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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

iEvaluate courses start May 16

May 5, 2011

Contact: Grant Wood AEA
Communications Office
(319) 399-6714


The Iowa Department of Education, in partnership with AEA PD Online, is now offering Evaluator 1 & 2 online, packaged together in a 2-credit course entitled iEvaluate.  Because of the high demand for the courses, the Iowa Department of Education is selecting participants on the basis of need (that is, whose license is up for renewal first).  This spring, they have created a waiting list for the course, and will begin to notify those who are at the top of the list on how to register.  Once every person on the waiting list has had a chance to take the iEvaluate course, the course will then be available for open registration on AEA PD Online's registration catalog.

How do I know if I'm on the waiting list?
If you have not done so, or if you would like to check to make sure, please contact Matt Ludwig at the Iowa Department of Education (515-281-3750, or  You will need to provide him with 1) your name, 2) your email address, 3) your license folder number, and 4) when your administrative license expires.

How many credits is the course?
The course is 2 license renewal credits.  It is not available for graduate credit at this time. 

How many different iEvaluate courses are there?
iEvaluate replaces both Evaluator 1 & 2, which are no longer being offered.  However, there are 2 different iEvaluate courses, one for the evaluation of teachers, and one for the evaluation of administrators.  Just like before, you need to complete one of those to meet the BoEE requirements for administrative licensure.  Multiple sections of both courses will begin on May 16.

How long does the course take?
The course is designed to take 5-6 weeks.  There is a final assignment requiring the recording of a teacher/administrator conference and reflections, and there will be additional time afforded for this final assignment.

Is the course all online?  What is the format for the course?
Yes, the course is entirely online.  It also is entirely asynchronous, meaning the participants won't meet at the same time (as opposed to via the ICN, for example).  Participants can select when in the day to participate in the course.  

What technical requirements do I need for the course?
Each participant needs a computer with internet access.  The course is accessed through AEA PD Online's Moodle system via a standard web browser.  Each participant will also need access to either Microsoft Office or compatible software, as there are Microsoft Word and Power Point documents used in the course.  And finally, participants will need to have the ability to record digitally their teacher/administrator conferences.  There will be an online dropbox for participants to submit their digital video file.  Participants needing assistance with technology may contact their instructor to find alternative methods.

What work is involved in the course?
In addition to recorded teacher/administrator conferences, there are a variety of activities in the course. There are reflection forums (= discussion threads), quizzes for checks of understanding, as well as individual writing assignments.

If you have additional questions, please contact Matt Ludwig at the Iowa Department of Education, 515-281-3750, or

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