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Two spots left in OPDI-103 Assessments and OPDI-10...

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The following two online dance education courses from NDEO's OPDI Spring 2018 semester have only two spots left in them.  If you want to take either of these courses you need to act today to register and pay the tuition if you are already an OPDI student and if not, you need to apply to OPDI at OPDI Admissions before you can register for the course.  Deadline to register and pay is Wed. Jan. 24th or until sold out.

How to Register for a Course if you are a Current OPDI Student:
To register for an OPDI course just log into your NDEO member account at www.ndeo.organd proceed to the drop down menu under your name in the top right corner, then click on the Profile link, then on Access OPDIlink within your Profile to find all the courses that are open for enrollment. Click on the Enroll icon and proceed to register and pay for the course.

OPDI-103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance  (January 29 to April 22, 2018)

Professor: Dr. Rima Faber; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs*; 12 weeks; Optional 3 Graduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 645) for additional $450; To qualify for Graduate Credits student must have completed a Bachelor’s degree. This course is based on authentic assessment experiences that you can use in your dance classes. Some questions explored are: What is assessment? What functions do assessments serve? How are different types of assessment tools developed and used? How can assessments measure student learning and growth? This course helps teachers understand their students using formative, summative and authentic assessments. Students will use a wide variety of assessment techniques, tools, and instruments to support their learning process, build their own assessments in dance, and construct traditional educational testing instruments.  Consider the following: 1) Grants are now requiring assessment procedures that are academically sound, 2) Most dance educators have never been trained to clearly determine student achievement nor learned how to foster improvement through assessments techniques, 3) For teachers who received certification a good while ago, assessment procedures have changed greatly in the past decade, especially for dance educators, and 4) New teacher evaluation systems being considered by many states are based on proof of student learning. Two Books required: 1) Classroom Assessment : What Teachers Need to Know, 7th ed. by James Popham (2014). USA: Available on Amazon. Electronic available from Pearson, 2) How to Create and Use Rubrics by Susan M. Brookhart (2013) Alexandria, VA: Available on


OPDI-106: Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953 (January 29 to April 22, 2018)

Professor: Naima Prevots; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; Optional 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 446) for additional $450.  This course covers choreographers working in modern, ballet, hip hop, tap, and cultural forms since1953 and takes a thematic rather than chronological approach, allowing for close study of feeling, form, and historical context. Themes include: Non-narrative dance; Myth; Gender; Culturally Specific Explorations; Social and Political Commentary; Music. Do you want to better understand the values, ideas, social events, and cultural influences inspiring today’s concert dance choreographers? Do you want to integrate your work in dance with other disciplines such as literature, visual art, theatre, music, history, women’s studies, and African and Asian studies? Do you want to inspire your students with new ideas for dance projects?  Emphasis is on viewing numerous works rather than extensive readings and on finding fresh applications to a wide variety of teaching situations. Artists covered include Alwin Nikolais, Erick Hawkins, Christopher  Wheeldon, George Balanchine, Bill T. Jones, Lucinda Childs, Doug Varone, and many others. 

How to Apply for OPDI:

If you are NOT an OPDI student yet, then you need to complete the OPDI online application you can register for courses. If you are an NDEO member, please login to your NDEO member account before completing the OPDI application.If you are not an NDEO member, then the application fee is $25.

After being accepted to OPDI you will need a current NDEO membership before you can register for a course.As a reminder, all accepted OPDI students must have a current "individual" Membership in NDEO (Professional, Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student, Retiree or PhD/EdD Membership) before they can register for courses. If the institution where you are the main contact has a current NDEO Institutional Membership and you want to register for an OPDI course, please call 301-585-2880 or email ( the home office and request an OPDI Membership which is free to you as the main contact. To join NDEO go

Melissa Greenblatt
NDEO Director of Marketing