Welcome to the Master Remote Work Professional course. This is a blended certificate course, combining online work with interactive workshops. This educational program is designed to equip workers with the tools and skills needed to transition from on-site work into a virtual career. Specific objectives and outcomes for each part of the course are identified at the beginning of each set of modules.
The program consists of nine core modules, delivered in a self-paced, online format:
- Module 1: Work Day
- Module 2: Communication
- Module 3: Workflow
- Module 4: Productivity & Time Management
- Module 5: Teamwork Module 6: Compliance
- Module 7: Critical Thinking
- Module 8: Virtual Careers
- Module 9: Remote Job Development
The program includes four live, interactive workshops, hosted via video call using free Zoom conferencing software. You can attend the workshops from any location with Internet access. Workshops provide an opportunity for you to discuss career goals and review content from the modules in a virtual environment that mimics a real distributed team. Participation in all four workshops is mandatory for this course. You can choose either of the two available times for each workshop:
You will be assigned to one of three Program Coordinators, based upon where you live in the state. The Program Coordinators will help guide you through the Canvas course, share hosting responsibilities for the workshops, and provide mentoring and resources to help you successfully prepare for remote work and freelancing.
The coordinators will also assign you to a cohort group of other students who are taking the course. You will practice using collaborative tools like Slack with others in your cohort group to practice and develop effective remote work communication skills.
Throughout the course, the assignments and modules will you create applicable resources and complete tasks to prepare for a virtual career, such as:
- Designing a work portfolio
- Creating a career development plan
- Coordinating a meeting
- Preparing an agenda and meeting report
- Making a project and workflow plan
- Using a problem-solving checklist
There will also be periodic online assessments that are taken in Canvas. The online assessments can be repeated if you need to improve a score on a particular assessment. To successfully complete the course and earn the certificate, you will need to do all of the following:
- Complete all of the modules, including any assignments contained within each module.
- Pass each assessment with a minimum score of 80 percent.
- Attend four interactive workshops.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, you will be presented with a Certificate of Completion to add to your work portfolio. You will also be supported by Rural Online Initiative Program Coordinators as you start to develop the virtual career of your choice.