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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 2020To see course descriptions, please scroll down.

12-week Courses:
OPDI-111ab: Dance History: Global, Cultural, and Historical Considerations (9/14-12/6) Sold Out
OPDI-115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process (9/14-12/6)
OPDI-107: Creative Dance in Early Childhood (9/28-12/20)
OPDI-117: Developing Strategic Leadership in Dance and Life (9/28-12/20)


4 and 6-week Mini Courses:

OPDI-111a: Dance History: Global, Cultural, and Historical Considerations (9/14-10/25)
OPDI-M20: Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Dance Curriculum (9/14-10/25) Sold Out
OPDI-M21: Building an Online Dance Course: Process and Product (9/14-10/25)
OPDI-M3: Rubric and Portfolio Assessments in Dance (9/28-10/25)


Send an email to opdi@ndeo.org to join our waiting list for sold out courses.


How to Enroll in Courses


NDEO Members: 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. You must have a current NDEO membership in order to take OPDI courses. 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: Two Wednesdays before course start date.
  • Wednesday 9/2/20 for courses starting 9/14/20
  • Wednesday 9/23/20 for courses starting 9/28/20
Fees: OPDI Tuition & Membership Policy

Fall 2020 Course Descriptions & Information

12 Week Courses



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

This course provides an in-depth study of the NDEO Standards for Dance in Early Childhood and gives participants an understanding of developmentally appropriate pedagogy for children ages birth to 5 years. Students will be immersed in the study of the concepts and content of creative dance/movement, cognitive and child development, standards/assessment, pedagogy and best practices. Through readings, research, interactive activities and assignments, students will gain an understanding of how to develop and implement a creative dance curriculum. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding in an actual classroom.

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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 $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of N. 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. 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-115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process
OPDI-115: Dance Integration: Re-envisioning the Creative Process
Professor: Marty Sprague: Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of N. Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 245) for additional $495

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 at www.ndeo.org.

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OPDI-117: Developing Strategic Leadership in Dance and Life
OPDI-117: Developing Strategic Leadership in Dance and Life
Professor: Dr. Jane Bonbright; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks

This course looks at leadership as a complex process that has multiple dimensions. We begin with questioning: What is the role of ethics, integrity, and character in the leadership process? Is leadership more dependent on innate traits, skills and characteristics, or is it more learned behavior and strategy? This course focuses on the latter – learned behavior that requires one formulate and execute strategy. In narrowing our focus to lead with strategic thinking, we examine four ways effective leaders gain insight, drive change, and get results. In this journey, we draw on aspects of cognitive psychology, systems thinking, and game theory to inform strategy – a truly fascinating concept. When we integrate formulating strategy with executing strategy and apply intent to those functions, leadership types emerge – visionary, directive, incubating, and collaborate. We examine these in detail looking at core and applied competencies associated with strategic leadership. Case studies allow us to deconstruct and reconstruct concepts learned; ultimately understanding how formulating and implementing strategic thinking is critical to effective and successful leadership. In each module, students apply course content to personal and professional situations through doing many self-reflective inventories to provide base-line information about their own innate or acquired abilities; and building a Learning Opportunity case study applying lesson learned. Indeed the course provides the dance educator and administrator with important and practical ways to develop critical skills sets, develop actionable approaches to solving problems, and capitalize on innate strengths. Book required: Olson, Aaron K. & Simerson, B. Keith. (2015). Leading with Strategic Thinking: For Ways Effective Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change, and Get Results. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
 

Mini Courses: 4-6 Weeks Long



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OPDI-M3: Rubric and Portfolio Assessments in Dance
OPDI-M3: Rubric and Portfolio Assessments in Dance
Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols; Tuition $200; 1 NDEO-endorsed CEU; 4 weeks

This 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 1 unit 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-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).

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OPDI-M20: Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Dance
OPDI-M20: Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Dance
Professor: Margot Toppen; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

With an emerging evidence base connecting dance to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) outcomes, it’s important for dance teachers to understand and be able to articulate this connection. Additionally, any kind of dance teacher can strengthen their pedagogy and student outcomes with a more intentional and explicit focus on SEL. This course provides strategies for aligning dance curriculum to CASEL’s “Framework for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning.” CASEL stands for the Collaborative For Academic, Social, And Emotional Learning. Participants will learn about the CASEL framework and the research showing the strong connection between dance and SEL. The five broad SEL competency areas: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making. The course will wrap up with participants mapping out an action plan for how they can integrate explicit and intentional SEL approaches into their teaching.

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OPDI-M21: Building an Online Dance Course: Process and Product
OPDI-M21: Building an Online Dance Course: Process and Product
Professor: Robin Kish and Beth Megill; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

The COVID-19 and social distancing have illuminated the need for all dance educators to develop the skills needed to not only teach online but also know how to develop a comprehensive online course. This is a course that takes the dance professional (OPDI student) through the process of the planning, designing, and implementing an online course. The course provides information regarding commonly used online Learning Management Systems (LMS), how to build a course outline, understand the basic structure for planning modules, identify resources, and design assignments, student work, and assessments. The same principles apply whether you are teaching dance technique or the academic side of dance. Participants should have an idea for a course outline that they would like to design by the end of this course.

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. 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. 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.