructions for entering the online seminar site. The group discussions use a discussion forum on the website. Your faculty expert will seed the discussion with a question or topic for you to address. All participants are expected to contribute and will be able to see each others responses. The faculty expert monitors the discussion and keeps it focused through expert facilitation which unfolds over several days as people come in and out.
Asynchronous communication happens anytime and doesn't rely on being together at the same time – in person or electronically. Email is a good example of asynchronous communication. Unlike email, asynchronous message boards allow an online discussion to be well-organized into threads. It is a common technique used in online learning.
Some organizations may offer their employees a tuition reimbursement program for educational expenses. If your organization has a program, make sure it covers noncredit programs or ones that offer continuing education units (CEUs). Sometimes tuition reimbursement only applies to seminars offering credit, and sometimes only credits offering letter grades or leading to a degree. Have your company contact the Office of Extended Studies at 607-274-3143 with any questions.
Ithaca College maintains all records related to your registration, participation, and completion of seminars and certificates. A Letter of Completion for each seminar is issued thirty days after the seminar's official closing date. A Certificate is also issued thirty days from the date that you complete all 6 seminars required to earn the certificate. Documentation of completion can be faxed or emailed to you by sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the great values of this format is the networking opportunities created by interacting with professional peers around the world. You might also find value in sharing this experience with colleagues both on and off site. That creates a good opportunity to blend the richness of online asynchronous learning with the comfort of interesting synchronous off-line discussions with a colleague – the power of blended learning! Ithaca College offers special pricing for organizations that wish to enroll on-site, or virtual work groups, in any of its certificate programs. Contact the Office of Extended Studies directly for more information about organizational pricing.
Once you enter the seminar site you are no longer eligible to receive a refund through withdrawing. If you choose to withdraw from a seminar prior to entering the site, you may be eligible for a partial refund. Contact the Office of Extended Studies for details.
Participants earn a professional certificate from Ithaca College upon the successful completion of 6 seminars. We expect to offer this program on an ongoing basis.
You will need to have reliable access to a computer which connects to the Internet. While it is not required, you will have a better experience if that is a high-speed connection. All content will be embedded in the seminar website. Sometimes you will need Adobe Acrobat to read PDF files. You can download a free reader from Adobe.
You will have a better experience if you access the seminar website from a high-speed Internet connection, such as a cable model or DSL, or from a high-speed network in your workplace. In some cases an organization’s firewall will restrict access. You can test this by attempting to access our seminar website. If you have problems, contact your IT department or call the Ithaca College help desk, 607-274-1000, or send an e-mail to email@example.com for assistance.