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Examples of Online and Blended-Learning Courses Developed Through The DL Program

Below are some examples of courses developed through the DL Program. These examples are just snippets from entire courses/presentations. As you'll see, different types of instructional technology can be used to create effective, user-friendly, stand-alone and blended learning courses. For more information on how OED can help you design, develop, and deliver an exceptional learning experience for USGS employees, contact Tj Lane at tjlane@usgs.gov or 303-445-4677.

Since 2004, the Online Course Developers have learned many lessons according to student evaluations of the courses. You can see many of these "lessons learned " in the course developer's toolbox.

  • Data Aging in NWIS 4.6:
  • USGS Reimbursable Agreements:
  • Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC):
    • http://oedbreeze.cr.usgs.gov/moccl3/
    • This course is a blended learning course. It consists of an on-line, prerequisite online module, followed by an instructor-led, 24-hour, practicals course.
    • This is a fairly complex course as it has several videos, Flash® animations, and prerequisite DL module will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete.
    • For this course, Tj (DL Program Lead) attended a 5 day traditional MOCC course and took massive amounts of videos and pictures of students and instructors performing exercises and demonstrations.
  • Assertive Communication:
  • Bear Spray--Training for Defense Against Dangerous Animals:
  • Water-Quality Principles -- Lesson 3:
    • http://oedbreeze.cr.usgs.gov/qw1022l3example/
    • This is an undergraduate course in water-quality principles.
    • It is quite comprehensive. This course is considered blended learning because it consists of on-line lessons, but is also facilitated by instructors. Students will have pre-lesson reading assignments, assignments to be emailed to facilitators, 13 on-line lessons, and a final proposal project to be done by the student to the facilitator via webinar.
    • The duration of the course is 1 month (40-60 hours).
    • This course prepares anyone who works with water-quality with a sound foundation in water-quality principles.
  • Streamflow Measurements with ADCPs (SW1321) Prerequisite Course:
  • Preparing Data to Share:
  • Surface-Water Procedures and Policies (SW1660):
  • Procedures for Running Levels at Gaging Stations (SW1683)


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303-445-4677

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