Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators


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Course Length

Approximately 10 hours
10 PDHs / 1.0 CEUs

Access to Course Materials

Course – 30 days
Completion Exam – 10 additional days

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AWS Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators

Course Description

A Guided Walkthrough for Welding Educators and Program Administrators

The Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators video course is ideal for novice or experienced welding instructors looking to develop a stronger teaching foundation, develop more effective curriculum, and incorporate pedagogical best practices in the classroom and welding lab. The course is also geared toward administrators and decision-making personnel at any learning institution striving to establish a successful welding (or other skilled trade) program or improve their existing program.

The course content is presented as a series of brief, interactive modules, each with corresponding knowledge checks, case studies, and assessments. It was developed in partnership with Weld-Ed and delivered by Dr. W. Richard Polanin, a lifelong welding educator and industry professional, as well as current AWS Vice President and incoming AWS President (2021).

Take a moment to click the tabs below for a complete listing of the topics covered in the course, a detailed look at Dr. Polanin’s career and educational background, and pricing and purchasing information.

Instructional Strategies Instructor and Student
The American Welding Society and Weld-Ed
Who Should Take This Course?

• Anyone serving as an educator, advisor, or administrator at a welding program or learning institution with a focus on technical education and/or skilled trades
• Anyone aspiring to teach or serve in an administrative capacity at a learning institution/program focused on welding or other technical skills or trades

This student body may encompass many positions, including:

Welding instructors
Guidance counselors/academic advisors
Administrators (high school, technical college, or other learning institution)
Prospective or current Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) or Certified Welding Educators (CWEs)

Prerequisites There are no academic or professional prerequisites for taking this course. However, a basic knowledge of standard welding terms and fundamental principles is highly recommended.

Students unfamiliar with welding processes and terminology are encouraged to complete the AWS Welding Fundamentals online course before starting this one.

Objectives This course teaches students how to:

  • Differentiate between several key learning theories
  • Integrate learning theories in the classroom
  • Apply classroom management practices to maximize learner engagement
  • Implement evaluation and assessment techniques to improve understanding and retention
  • Address program needs through community outreach and the leveraging of existing partnerships and resources


Upon completing the “Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators” course, students will be able to:

Advocate for welding and technical education

Explain the history of education as it relates to welding

Create a curriculum using best practices for instructional design

Identify the needs of a given educational program

Analyze key learning theories

Implement different learning theories into the classroom

Identify factors that optimize teaching for different learning styles

Select teaching methods that best fit any curriculum

Differentiate teaching approaches for education vs. training

Modify lab activities based on resources and student level

Utilize Bloom’s Taxonomy to write high-level cognitive and psychomotor learning objectives

Distinguish between assessment and evaluation techniques

Develop test questions using the five assessment principles

Understand standard normal distribution and its use when grading

Explain the value of certification and qualification


The Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators course is comprised of the following modules:

MODULE 1 – Course Introduction

MODULE 2 – Careers in Welding

MODULE 3 – Education: History, Theory, and Practice

MODULE 4 – Education: History, Theory, and Practice II

MODULE 5 – Education: History, Theory, and Practice III

MODULE 6 – Curriculum Development

MODULE 7 – Curriculum Development II

MODULE 8 – Program Needs and Assessment

MODULE 9 – Sources of National Welding Curriculum

MODULE 10 – Program & Course Objectives

MODULE 11 – Introduction to Learning Theory

MODULE 12 – Memory

MODULE 13 – Knowledge

MODULE 14 – Strategies for the Welding Classroom

MODULE 15 – Behaviorism

MODULE 16 – Cognitive Science and Bloom’s Taxonomies

MODULE 17 – Bloom: Practical Uses

MODULE 18 – Bloom: Revisions and Related Frameworks

MODULE 19 – Constructivism

MODULE 20 – Cognitive Apprenticeship

MODULE 21 – Connectivism

MODULE 22 – Transformational Learning

MODULE 23 – Learning Styles

MODULE 24 – Experiential Learning

MODULE 25 – Multiple Intelligences


MODULE 27 – Introduction to Teaching Methods

MODULE 28 – Lectures

MODULE 29 – Discussions

MODULE 30 – Demonstrations

MODULE 31 – Peer Teaching

MODULE 32 – Case Studies

MODULE 33 – Team Formation

MODULE 34 – Online Courses

MODULE 35 – Improving Teaching

MODULE 36 – Laboratory Teaching

MODULE 37 – Classroom Management + Lesson Planning

MODULE 38 – Evaluation and Assessment

MODULE 39 – Fundamentals of Statistics

MODULE 40 – Qualification and Certification of Welding Programs and Students


Who should take this course?

The Instructional Strategies for Welding Educators video course is ideal for novice or experienced welding instructors, as well as administrative personnel at any learning institution that would like to establish a welding (or other trade) program or improve their existing program.

How long do I have to complete this course?

Participants are granted access to the course materials for 30 days from the date of registration. The completion exam is available for 10 days beyond this 30-day access period.

Does this course include a completion exam?

Yes, this course includes an exam designed to evaluate comprehension and retention of the subject matter. Students will be prompted to take this exam once they have successfully completed all the modules within the course. The completion exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 90-minute period. In order to earn a printable Certificate of Completion from AWS and xx Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/xx Continuing Education Units (CEUs), a student must attain a score of 75% or higher on the completion exam. Participants who do not achieve a pass score will be granted a second opportunity to take the exam.

Do I need to purchase any supplemental materials or resources in order to complete this course?

No. The course content is entirely web-based, so no additional purchases are necessary in order progress through the coursework and complete the course objectives.

Do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing this course?

IACET Accredited - AWS LearningYes. In order to earn PDHs/CEUs, you must score at least 75% on the course completion exam. Participants who pass the exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and xx Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/xx Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Do I need to purchase any other materials?

No. All the materials and resources necessary to complete the seminar objectives are included.

Can Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned by completing this course be used to meet the training requirement for AWS certification programs?

IACET Accredited - AWS LearningAbsolutely! Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through AWS online courses can be applied toward any certification training requirement, such as those for CWI re-testing or recertification, provided that they are earned within a specified time period. For example, PDHs earned by completing this course are only valid for CWI recertification if the course is completed within the specified 3-year CWI certification period.

What equipment or devices do I need in order to access and complete this course?

This course, as well as all online courses offered by AWS Learning, require a computer, tablet, or other mobile device with an active internet connection and built-in or external speakers. The AWS Learning platform supports most web browsers, including the current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer (Edge). This course is largely video-based and features significant amounts of interactive multimedia content, so a high-speed internet connection and a monitor or device with a large viewing area are highly recommended.

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