Add this to a growing list of MOOCs related to K-12 online learning scheduled for the next 6 months or so. I’ll try and post a summary entry in the next day or two to list them all for everyone.
Kennesaw State’s first MOOC, K-12 Blended & Online Learning, will leverage KSU’s existing technological strengths and infrastructure to provide innovative teaching and learning opportunities to a “massive” number of students at no cost. The MOOC will expand educational opportunities while showcasing the considerable talents of the Bagwell College of Education (BCOE) faculty. In addition, the MOOC will support KSU’s strategic goals of increasing the number of degrees offered online, improving recruitment and becoming more engaged and prominent in the local community, Georgia, and the nation.
If you hold a Georgia K-12 teaching license or are just interested in learning more about blended and online learning, this MOOC may be for you.
The course is designed to introduce K-12 teachers and the community to blended and online learning through the instructional media of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, participants will engage in community discourse and online interaction. The course’s first level will include 20 contact hours for 2 PLUs. This level is for all participants. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of what encompasses K-12 blended and online learning. They will watch videos and read key documents that address foundational knowledge about trends in K-12 online learning, iNACOL standards, engaged learning strategies, assessment and differentiation in the online learning environment. Learning will be assessed using strategies aligned to knowledge and understanding.
Participants who want to challenge themselves to become competent in basic K-12 blended and online instruction will be able to continue in the MOOC after completing the first level. This second level will include 30 contact hours for 3 additional PLUs. This level will provide participants with the opportunity to show competence in evaluating and creating K-12 blended and online learning experiences. During this portion of the MOOC, participants will interact with performance tutorials and access sample K-12 blended and online learning objects. Learning will be assessed using strategies aligned to evaluating and creating.
Participants holding a renewable teaching certificate who successfully complete all levels and course assessments will be invited to apply to one of the BCOE’s online graduate certificate, endorsement or degree programs and to submit materials for transfer credit evaluation. Submitted materials must meet the standards of the Bagwell College evaluators to be awarded credit. Acceptance into a BCOE Graduate Program is a pre-requisite for the awarding of credit.
More information at: http://mooc.kennesaw.edu/courses/k12_online_blended_learning.php