MOOCs for Educators
A MOOC is a Massive Online Open Course. This type of program means that anyone with an internet connection can enroll in college courses designed and facilitated by passionate instructors. MIT and other prominent colleges and university are forming MOOCs. Their collection of courses grows each day. At this point, there are thousands of MOOCs across hundreds of disciplines. Educators can enjoy hundreds of MOOCs focused on classroom management, lesson planning, technology and student engagement. Personally, my three favorite MOOCs are housed on Coursera, a collection of high quality MOOCs from multiple colleges, universities and institutes. Each is described below.
Built and facilitated by instructors at the University of Edinburgh, this course gives educators a deeper understanding of online learning from a cultural perspective through practical exercises and interaction with peers. It doesn’t necessarily teach you how to teach online, but gives you a feel for what's it's like to learn and exist online. I took a number of how-to tips away.
Developed by Dave Levin, founder of KIPP and Relay Graduate School of Education, this course is self-paced. This course uses the experience of real instructors to provide methods for teaching students how to interactive positively with one another.
Building Learning: Personalizing Education for Students
Crafted by instructors at the New Teacher Center, Silicon Schools Fund and Clayton Christensen Institute, this course utilizes real case studies. It explores the transition of students to a blended learning environment and methods for continued student engagement.
I strongly recommend that educators explore MOOCs. MOOCs are a wonderful, free professional development opportunities. Visit Coursera.org or another website and enroll in a MOOC. Take part in the experience.
A Note About Coursera
Coursera is my choice website to access MOOCs. They only accept the highest quality MOOCs from instructors at colleges, universities, and institutes. Many of their MOOCs are facilitated by prominent instructors. These factors sets Coursera apart from other collections of MOOCs.
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