Anywhere, Anytime Learning

Online Courses

The Learning Technology Center offers a variety of online and blended courses to help Illinois educators keep their skills sharp. Our courses focus on educational technology tools, trends, and best practices in flexible formats that can fit into any educator’s busy schedule.

Most online courses are self-paced, allowing you to complete the coursework all in one sitting or a bit at a time and pacing that works best for you. Some coursework may be offered in a facilitated format that can be supported with virtual or in-person interaction. Explore each course below for specific details.

Course Audience

Gmail Basics

.5 PD Hours
Free

Want to get started with Gmail or refresh your Gmail skills? This course will take you on a journey from setting up your Gmail account to customizing the app to optimize your daily workflows.

Google Calendar Basics

.5 PD Hours
Free

In this course, educators will learn to use Google Calendar to enhance their daily classroom routines, from scheduling meetings with colleagues to ensuring important project due dates never slip by unnoticed.

Google Classroom Basics

.75 PD Hours
Free

In this course, educators will learn how to connect with students, organize and deliver digital coursework, and make the most of digital learning opportunities using Google Classroom.

Google Docs Basics

.75 PD Hours
Free

Interested in bringing out Docs’ full potential? This course will take you step-by-step through Docs basic features, as well as demonstrate how Docs can be used to foster collaboration via its integrations with other essential

Google Drawings Basics

.5 PD Hours
Free

Discover Google Drawings’ versatility and user-friendliness in this online course, where you’ll walk you step-by-step through the basic skills needed to utilize this graphic design app in an educational setting.

Google Drive Basics

.75 PD Hours
Free

In this course, educators will learn to use Google Drive to store, organize, and share your files with others, as well as about how Drive integrates with other Google apps and can be used to

Google Forms Basics

.75 PD Hours
Free

Survey says…you can learn to use Google Forms in no time! This course will walk you through the basics, including how to set up, customize, and share your surveys, as well as how to use

Google Jamboard Basics

.5 PD Hours
Free

In this course, educators will learn to use Google Jamboard to enhance collaborative thinking and creative expression in their classroom, including basic features and integration strategies.

Google Meet Basics

.5 PD Hours
Free

In this course, educators will learn to use Google Meet to enhance their hybrid learning environment, from creating and joining virtual calls to utilizing all of Meet’s core features (including easy-to-use integration with Google Classroom).

Google Sheets Basics

.75 PD Hours
Free

In this course, educators will learn the basics of using Google Sheets in an educational setting, including how to use it to analyze data and communicate student performance to key stakeholders.

Google Sites Basics

1 PD Hour
Free

In this course, educators will learn how Google Sites can be utilized in an educational setting, as well as create their own website using the platform and learn strategies for maintaining it for many semesters

Google Slides Basics

.5 PD Hours
Free

In this course, educators will learn to use Google Slides to accomplish a variety of education-focused goals, as well as to creative and visually appealing content that goes beyond a simple slideshow.

ISTE U | Accessibility for All: Designing Materials for Any Learner

2 PD Hours
$25

This ISTE-led course will teach educators how to curate, create, and implement diverse and varied types of instructional materials, helping them more effectively foster an inclusive learning environment that works for all students.

ISTE U | Artificial Intelligence Explorations and Their Practical Use in Schools

15 PD Hours
$186

In this ISTE-led course, educators learn to identify the various types of artificial intelligence, hear about AI technologies on the horizon, and build some of their own tools to make AI concrete and accessible for

ISTE U | Designing for Inclusion

2 PD Hours
$25

In this ISTE-led course, educators explore how to use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and inclusive practices to proactively design welcoming learning spaces for all learners.

ISTE U | Introduction to Computational Thinking for Every Educator

15 PD Hours
Free

This ISTE-led course unpacks how computational thinking can be integrated throughout subject areas and grade levels. Participants will increase their CT awareness, experiment with CT-integrated activities in their subject area, and create a plan to

ISTE U | Supporting Student Well-Being

2 PD Hours
$25

Through this ISTE-led course focused on social emotional learning (SEL), educators will discover strategies for supporting student well-being through the use of meaningful connections and impactful technology integrations.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does a typical online or blended course look like?

A. The typical course structure can vary depending on the course an educator selects. Shorter, courses are meant to be self-paced. Courses with more professional development credits may be synchronous or asynchronous and can require participants to participate more frequently.

2. Can I register for a course after the start date?

A. This depends on the course you choose. Self-paced courses will usually allow you to join at any time while the course is active. Please click on the course badge above to view the dates when each course is active.

If you select a facilitated course, you will not be allowed to register after the start of the course. Registration will close a couple of days prior to the start of the online course, so be sure to register ahead of time. Registration close date information is available on the registration page for each online course. Check back often as new opportunities may be posted frequently throughout the year.

3. Will the same online courses be offered again later?

A. Yes, though this will depend on the demand for the course. The timeline for the repeating of the courses may vary depending on delivery method, length, facilitator availability, and/or demand.

4. Are there certain times I have to attend during the online course?

A. Check the course information before registering. Shorter courses are usually self-paced. Longer courses may be synchronous or asynchronous. If you have questions, please check with the LTC Online Learning Coordinator, Matt Jacobson (mjacobson@ltcillinois.org).

5. How do I get my Illinois PD Credit?

A. Self-paced courses will require brief forced-choice, machine-graded quizzes to check for understanding. Upon successful completion of a self-paced course, an online form will unlock allowing you to request an online evaluation form via email. After completing and submitting that evaluation form, you’ll receive your PD Credit Evidence of Completion Form via email.

6. Where is my evaluation form?

A. First, check your Spam or Junk Mail to see if the message was filtered out. You may wish to add “events@ltcillinois.org” to your Contacts or Trusted Senders list. If you are using a school email account, you may wish to request that “events@ltcillinois.org” be “whitelisted.”

If you have tried both of the solutions above and feel that you still have not received your evaluation form, please email Brian Bates at bbates@ltcillinois.org or the course facilitator for assistance.

7. Why haven’t I received my PD Credit yet?

A. First, the Illinois State Board of Education requires that a completed evaluation form be received before we can provide PD Credit Evidence of Completion. If you have submitted a completed evaluation, it can take up to two (2) business days for that PD Credit Form to arrive in your email.

As mentioned above, sometimes these can end up in your Spam or Junk mail. You may wish to add “events@ltcillinois.org” to your Contacts or Trusted Senders list. If you are using a school email account, you may wish to request that “events@ltcillinois.org” be “whitelisted.”

If you have tried both of the solutions above and feel that you still have not received your evaluation form, please email Brian Bates at bbates@ltcillinois.org or the course facilitator for assistance.

8. What time commitment is required for an online course?

A. The time to complete a course will vary based on the individual course. The number of Professional Development Hours (PD Hours) are listed for each course. You can expect to spend approximately that amount of time on the course.

9. Can I participate in an online course if I do not hold an Illinois Professional Educator’s License (PEL)?

A. The Learning Technology Center of Illinois is an Approved Provider of Professional Development (https://www.isbe.net/Documents/prof-dev-provider-list.pdf) for Illinois educators beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. (RCDTS Code: Pending) Pre-service teachers and out-of-state educators are welcome to join our online courses if desired. Check your specific state or institution requirements regarding professional learning credit for our learning experiences.

10. Can I earn graduate credit for LTC courses?

A. Graduate credit for LTC online courses is not available at this time. 

11. How can I get help registering for an online course?

A. If you are having problems with registration, please email Matt Jacobson at mjacobson@ltcillinois.org.

12. How do I login to start my course in Canvas?

A. Start by visiting https://canvas.ltcillinois.org/login/canvas?newlogin=true

Enter the same email address you used when registering for the course(s) and click the “Request Password” button. You will receive an email with a request to update your password and then be prompted to log in. This can sometimes take up to an hour or more – it may not be immediate.

Most courses will not allow users to log in prior to their start date.

13. I requested a new password but still haven’t received an email to reset it. What do I do?

A. Sometimes password reset requests can end up in your Spam or Junk mail. You may wish to add “events@ltcillinois.org” and “notifications@instructure.com” to your Contacts or Trusted Senders list. If you are using a school email account, you may wish to request that “events@ltcillinois.org” and “notifications@instructure.com” be “whitelisted” in your school’s email domain.

If you have tried both of the solutions above and feel that you still have not received your evaluation form, please email Matt Jacobson at mjacobson@ltcillinois.org or the course facilitator for assistance.

14. How do I create a Canvas account for an LTC online course?

A. After you register, an LTC Canvas account will be created for you. You should receive an invitation to create your own password within 24 hours.

15. Can I use a Canvas account that I already have?

A. A free or school-related Canvas account won’t work for our online courses. We’ll need to create a separate account just for the LTC’s Canvas installation.

16. My course isn’t showing up on my phone or tablet’s Canvas app. What should I do?

A. First, please make sure you are using the Canvas Student app and not the Canvas Teacher app on your mobile device. Next, please make sure that you are logged out of your work or school account and log in to the Canvas Student mobile app with your LTC Canvas account.

If you are still having trouble, try logging into LTC’s Canvas instance through a browser at https://canvas.ltcillinois.org. Canvas tends to work best in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

Due to the wide variability in mobile devices, the LTC generally does not provide support for tablets or smartphones. If you must use a mobile device for an LTC online course, please see the Canvas Mobile Users Guide for your specific device at https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Mobile-Users/gh-p/mobile

17. Is there a specific date by which I have to complete the coursework?

A. Each online course has a specific start date and end date. Please be sure to check the end date for your particular course and make sure all work is submitted within Canvas by that date.

18. What if I don’t complete the course?

A. We understand that life gets busy and sometimes there are obstacles that can’t be overcome. To receive professional development credit you must complete the requirements listed in each course. Partial credit will not be given. Do not hesitate to contact the course facilitator if you fall behind and need assistance.

19. Are office hours available for online courses?

A. Office hours in the traditional sense will not be available for the LTC online courses. Instructor contact information will be listed on the “About Your Facilitator” page of every online course. Please reach out to Matt Jacobson (mjacobson@ltcillinois.org) via email with specific questions.

20. Can I contact my instructor directly if I have questions?

A. Yes! If you have questions regarding a course, or specific assignments, please reach out to your individual instructor for clarification. See the “About Your Facilitator” page of each course, or contact the LTC for support at https://ltcillinois.org/connect/.

21. Will future courses be offered?

A. Yes! The LTC is hard at work identifying timely topics and developing content for new online and blended courses. 

22. Who can help me with questions that aren’t listed above?

A. Please reach out to Matt Jacobson (mjacobson@ltcillinois.org) via email with specific questions.