Distance Learning: How to Survive and Thrive

(Grades K-12) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 8T03 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC40362

Course Description

This course has been developed to help teachers survive and thrive in their distance learning circumstances for the new school year. PDI wants to help as many teachers as possible, and so we are offering this one-unit course for only $25 (regularly priced at $80). UCSD, our credit-granting partner, also desires to assist teachers by offering credit for this one-unit course for only $25 (regularly priced at $80). We truly hope the tools and instructions provided in this course help you and your students thrive!

**Note: This course does not qualify for the special monthly discounts announced at our website.

Are you overwhelmed trying to prepare for a new school year of teaching at a distance? Are you struggling with finding, and then learning how to use necessary software, applications, and extensions? This online course is designed to help teachers successfully implement a distance learning experience for their students. It is comprehensive in providing instructions for using nearly all the most popular options for creating a successful online classroom such as Google Classroom, Canvas, Schoology, Seesaw, Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Flipgrid, Google Forms and Slides, and PowerPoint just to name a few. Additionally, critical topics as they relate to teaching at a distance are addressed such as how to build an online class community, online student collaboration, and how to help diverse student populations. This course will help you to not only survive, but also thrive, while teaching in a distance learning environment. This course is worth 1 semester units/1.5 quarter units (15 hours of training) from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The content and resources from the course were very helpful and will make a big difference in my virtual teaching. From learning to make connections with the students and their parents to providing material in an easily accessible manner, this course will help all aspects of my online teaching." - Anthony DiMarco

Enrollment Options

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Course with Credit from UCSD Extension


This course is worth 1 semester unit or 1.5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UC San Diego.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.

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UCSD Course Number: EDUC40362
Unit One
  • Building an Online Classroom Community
  • Getting to Know Your Students from a Distance
  • Online Lesson Design
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Getting Started: Distribution Lists
  • File Sharing
  • Online Student Collaboration
  • Supporting Special Populations
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Teaching Live and Video Conferencing (Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom)
  • Asynchronous Lesson Delivery (Google Slides, PowerPoint, Podbean, YouTube, WeVideo, Screencast-O-Matic, Flipgrid)
  • Online Learning Management Systems (Seesaw, Classroom, Canvas, Schoology)
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Google Forms for Surveys, Quizzes, and Tests
  • Collaboration with Parents and Guardians
  • Test #4

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