Friday, February 12, 2016

8 MOOCs for Better Technology-Enhanced Teaching

Let 2016 be the year you revamp your understanding of technology-enhanced teaching or add a new skill for helping students learn. We've culled through hundreds of massive open online courses (MOOCs) that are starting in or after February 2016 to identify seven free courses for fine-tuning the instructional practices in your classrooms. Becoming a Blended Learning Designer Timeline: Starts February 22; runs for 5 weeks; requires 2-3 hours of work per week Hosts: the University of Central Florida and Educause, Platform: Canvas Network Description: This MOOC will talk you through the Blended Learning Toolkit, a free, open resource for institutions that want to develop or expand their blended learning programs. Why you should take it: You don't have to reinvent the wheel. If you're not already trained on teaching courses that blend face-to-face time with online elements, here's your chance to learn from the pioneers at UCF! Note: You can learn the BlendKit on your own, sans MOOC, and still get some real-time sessions with experts at UCF and other schools. Check the schedule here on the UCF Web site. (Taken by FITS staff and highly recommended) Teaching with Tablets Timeline: Starts February 29, 2016; runs for 5 weeks; requires about 3 hours of work per week Host: University of Northampton, Platform: Open Education, powered by Blackboard Description: Intended for educators from elementary school through higher ed, this MOOC will cover the use of iPads and other tablets for teaching and learning. Why you should take it: The eight instructors putting this course on from an officially designated "Changemaker Campus" promise to give you something new to try out from each session, including the use of digital storytelling and collaboration. Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners Timeline: Starts February 22, 2016; runs 6 weeks Hosts: State University of New York Empire State College and SUNY Buffalo State, Platform: Canvas Network Description: Your chance to gain the knowledge and skills to design inclusive learning experiences, especially for students with disabilities. Why you should take it: Finally, somebody will explain what you need to know about Section 508 standards and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 guidelines in a methodical and understandable way — and help you figure out how to apply Universal Design for Learning!

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