Preview of ArtSpace Free Webinar Feb. 24 on ArtSpace: Instructional Design Strategies for Custom Learning Tools
posted 2/2/16

How can custom learning tools be used effectively in instructional design for online learning?

Join us on February 24, 2016 from 3 - 4 p.m. Eastern Time (Add this event to your calendarfor a collaborative webinar led by ETLO Director, Kirsten Peterson and Anne Kraybill, Director of Education and Research at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as they share instructional design strategies for creating online courses that use custom learning tools. (Please note: this webinar was previously scheduled for January 19, 2016).

Kirsten and Anne will discuss the process of creating of ArtSpace, a custom online portfolio tool for student and teacher use, designed by EDC in partnership with Crystal Bridges. This webinar will showcase the online course Art + Process: Creating a Body of Work, in which the ArtSpace tool plays a pivotal role, and webinar participants will be given access to a demo version of the course and additional details about how this course will be available, free of charge, for delivery in Fall of 2016.

To access ETLO's Webinar Room for the February 24th webinar:

•   Visit: at the scheduled time.

•   Type your name in the text box and select "Enter Room". 

Pre-registration is not required for this webinar and the webinar will be recorded and posted on the ETLO Webinar Series website. To review any previous webinar recordings, visit the ETLO Webinar Series website.


Free Webinar on Interactive Self-Paced Online Professional Development: March 22, 1 p.m. ET
posted 2/2/16

How can the self-paced model of online learning be used effectively for licensure renewal?

Join us on March 22 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern Time (Add to Your Calendar) for an interactive webinar led by ETLO Director, Kirsten Peterson and Moira Rodgers, Director of Professional and Online Learning at TEC. This webinar will feature the two new self-paced courses ETLO developed in partnership with TEC, Strategies to Enhance Instruction for English Language Learners in the Classroom and Engaging All Students with Differentiated Instruction.

Moira and Kirsten will explore the instructional design process of creating engaging self-paced courses and discuss the process of offering these courses as a way to fulfill licensure renewal requirements. Webinar participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their own experiences with developing or participating in self-paced professional development.

To access ETLO's Webinar Room for the March 22 webinar:

•   Visit: at the scheduled time.

•   Type your name in the text box and select "Enter Room". 

Pre-registration is not required for this webinar and the webinar will be recorded and posted on the ETLO Webinar Series website. To review any previous webinar recordings, visit the ETLO Webinar Series website.


Free Webinar Dec. 9th on Increasing Engagement in Online and Blended Learning
posted 12/1/15

Looking to provide more engaging experiences in online and blended learning environments?


Join us on December 9th from 3 - 4 PM ET for a collaborative webinar led by experienced online facilitator and course developer for ETLO, Lesley Reilly. This webinar will explore tools and techniques that can be used by course facilitators and course developers to provide learners with more effective and engaging learning experiences.


To access ETLO's Collaborate Webinar Room for the December 9th webinar:

  • Visit: at the scheduled time.
  • Type your name in the text box and select "Log In." 
  • You may be prompted to download the software required for Collaborate and you will need the most recent version of Java.

You can add this event to your calender HERE.


Pre-registration is not required for this webinar and the webinar will be recorded and posted on the ETLO Webinar Series website. To review any previous recordings, visit the ETLO Webinar Series website.


If you have suggestions for topics or speakers you would like to see in future webinars, please contact Erin Earnst at

SABES Banner ETLO Presents at Conference about Our Work in Adult Basic Education (ABE)
posted 11/20/15

Erin Earnst will be discussing ETLO’s work directing the Communication Center for the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES), the ABE professional development system of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult and Community Learning Services unit during a panel presentation at the Third Annual Conference on Implementing the College and Career Readiness Standards in the ABE and English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classroom on November 19th and 20th in Devens, Massachusetts.

ETLO developed the SABES website ( and calendar registration system ( )used statewide for professional development offerings and manages the communication needs of SABES.

Connections Academy Selects ETLO for Online Professional Development
posted 11/11/15

Georgia Connections Academy selected ETLO to provide online professional development for their online facilitators and administrators in ETLO's Advanced Online Teaching Skills and Techniques and Facilitating and Implementing Online Professional Development courses.

One of the participants, an administrator with Georgia Connections Academy, shared, "As a virtual school, we need our PD to meet our teachers where they are and this platform is an excellent way to do this! I am really excited to offer even more professional learning to our teachers, counselors, and staff through ETLO."

For enrollment information for upcoming cohorts of ETLO's award-winning training courses, please contact Lesley Reilly.

Screenshot of Newsletter What's New with ETLO?
posted 11/11/15

November 2015 marks our 16th year of collaborating with organizations with educational missions to meet their online and blended learning needs! Read our latest newsletter to learn about our latest collaborations, custom development projects and upcoming events.

CAPCSD Logo ETLO's New Partnership with CAPCSD
posted 11/11/15

ETLO is partnering with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) to create online professional development offerings for their membership. The online self-paced modules, focused on clinical education, will assist programs in promoting best practices in clinical supervision, thereby supporting quality clinical education of graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

ETLO Developing Self-Paced Online Courses with TEC
posted 11/11/15

A recent collaboration between ETLO and The Education Cooperative (TEC) in Massachusetts resulted in the development of two self-paced online courses for teachers to satisfy the minimum 15 PDPs in two different areas according to the Massachusetts License Renewal Requirements for a Professional License.


One course is focused on implementing differentiated instruction and universal design for learning (UDL) and the second course helps teachers to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to instruct English language learners (ELLs) and to understand the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) approach to teaching academic content in English to ELLs.


To see an overview of the course, you can view this Orientation Video. Use the password, “Welcome”. For course enrollment information, please contact TEC.

Screenshot from Art Appreciation and American Identity Course Bringing Arts Education to All Students
posted 10/31/15

ETLO is very proud to be part of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's mission to bring arts education to ALL students!ETLO is developing two courses for high school students in partnership with Crystal Bridges: 

  • Art Appreciation and American Identity 
  • Art+Process: Creating a Body of Work

Let us know if you or your organization is interested in offering one of these facilitated, learning-community model online courses to your students. Teacher training is available as well!Learn more about Cyrstal Bridges and our partnership in the articles below: 

How One of America’s Top Art Collectors, Alice Walton, Plans to Change the Art World | Up Close: Distance Learning & Art Museums | Museums and Online Learning: A Student’s Perspective
Distance Learning Summit ETLO and EDC Playing Key Role in Crystal Bridges Distance Learning Summit
posted 10/29/15

On November 1-3, five senior ETLO and EDC instructional designers—Kirsten Peterson, Ilene Kantrov, Kristen Bjork, Erin Earnst, and Stacie Cassat Green—will present and co-lead multi-disciplinary working sessions during the 2nd Annual Distance Learning Summit at Crystal Bridges. Hosted by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and sponsored by Windgate Charitable Foundation and Northern Trust, the focus of the Summit is "Art Museums & Educational Innovation.”

Learn more about ETLO's work with Crystal Bridges and the Distance Learning Summit.


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