Common FAQs

All Users

Did the site change?

The Remote Teaching website is changing to make room for a new participation documentation system and more personalized opportunities for paying users.

The registration form asks me for a code. Where can I find it?

Be sure to complete the survey linked in the registration form to receive the registration code.

How can I sign in if I’ve lost my password?

Visit the Sign In page and click the “Forgot Password” link to receive an email with instructions about resetting your password.

Some content in the modules appears to be missing. Is something wrong?

The resources we have curated contain links and embedded media from a variety of sources. Disable any ad blocker software in your browser and add “remoteteaching.bsu.edu” to your list of trusted websites.

Some of the sites and media may be blocked by school content blocking systems. Speak with your organization’s IT support if you continue experiencing issues.

Paid Users

My account has been upgraded, what does that mean for me?

With an upgraded account, you have unlocked access to the badges and personalized feedback from Ball State employees. To earn your PGPs, you will need to submit the assignments that you completed in the Discover & Share portion of each module that you complete

How is my payment processed when I register for an account?

All payments will be processed through CashNet, a secure payment gateway where individuals can make payments using a credit or debit card.

How do I get feedback on my work?

You will receive feedback including scores and comments on your work after submitting materials on the submission portal.

How long will it take to receive feedback? 

Feedback response time will vary depending on what kind of work is being submitted and the number of active members’ work needing evaluated. All feedback will be given as soon as possible.

What am I awarded after I complete each module?

You will receive completion badges through a digital credential system. When you complete each module, follow the link at the bottom of the page for more information about earning your digital badge.

Free Users

How do I upgrade my account? 

Upgrade your account here with a one time payment of $225. With an upgraded account, you’ll be able to earn PGPs for your hard work!

Who qualifies for a free account?

To qualify for a free account, you need to be an in-service teacher working in the state of Indiana.

General Questions

When does the series start and finish?

Each series has limited space available. Teachers will expand their professional network and share their designs with each other, as well as submit their products to an evaluator for assessment and feedback.

What happens after enrollment?

Teachers will get immediate access to all modules. They can immediately begin their online professional learning.

For how long do teachers have access to the course?

After enrolling, teachers will have unlimited access to the modules for as long as desired.

Is this series designed by an educator?

This online professional learning series content was designed by Dr. Kate Shively and Dr. Kirsten Robbins, both with a combined 20+ years of K-16 teaching experience and Ph.D.s. In addition, more than twenty educators in various fields informed the design of the content and delivery of these modules.
 
Participants will interact with trained evaluators via emails, videos, and materials curated and designed by each of them. All materials have been vetted by practicing educators with a doctorate in education and more than 10+ years of teaching experience.

Can I get Professional Growth Points for this course?

At the completion of each module (paid version), we issue a badge and a certificate of completion that describes the details of your work, as well as the explanation of each badge earned. The certificates indicate the number of hours and points for each module. You will need to submit the certificate to your district for approval. We cannot guarantee these points will be accepted due to the variety of different policies across districts.

Do you offer multi-user discounts?

YES. Bulk enrollments can be purchased in batches of 20 at discounted rates. A single person places the order for the group, and then a coupon code will be created and shared for the entire group. Teachers registered for the series can then use this code to enroll. Their name will be associated with the code.

I am a teacher educator. Can this course help me teach my students?

The Online Professional Learning Series is one way to prepare teacher educators to also teach pre-service candidates. This series can help teacher educators learn what strategies and tools to model when designing their online learning environments for their online teacher practica. Ask your department chair for professional learning funds to pay for your enrollment. We will honor group discounts similar to the K-12 discounts described earlier. In addition, you may have your preservice teachers enroll in the series as a part of the requirements for your course.
 
To use this as part of your course and require teacher candidate enrollment, please contact Kate Shively, remoteteaching@bsu.edu.

I am a preservice teacher. Can I enroll in this course on my own?

YES. Preservice teachers can enroll in this course. Just fill out the information and indicate that you are a preservice teacher in the enrollment section of the website.

Do you accept purchase orders?

YES! We can also invoice schools/districts.

What if enrollees don’t meet the deadlines or finish the modules before the end of the eight weeks?

Please contact us so we can make alternative arrangements (remoteteaching@bsu.edu).

How are badges used to demonstrate my expertise? 

Badges are visual representations of achievements or skill acquisition at a more micro level than a college course or degree. Badges are also considered micro-credentials because they are embedded with digital information as evidence of the earners’ achievement and established qualifications. 
 
Universities are beginning to acknowledge badges as evidence for admissions as well as for partial credits for their programs. Badges are often included on resumés, online portfolios, and social media sites, such as LinkedIN to illustrate a candidate’s expertise in their field. For more information about badges for professional growth, as well as an instructional strategy in the classroom, see this article, “The Power of Digital Badges”

What are the benefits for earning a badge? 

This series was co-designed by educators currently teaching in the field, which offers practical and applicable practices and processes that can be put to use immediately upon learning them. Furthermore, these micro-credentials are issued by a highly-regarded university. They will be recognized across the nation, due to our history and reputation as a leader in teacher education. Benefits include: 1) this series’ badge has added value because the issuer is Ball State University; 2) the series includes a way for employers to validate specific skills learned; 3) the learning outcomes from this series are immediately applicable and relevant to current needs of teachers across grade levels; 4) this series situates teachers in a cohort, presenting an opportunity to expand their professional network.

Previous Participants in the Teaching Remotely Summer Learning Series

If you completed all or part of the modules in the Teaching Remotely Summer Learning Series, you may submit the same artifacts and earn badges for your work. Begin the process by submitting your registration and payment for the new micro-credentials. Then, as you move through the modules, submit the artifacts you already completed. Your artifacts will be assessed with the rubrics from each module, and a faculty member will give you feedback. When your artifacts meet the criteria in the rubrics, the faculty member will issue your badge. You may also qualify for the $50 gift card and the $1000 scholarship.

Licensing Questions

Although the micro-credentials in the OPLS are not for college credit, these badges can lead to PGPs that you can use to renew your teaching license. If you would like to upskill in a for-credit option, check out our new Add-on license or graduate certificate in Virtual and Distance Education Teaching. By completing three courses, you can add this to your initial teaching license.

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