Virtual School Meanderings

February 5, 2014

Celebrating Digital Learning Day 2014: Two New MOOC-Ed Courses

More from the neo-liberals…

Marking the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Digital Learning Day, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is pleased to announce that registration is officially open on two new Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) covering the integration of digital learning in schools and interpreting and implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change was developed by the Digital Learning Collaborative team at the Friday Institute, led by Verna Lalbeharie, Senior Program Director. Beginning March 10, this course is designed for educators and professionals who guide the integration of digital learning to support and enhance student learning (i.e. instructional technology coaches/facilitators, media specialists, mentor teachers). It will allow participants to learn what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology effectively; explore relevant frameworks, strategies, tools, and resources; experience opportunities for personalized application of new learning and job-embedded practices; and develop and share an Instructional Technology Coaching Action Plan to support their school/district’s digital learning culture.

For more information about this course or to register, please visit https://courses.mooc-ed.org/cdl1

 

Division and Multiplication of Whole Numbers: Bridging to Fraction Understanding is the second in the “Mathematics Learning Trajectories for the Common Core” MOOC-Ed series. This professional development series focuses on learning trajectories as a framework for interpreting and implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M). Funded by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation to provide free professional development to educators around the new CCSS, this is the first of four courses that will be released throughout the year.

Division and Multiplication was developed by the GISMO Research Group at the Friday Institute, led by Dr. Jere Confrey and Dr. Alan Maloney. Beginning March 17, the course will introduce a learning trajectory approach to students’ multiplicative reasoning, exploring a stronger conceptual basis for multiplicative reasoning, so that multiplication and division of fractions is an extension of multiplication and division of whole numbers. It is recommended for elementary and middle grades mathematics educators.

For more information about this course or to register, please visit https://courses.mooc-ed.org/dvm1

Registration will remain open until the end of Unit 2 for the Planning for the Digital Learning Transition (DLT) in K-12 Schools MOOC-Ed. In collaboration with the Alliance for Excellent Education, the DLT course will help participants understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools; assess progress and set future goals for their school or district; and plan to achieve those goals. The course is intended for school and district leaders, as well as any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives.

For more information about this course or to register, please visit https://courses.mooc-ed.org/dlt3

To learn more about MOOC-Eds, please visit www.mooc-ed.org.

January 14, 2014

Fwd: Innovative PD: MOOC For Educators On Digital Learning Transitions In K-12 Schools Begins Jan. 20

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, is pleased to announce that registration is open for the Planning for the Digital Learning Transition in K-12 Schools Massive Online Open Course for educators (DLT MOOC-Ed) which begins January 20. This course utilizes the Project 24 Framework and involves experts from across the country.

The DLT MOOC-Ed is designed for school and district leaders, such as superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, technology directors, financial officers, principals, instructional coaches, library media specialists, and lead teachers, as well as university faculty, consultants, parents and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives.

We invite participation from public, charter and private schools.  While the course materials are U.S. focused, we invite educators from around the world and found that international perspectives enriched the experience for everyone in prior courses.  There is no cost for participating in the DLT MOOC-Ed.

To learn more, visit courses.mooc-ed.org/dlt3 or reply back to this email with any questions you may have.

Attachments: MOOC-Eds

January 13, 2014

Registration Is Open For The Next Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed

A final item from Thursday’s inbox…

Would you like to join colleagues from around the country and the world to learn more about the Digital Learning Transition? The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, is pleased to announce that registration is open for the Planning for the Digital Learning Transition in K-12 Schools Massive Online Open Course for educators (DLT MOOC-Ed) which begins January 20. This course utilizes the Project 24 Framework and involves experts from across the country and includes:

  • Part I: Where Are We Heading? Goals for the Digital Learning Transition: Part Ifocuses on the big picture of envisioning the future of schools, changing the culture of teaching and learning, and digital learning transitions in some exemplary schools and districts.
  • Part II: How Do We Get There? Planning for a Digital Learning Transition: Part II focuses on planning to address professional development, technology infrastructure, community engagement, use of data, and other elements of successful DLT plans.

The DLT MOOC-Ed is designed for school and district leaders, such as superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, technology directors, financial officers, principals, instructional coaches, library media specialists, and lead teachers, as well as university faculty, consultants, parents and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives.

We invite participation from public, charter and private schools.  While the course materials are U.S. focused, we invite educators from around the world and found that international perspectives enriched the experience for everyone in prior courses.  There is no cost for participating in the DLT MOOC-Ed.

We recommend, when possible, participation by teams from schools, districts or other organizations, since having local colleagues work together to relate the lessons from the DLT MOOC-Ed to their own context makes the course even more valuable. If a team is not available, individuals are welcome to participate on their own.

A few comments from previous participants include:

  • “In my opinion this MOOC-Ed is different from other MOOCs.  It allows you to be in the driver’s seat while most other MOOCs are more like driverless cars.”
  • “No matter the issue I was thinking about or planning to work on, someone had a suggestion or was already working on a similar area. The dialogue and resources were timely and thought provoking as well as helpful.”
  • “The fact that I could choose the resource that fit my style was one of the most valuable pieces to this course for me. The other was reading the responses of other participants. Sharing resources, plans, pitfalls, and celebrations of folks from so many different economic and sociological backgrounds really helped one feel ‘We are not in this alone’ and gave me the Inspiration to push administration for more tech focused professional development. I shared some resources from this class with administration and followed up by asking for a workshop day devoted to tech. After two years of ‘no time for this,’ a full day was granted.”
  • “I agree with many of the others when it comes to resources and colleague communication, but actually taking the time to view these and focus on them is a really big deal.  I think everyone in education is busy with the day-to-day operations of schools, but we need to put aside time to grow and develop!  This course was a great opportunity to grow in the area of digital learning and I am glad that I took the time to let it sink in.”

To register, please go to https://courses.mooc-ed.org/dlt3/preview.


The Digital Learning Transition:
A Massive Open Online Course for Educators (DLT MOOC-Ed) | dlt.mooc-ed.org

January 6, 2014

[STLHE-L:] The U of S Launches A TOOC (Truly Open Online Course)

From Friday’s inbox, something that may be of interest to online teachers…

The launch of the TOOC (truly open online course) at the University of Saskatchewan

On January 21 2014, the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (GMCTE) will launch the first open online course from the University of Saskatchewan, Introduction to Learning Technologies.<http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/> This course is designed for faculty, instructors or teachers who wish to learn more about effective uses of learning technologies. Participants will explore pedagogically-informed use of blogs, podcasts, social bookmarking and a host of other tools, in addition to considering the implications of copyright and Creative Commons, digital citizenship and digital literacy for their teaching practice.

Introduction to Learning Technologies<http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/> is a refocused version of a successful undergraduate course offered through the U of S College of Education, with a twist. We are taking an open boundary (or open classroom) approach. A small 15 person cohort will meet face to face throughout the course and receive more intensive support while the online components of the course are simultaneously opened to anyone interested in taking part alongside the campus based group.  Our intention is to design a learning experience that will allow both groups to benefit from wider collaboration and ongoing access to a rich collection of resources.

We are calling our approach a Truly Open Online Course, or TOOC, fitting for the cold prairie winter.  We feel this approach is a better fit with our ethos and educational goals than courses available through the large MOOC providers as we are operating on an open platform and are able to release all resources for perpetual reuse under CC licenses.    Introduction to Learning Technologies<http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/> brings together a community of learners for a set period of time to learn together in a collaborative and semi-structured virtual setting.

The face to face cohort for this course is already filled to capacity, but if you are interested in registering for the TOOC, visit http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/

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December 15, 2013

Announcement About Virtual Teacher Series

Another K-12 online learning MOOC…

Michael K. Barbour,
The latest information from Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom on Coursera.

Dear Students,

I wanted to let you know that we will be offering a total of four courses as part of the UC Irvine Virtual K-12 Teacher Program. These four courses will cover the same content as the original six courses. By condensing the program, students will now be able to complete the course work faster.

Below are the upcoming course offerings:
Advanced Virtual Instruction in the Virtual Classroom
Performance Assessment in the Virtual K-12 Classroom- Offered in April 2014

We are committed to offering you professional development in virtual education and we hope you continue on this journey with us.

Sincerely, Victoria

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