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Free Courses elsewhere: Sportsmanship and NCAA Eligibility, both from the National Federation

Two online courses on the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Learning Center – “Sportsmanship” and “NCAA Eligibility” – have been revised in May 2018. Courses are for high school coaches, school administrators, as well as parents and student-athletes. Both courses are free and available on the Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

The “Sportsmanship” course, which is intended to provide schools with a more positive game environment, defines sportsmanship, provides examples of good and poor sportsmanship, and discusses the roles of players, coaches, parents, fans and officials in the education-based setting of high school sports.

“Understanding the role that each person plays with regard to sportsmanship is critically important, and the revised course delivers that message in an engaging format,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services.

The “NCAA Eligibility” course is designed to educate high school coaches, administrators and parents about the NCAA’s initial-eligibility requirements. The newly revised course provides the latest NCAA initial-eligibility standards and the steps that student-athletes need to complete in order to compete in NCAA Divisions I and II athletic programs.

“It is important that high school coaches and administrators have the latest information on NCAA eligibility standards to share with athletes and their parents,” Schuster said. “Even if coaches and administrators have taken the course in previous years, we would encourage those individuals to take the updated course now available through the NFHS Learning Center.”

After starting with two courses in 2007 through the NFHS Coach Education Program, the NFHS Learning Center now offers 58 online courses – including 25 of which are free – and has expanded its reach to contest officials, students, administrators and leaders in performing arts programs. Since the launch of www.NFHSLearn.com in 2007, the NFHS has delivered more than 6.7 million courses.

Badges are not “official certificates” — but can be recognized for their value by participants, parents, coaches, organizers and others

Digital badges are not “official” in that the digital badges are NOT the same as diplomas nor certificates.

In short, issuing certificates required governmental approval from the state where the program resides, such as Pennsylvania or Colorado.

For example, it is The Colorado Department of Higher Education that has been granted the authority in a system with its board for granting any official certificate awards including the program approvals. Most secondary and post-secondary programs have an approval process which asks what industry certifications can be conferred in the program.

Digital badges are not included as industry certifications.

Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education collects data on industry certifications, but not on badges awarded. This is because the badging framework and governance of digital badges has been established to document employment skill sets, and not for educational transfer credit as is documented with courses, certificates and degrees. Rather, digital badges have a workforce relevance enhancement to traditional, educational offerings and are more of a motivational tool to help establish a pathway to the more formal certifications and educational transcripts and eventual diplomas.

At present, there are no policies with any educational system that allows for the evaluation of digital badges for college credit nor for high-school credit. Requests for evaluation of prior learning for college credit and school-based credit is possible as a future discussion point. Perhaps in the future, some educational system, especially in a rapidly changing enviroment, would desire this capacity so that student profiles of digital badges from multiple sources could be documented and verified to represent merit within the system.

The process for reviewing and approving new digital badges is taken seriously. This work is done by the CLOH.org Digital Badge Taskforce. To apply as a member on the panel, leave a message in the comments below.

An idea for a new badge can be proposed by members of the CLOH.org Digital Badge Taskforce.

The process for bestowing digital badges within the CLOH.org framework happens to those who apply and pass a training course.

Prescription Drug Safety (course)

A course from Everfi is available elsewhere, Prescription Drug Safety.

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is an innovative digital course that arms high school students with the knowledge and tools to make healthy, informed decisions when it comes to prescription medications. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step step in when faced with a situation involving misuse.

Prescription Drug Safety Resources

  • Course Outline
  • Curriculum Guide
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Safety Standards Alignment
  • Prescription Drug Safety Discussion Guide
  • Introduction to the Opioid Crisis
  • Understanding Opioids
  • Resisting Opioids

Video

Educator Perspectives: Prescription Drug Safety from EVERFI on Vimeo.

Protect Your Head and links to other mandated courses for coaches in PA

Take this course and learn about head injuries and concussions. The course comes from the CDC and is without charge. Great for parents, coaches, officials and even athletes.

Launch the Heads Up Course and give it your attention. It is short. Get the app as well.

Volunteer coaches need to take this course too. The course is one that meets the requirements for scholastic coaches concerning the mandates of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pertaining to concussion. Another course is required for cardiac education.

Every coach, Every year

These courses cannot be taken before July 1st of each year. Coaches don’t have to renew these for each season or sport they coach, but must complete one concussion course and the cardiac course before their first season of coaching. If you took the course last year you still have to take it this year.

Turn those certificates in.

CONCUSSION courses:

Sport Safety International has partnered with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society to offer the ConcussionWise series of educational programs. These programs have been peer-reviewed and are consistent with the latest science and practical applications regarding the prevention and management of concussion. ConcussionWise™ AT for Athletic Trainers This version of ConcussionWise™ AT is at this link.

  • http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000
  • NFHS Learn

    The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center is an education tool that offers courses to high school coaches, administrators, officials, students, and parents. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and over 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs.

    CARDIAC COURSES: (Only need to take one of the cardiac courses.)

    CardiacWise Online Education, Sport Safety International

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Training from NFHSLearn: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one cause of death in the United States for student athletes during exercise. Caused by a structural or electrical problem.

    Google Applied Skills

    Grow with Google, a new initiative to help develop the skills to find jobs and grow business. A new G Suite certification has been launched to validate proficiency with tools like Drive, Gmail, Hangouts Meet, Docs, Sheets and Slides. The Applied Digital Skills curriculum is a great place to start to prepare learners for this exam.

    Get started on the courses

     

    • Go to g.co/applieddigitalskills
    • Click “Sign In,” and sign in with their Google account
    • Select “I am a learner”
    • Enter class code 94goes
    • Put on headphones and watch the first video