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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 see the list of projected courses for upcoming semesters, click here.   

Fall 2019Courses open for enrollment
For course descriptions, click here or scroll down.

12-week Courses:
OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research (9/9-12/1)
OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice (9/9-12/1)
OPDI-111ab: Dance History: Global, Cultural, and Historical Considerations (9/9-12/1)
OPDI-107: Creative Dance for Early Childhood (9/23-12/15)
OPDI-114: Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities (9/23-12/15)

4 and 6-week Mini Courses:

OPDI-111a: Dance History: Global, Cultural, and Historical Considerations, Part 1 (9/9-10/20)
OPDI-M10: Movement Behavior Analysis and Profiling in Dance (9/23-11/4)
OPDI-M19: Dance Stagecraft and Production (9/23-11/4) NEW!
OPDI-M15: Focus in Dance Education: NDEO National Conference (9/23-11/4)

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.
Fees: OPDI Tuition & Membership Policy

Fall 2019 Course Descriptions & Information

12 Week Courses



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OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research
OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research
Professor: Dr. Doug Risner; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 445) for additional $495

This course provides a survey of current research paradigms in dance education inquiry with particular emphasis on research process, design, methodology, and pedagogical implications for dance teaching and curriculum. In addition, an overview of empirical and exploratory research drawn from historical, philosophical, descriptive, ethnographic, case study, survey, action research, interpretive, and critical approaches is explored. Student learning outcomes include the ability to read research in informed and critical ways, analyze research findings, and formulate their own research question(s) and appropriate methodologies. This 3-unit course is appropriate for dance educators interested in developing their knowledge about research, using research to enhance teaching, seeing their studios and classrooms as research labs, and constructing their own research studies for improving student learning and teaching practices.

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OPDI-107: Creative Dance for Early Childhood
OPDI-107: Creative Dance for Early Childhood
Professor: Lynn Monson; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks

In this course participants will explore the concepts and content essential for quality teaching and learning of creative dance for early childhood. It will guide participants through the process of the beginning development of a creative dance curriculum. Using Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance concepts as a foundation, participants will investigate cognitive and child development, standards, assessment and curriculum, and pedagogy and best practices through readings, research, observation, and interactive projects. Participants will grapple with essential questions, formulate a framework, and learn the skills necessary to develop and implement a creative dance curriculum outline for children ages 3-5 or 6-8. Still trying to decide if you need or want to take this course? Consider the following: 1) If you are a new dance teacher or an already experienced dance teacher and have never taught the youngest age groups, this course will provide you foundational knowledge and skills to be successful in planning and implementing creative dance for these students. 2) If you want to better understand the sequencing and foundation of movement/dance training beginning with the youngest ages, this course will help you do that. 3) If you are a classroom teacher and wish to incorporate movement into your curriculum, this course will give you the knowledge to do that. Book Required: Brain-Compatible Dance Education by Anne Green Gilbert. Available on Amazon.

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OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice
OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice
Professor: Robin Kish; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs*; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 341) for additional $495

This course provides an introduction to the field of dance kinesiology with an emphasis on applied teaching practices. The course will provide participants with a strong foundation in anatomy and kinesiology to help maximize performance and minimize potential injuries of their students. Participants will learn how to create environments to promote healthy approaches in the training of dancers which include injury basics, developmentally safe practices, nutrition and the creation of a medical support network. The information provided in the course is based upon proven principles and methodologies gathered from current research. As an educator it is important to clearly define the anatomical potential and limitations of individual dancers in order to maximize technical training and performance. This course will provide you with the confidence that you are using safe and effective training principles to minimize injury in your students. Book required: Trail Guide to the Body (4th Edition) 2005 by Andrew Biel {spiral-bound} Boulder, collard: Books of Discovery. ISBN #9780982663400

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OPDI-111ab: Dance History: Global, Cultural, and Historical Considerations
OPDI-111ab: Dance History: Global, Cultural, and Historical Considerations
Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $295 for 111a & $225 for 111b; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs*; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 206) for additional $495 but you must register and PAY for both 111a and 111b at same time

This course provides an overview of dance history in cultural and historical context, from its earliest documentation (pre-historic times) to current practices, including the emergence of new dance forms through transmigration (e.g. Kathak to Flamenco, Clogging to Tap, Gumboot to Stepping). Global in its perspective, the course equally emphasizes Western and Non-Western dance forms. Using context as its primary lens, the course covers theatrical, folk and social forms of dance in socio-economic, religious, and political environments. The effects of culture on what and how we dance and the corresponding influence of dance on its society will also be explored. Among other dance forms, participants will explore examples of dance influenced by politics (e.g. Kurt Jooss' Green Table, and the trajectory of Cambodian court dance), economics (social dances of the Depression and Swing eras), religion (e.g. Bharata Natyam, as performed by the devadasis, and Sufi "whirling dervishes"), and myths and legends (e.g. Graham's Errand into the Maze, or variations on Apollo from Louis XIV through Czarist Russia to Balanchine.) The course is intended to serve the needs of a wide variety of students including: 1) dance students, professional dancers and educators who desire a global overview of dance history, 2) students, professional dancers and educators who are curious about the interconnections of dance and society, 3) students who need a dance history prerequisite for further study, or 4) dance educators preparing for K-12 certification content exams in certain states such as New York. Two books required: Vissicaro, P. (2004) Studying Dance Cultures around the World. Dubuque, IA. Kendall/Hunt. Dils, A. and Albright, A. (2001). Moving History/Dancing Cultures. Middletown, CT. Wesleyan University Press.

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OPDI-114: Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities
OPDI-114: Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities
Professor: Sandra Stratton-Gonzalez; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks

Dance for students with disabilities is a means for them to express and communicate feelings and ideas, collaborate with others and learn new movement possibilities. All students need opportunities to learn, create, perform and respond to dance in all its forms. Through this course educators will learn instructional strategies that successfully include students with disabilities in the P-12 dance program. The course also addresses legislation related to students with disabilities, current issues for inclusion, people first language, characteristics of different disabilities, Individual Education Plans (IEP), Assessment and Goal development, accessible learning environments, and content and teaching modifications for learning in dance education. Educators who teach in the P-12 schools, private studios, higher education, and community dance programs will find this course can assist them with the knowledge and learning experiences to provide meaningful dance education programs for students with disabilities.

Mini Courses: 4-6 Weeks Long



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OPDI-111a: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations (Part 1)
OPDI-111a: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations (Part 1)
Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $295 for Part 1; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; This course is a pre-requisite for OPDI-111b.

In Part 1 of this course the student will explore the terminology and descriptions used in the study of dance history along with the functions that dance plays in our lives such as social, theatrical, political, religious, etc. The course will then move on to a review of Classical dance forms (e.g. ballet, Bharata Natya, etc.) and Blended dance forms (e.g. tap).

Full course description above under OPDI-111ab: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations.

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OPDI-M10: Movement Behavior Analysis and Profiling in Dance
OPDI-M10: Movement Behavior Analysis and Profiling in Dance
Professor: Dr. Thomas Hagood; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

Movement Behavior Analysis and Profiling (MBA/P) teaches dance educators, artists, choreographers, scholars, historians, and researchers how to observe and analyze movement in dance training and performance. In this course students will learn how to identify and chart their own movement behavior profile as well as that of others, identify inherited and learned capacities in movement that differentiate students engaged in the same movement activities, assess the kinetic options performers have in developing their talents in expressive movement, and integrate skills in observing and recording the dancer’s characteristic use of space, time, and force. MBA/P was developed by Drs. Valerie Hunt and Sally Fitt, and is one of the two movement analysis systems used in dance.

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OPDI-M15: Focus in Dance Education: NDEO National Conference
OPDI-M15: Focus in Dance Education: NDEO National Conference
Professor: Jane Bonbright; Tuition $295 plus the cost of conference registration; 1.5 NDEO-endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) holds a national conference every year that includes over 200 conference sessions and workshops, social events, and learning opportunities. The prime benefits include the professional development and the opportunity for new and experienced dance professionals to network, bond, and share personal and professional resources. This course is designed for any professional in dance who wants to attend conference with the intent of focusing on a specific interest area within dance and receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) that will count toward the Certificate in Dance Education. Students determine a prime area of focus at the national conference and develop a research question that gives direction to their study as they attend 5-6 pre-identified sessions/workshops. They gather, synthesize information, and write concise summative evaluations on content learned within the 5 to 6 pre-identified sessions/workshops. Of course, the student can attend as many conference sessions as they like in addition to the ones evaluated for this course.

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OPDI-M19: Dance Stagecraft and Production
OPDI-M19: Dance Stagecraft and Production
Professor: Marty Sprague; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

This course introduces elementary technical theatre skills and knowledge. The content covers costumes and props, sound, lighting, scenery and sets as well as front of house and stage management. The purpose of the course is to: equip dance artists and educators with technical theater knowledge and abilities, incorporate stage production elements, and add clarity and richness to the artistic intent of their choreography. Further, information is given for the production of full concerts, recitals, and musical theater shows. The basics of sound, costumes, properties (props), lighting, sets and scenery are presented so that communications with technical designers and crews are clear and professional. Etiquette, respect, roles and responsibilities, cooperation among the departments, and order of the backstage hierarchy are presented. Some text and activities appropriate for middle or high school students will example how a teacher can incorporate stagecraft and production within a dance program. While the text, Drew Campbell’s, Technical Theater for Non-Technical People, may provide more in-depth information than some of our dance people may need, one never knows when opportunities could arise to work in full theatrical productions in state-of-the-art theaters.


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.