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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 upcoming semesters, click here.


Summer 2019Courses open for enrollment!
For course descriptions, Click here or scroll down.

12-week Courses:
OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy for All Dance Environments (5/20-8/11)
OPDI-115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process (5/20-8/11)

4 and 6-week Mini Courses:

OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (5/20-6/30)
OPDI-M14: Music Theory Fundamentals for the Dance Teacher (5/20-6/30)
OPDI-M3: Rubrics and Portfolio Assessments in Dance (6/10-7/7)
OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance (6/10-7/7)
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition (6/10-7/21)
OPDI-M18: Intro to Choreography in Dance Education: A Process to Teach Your Students How to Create Dances (6/10–7/21)
OPDI-M17: Musical Applications for the Dance Teacher (7/1–8/11)

Spring 2019Courses in process
For course descriptions, click here.

12-week Courses:
OPDI-103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance (1/21-4/14)
OPDI-106: Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953 (1/21-4/14)
OPDI-101: Introduction to the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA) (2/4-4/28)
OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention (2/4-4/28)
OPDI-112: Implementing the New National Core Arts Standards in Dance (2/18-5/12)

4 and 6-week Mini Courses:

OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories (2/4-3/3)
OPDI-M5: Writing Successful Dance Funding Proposals (2/4-3/17)
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (2/18-3/31)

Test-Prep Course:
OPDI-M16: Intro to the DELTA - Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment (2/18-4/14)
More info, click here.

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. 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: Thursday before course start date.

Summer 2019 Course Descriptions & Information

12 Week Courses


 
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OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy for All Dance Environments
OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy for All Dance Environments
Professor: Dr. Doug Risner; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks
 
This course provides a survey of educational foundations in dance pedagogy with particular emphasis on social and cultural aspects of pedagogical theory in multiple settings (K-12, private studio, higher education, and dance in community). Study includes the historical context of education and dance education, education theory, the art and science of teaching, the sociology of school organization and culture, and the ethical dimensions of teaching. Applied experiences include field observations in diverse dance teaching environments and social immersion projects. Consider taking this course if you are interested in 1) expanding the development of a personal pedagogy and philosophy of teaching appropriate for your dance education setting, and 2) developing theoretical and applied understandings of critical pedagogical concerns in dance education including teaching and learning theory, social and cultural issues in education, cultural diversity, and reflective practice. This course is appropriate for any dance educator, whether new to the field or a seasoned veteran, who is interested in answering the question: “What does it mean to be responsible for someone else’s learning?”

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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 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.


Mini Courses: 4-6 Weeks Long

 
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OPDI-M3: Rubrics and Portfolio Assessments in Dance
OPDI-M3: Rubrics and Portfolio Assessments in Dance
Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols; Tuition $190; 1 NDEO-Endorsed CEU; 4 weeks

This Mini Course is the process of gathering evidence that may be used to effectively measure student learning. Assessments may be used in any dance education environment: private school of dance, conservatory, recreation center, preK-12, or post-secondary education. We can both monitor students’ progress during the learning process (formative assessment) and at the end of a period of time (summative assessment), perhaps a semester, a season, or a year. This 4-week course will give participants a basic understanding of assessment as it pertains to dance education and understand how to use rubrics and portfolios as tools for assessments.

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OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance
OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance
Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $190; 1 NDEO-Endorsed CEU; 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.

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OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition
Professor:  Lori Provost; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

This course examines the diverse and multilateral Western training systems of the French, English, Russian, Italian, Danish, and American schools. By examining historical approaches, students will compose their own syllabus for classroom training. Due to its emphasis on ballet technique and teacher performance, the course relies heavily on visual learning (viewing videos), video recording of classroom teaching, and video conference feedback. This course is beneficial for university students, dancers who are making the transition from a performance career to a ballet-teaching career, and current teachers who want to brush up on theory with online flexibility. It is recommended that students have at the minimum, an introductory knowledge of ballet terminology and technique. It is recommended that students enrolled in this course are currently teaching a ballet class or have instructional access to a group of students, in order to apply assignments that require student demonstrations. If you do not have access to students during this course, please inform the instruction immediately for alternate assignment. Book required: Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by G. Grant. (2014) New York, NY: Dover Publications. 

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OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice
Professor: Lindsay Guarino; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 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). Gainseville, FL: University Press of Florida.

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OPDI-M14: Music Theory Fundamentals for the Dance Teacher
OPDI-M14: Music Theory Fundamentals for the Dance Teacher
Professor: William Patterson; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO Endorsed CEU; 6 weeks

Understanding music is an essential tool for a successful dance teacher. In a classroom setting, it is beneficial to be able to articulate to your students where rhythmic patterns lie, and where specific accents of movements occur.  This course will raise awareness of the relationship between music and dance, covering the concepts of Beat, Pulse, Meter, Tempo, Dynamics, Articulation, and Phrasing. Although the course has a heavy emphasis on piano and ballet, the concepts learned can be translated to other instruments and genres of dance. The student will be given an opportunity to explore and apply to dance the concepts learned and write a short musical score to demonstrate overall comprehension. With further knowledge of the partnership between music and dance, each teacher should find additional comfort in working with live musicians and pick up musical cues more quickly. The course concludes with the student videotaping themselves teaching a ballet, jazz, or modern class while demonstrating and vocalizing the music concepts learned in the course. No textbook required.

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OPDI-M17: Musical Applications for the Dance Teacher
OPDI-M17: Musical Applications for the Dance Teacher
Professor: Jon Anderson; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

In this course students will apply concepts learned in OPDI-M14: Music Theory Fundamentals for the Dance Teacher in a variety of applications and examine the symbiotic relationships that exist between music and dance finding meaningful ways to express those relationships in their teaching. Based on newly acquired musical knowledge and aided with a cadre of tools, students identify musical resources that support teaching and choreography needs. Participants will learn how to make good music choices reflecting choreographic intent, build personal music libraries, and how to effectively communicate with live musicians in class and performance. In practicums, participants deconstruct a musical score and build a choreographic study derived from the musical structure; and each student works collaboratively with the instructor in a composer/choreographer project with the instructor composing music for each student based on the student’s articulated choreographic intent. By the end of this course, students have a very organic understanding of their relationship with music. No textbook required.  Pre-requisite: OPDI-M14: Music Theory Fundamentals for the Dance Teacher or previous experience with basic music theory.

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OPDI-M18: Intro. to Choreography in Dance Education: A Process to Teach Your Students How to Create Dances
OPDI-M18: Intro. to Choreography in Dance Education: A Process to Teach Your Students How to Create Dances
Professor:  Marty Sprague; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

This course offers participants experience with a system that can be used to teach basic elements and principles of choreography and explores how to encourage self-expression through dance making. Many dancers have not formally studied the art of choreography. Perhaps someone is experienced in making dances but now wants support learning how to teach others. How does the studio teacher, or performing arts center instructor, teach the choreographic process to young performers? How does the education director of a dance company structure dance-making activities within school residencies? How does one teach pre- and in-service teachers, or instructors in community recreational programs, how to teach this process to students with little or no dance experience?  In this course, participants will walk through, or model, a process that they can use to teach students how to create their own choreography.  The course text is actually a student textbook and so it will be a small “leap” from course participation to application of this methodology in one’s teaching practice. Peer discussions, journal reflections and reflective essays will help in this application. Book Required: Experiencing Dance: from Student to Dance Artist by Helene Scheff, Marty Sprague, and Susan McGreevy-Nichols. (2nd Edition). Can be ordered from Human Kinetics. Hardcover or e-book available, both with online materials – be sure to request access to the online materials.


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 or 8-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 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 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. 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.