Unique online opportunity for educators
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SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Department of Natural Resources is offering educators the chance to enroll in an
online course for graduate credit. Introduction to Illinois' Natural Resources
for Teachers is being offered in conjunction with the University of Illinois at
Springfield. The class will provide an overview of Illinois' natural resources,
along with teaching strategies centered on Illinois wildlife and conservation.
"This is an exciting opportunity for
educators and a great partnership," said Joel Brunsvold, director of
the Department of Natural Resources. "The best part is that the
young people of Illinois will learn more about the great resources
our state has to offer and how to be stewards, because of what their
teachers learn in this class."
Val Keener, M.S., an educator with the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will teach the online
class. Keener has 10 years of teaching experience in elementary and
secondary classrooms. She also taught as a graduate assistant at
Eastern Illinois University, Indiana State and Oklahoma State.
"Learning works best when teachers
are able to line the textbook to the world children see daily," said
Jeff Vose, education supervisor with the Department of Natural
Resources. "This class will provide information to facilitate that
extension of knowledge."
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The class, EDL 560, will include
examination, research and practical application of information about
Illinois' natural resources. The learning goal will be to create
greater understanding of the location and composition of resources
in Illinois, how those resources are used, and how they are
conserved, as well as issues surrounding conservation and usage.
The total class cost, including
tuition and fees, is $904.50. The class is worth four hours of
credit. The only eligibility requirement is that the student must
hold a bachelor's degree. There are no textbooks required, and the
students will not have to come to campus. Apply online at
http://www.uis.edu/admissions/applynow.html by completing the
"Graduate Non Degree Seeking Students" form. Once this has been
completed, students may contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to be granted permission to register for the class.
Department of Natural Resources news release]