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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.

Summer 2018Enrollment now open!
For course descriptions, click here. or scroll down.

12-week Courses:
OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention (5/21-8/12)
OPDI-102: Dance History - 1800 to Present (6/4-8/26)
OPDI-115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process (6/4-8/26)
OPDI-201: Portfolio Development Using the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (Independent Study)


4 and 6-week Mini Courses:
OPDI-M13: Modern dance Theory and Composition (5/21-7/1)
OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance (6/18-7/15)
OPDI-M14: Music Fundamentals for the Dance Teacher (6/18-7/29)

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 and Tuition Payment Deadline: Thursday before course start date.

Summer 2018 Course Descriptions & Information

 

12 Week Courses


 
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OPDI-102: Dance History - 1800 to Present
OPDI-102: Dance History - 1800 to Present
Professor: Dr. Doug Risner; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks
 
This course investigates the ways in which dance in Western Europe developed through various cultural influences from the romantic ballet scenario in the nineteenth century to American artistic compositions of the twenty-first century in the present day. It is intended to expand students’ understanding of dance as both an art form and as a social and cultural artifact. Study includes concert dance forms (ballet, modern, jazz/musical theatre) and numerous social and ballroom dances from 1800 to present. Particular attention focuses on developing students’ ability to become highly-qualified dance educators and to assist them in developing their own students as informed and literate audience members for dance and related dance arts performances. Book required: History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach (1st edition) by G. Kassing. Available on Amazon.

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OPDI 115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process
OPDI 115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process
Professor: Marty Sprague; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks
 
Dance Integration is an exploration of arts integration 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 from the NDEO Online Store.

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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
Professors: Marijeanne Liederbach with Joshua Honrado, Kristen Stevens, and William Zinser; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks
 
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 ($75). These will be ordered during the 5th week of the course.

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OPDI-201: Portfolio Development using the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA)
OPDI-201: Portfolio Development using the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA)
Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-endorsed CEUs; Prerequisites: Successful completion of the introductory course (OPDI-101: Intro to PTSDA)
 
In this 201 course, participants will learn the essentials of developing a professional portfolio, culminating in an organized, useful compilation of one's accomplishments, skills and pedagogical expertise. Each course module substantively references the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts, providing solid evidence of one's deep understanding of the Standards manifested in statements of teaching philosophy, lesson plans and assessments for varied populations, videos of teaching moments, documented collaborations with colleagues, and one's place in the community as an advocate for dance in arts education. During the course, participants will both watch and create teaching videos, read relevant articles, research funding possibilities, etc. Professional portfolios complement one's resume/vita, providing powerful documentation of one's accomplishments and skills. Portfolios are used with increasing frequency as assessment for teacher evaluation and job promotion. If interested and you have not taken OPDI-101 then please send your email to opdi@ndeo.org asking for permission to take this course. You may be required to answer a series of questions (Test-Out) to confirm your knowledge of the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts. For more information go to www.ndeo.org/ptsdatestout. There is an additional $100 charge for Test-Out option.

Mini Courses: 4-6 Weeks Long

 
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OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance
OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance
Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $190; 1 CEU; 4 week Mini Course

This Mini Course explores the universal language used to describe movement, and dance in particular. This language, or elements of movement, is applicable to all dance styles, genres and techniques. Through movement and online discussions, students will examine how the body moves in space, in time, and with energy (dynamics). A working knowledge of this material allows the student to identify and describe movement with specificity and clarity which can be useful in creating dances, documenting choreography and ensuring accurate interpretation of specific styles and techniques. In addition, this knowledge can improve students’ ability to analyze, interpret and respond to dance choreography and performance.

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OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition
OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition
Professor: Marty Sprague; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 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 Book: 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.

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OPDI-M14: Music Fundamentals for the Dance
OPDI-M14: Music Fundamentals for the Dance
Professor: Suzanne Knosp; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEU; 6 weeks

The goal of this course is to enhance dance teachers’ understanding of music and its relationship to dance. In so doing, the course explores rhythmic, expressive, structural, notational, and collaborative relationships between music and dance. In addition, dance teachers develop a strong vocabulary to communicate artistic requirements in dance through music and learn how to recognize and articulate each musical choice for a specific dance exercise. No text book required.

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 $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. Courses with College Credit


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 refunds. 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 refunds. 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.