Massive Online Open Courses for Educators, or MOOC-Eds, are professional development experiences that will engage you in new technology-enabled learning opportunities that are becoming widely used for both adults and students. Each of the MOOC-Ed courses will include core resources and supplemental materials around a specific topic, while also allowing for a great deal of personalization and flexibility. Because there is not a fixed path or a fixed curriculum everyone will follow, learning can be self-directed. Indeed, participants can — and are expected to — navigate their own paths, consistent with their own goals and the needs of their school or district, while being supported and guided by the facilitators, resources, education experts and fellow participants. And by conducting the course on such a massive scale — literally thousands of educators can participate — participants will also benefit from “crowdsourcing,” a collaborative professional learning experience that uses the “wisdom of the crowd” to discuss ideas, share strategies and resources, and exchange constructive feedback with other participants in similar roles and schools.
MOOC-Eds are built on research-based models of effective professional development, professional learning communities, and online communities of practice. The courses focus on authentic, project-based learning, collaboration, and peer-supported learning, rather than tests and grades that are needed in other types of MOOCs. MOOC-Eds enable educators to experience using innovative technologies as learners and collaborators, which will help them gain insights into what these technologies can mean for students. We look forward to having many innovative educators join us in exploring this new form of large-scale, flexible, multimedia, and collaborative professional development.
Digital Learning Transition in K-12 Schools massive online open course for educators (DLT MOOC-Ed) will help you understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools, assess progress and set future goals for your school or district, and plan to achieve those goals. The DLT MOOC-Ed is designed for school and district leaders, such as superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, technology directors, financial officers, 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 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.
The Mathematics Learning Trajectories MOOC-Ed series introduces you to Learning Trajectories (LT) as frameworks for interpreting and implementing the Common Core State Standards. Our first course introduces the Equipartitioning LT. Grounded in fair sharing activities that create equal-sized groups (from collections) or parts (from single wholes), Equipartitioning provides a robust foundation for students’ conceptual understanding of division, multiplication, ratio, and fractions. We recommend this course for elementary and middle grades educators seeking a deeper understanding of students’ learning of fundamental mathematics for your own instructional practice.
This course made possible in part by funding from the National Science Foundation and the Oak Foundation.