Two MOOCs for Educators from the Friday Institute Offered This Fall

September 12, 2013 - The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our next two Massive Online Open Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds).

The Planning for the K-12 Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed, offered in collaboration with the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Project 24 will begin Sept. 30 and continue for eight weeks. This free course will help participants to understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools; assess progress and set future goals for their schools or districts; and develop a plan to achieve those goals. Registration is open for interested school and district leaders, as well as any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives.  We invite participation from public, charter and private schools in the U.S. and internationally. Local teams are encouraged to participate in the course together.  The course is led by Dr. Glenn Kleiman, Executive Director of the Friday Institute, and Dr. Mary Ann Wolf, formerly the Executive Director of the State EdTech Directors Association (SETDA).

 The Equipartitioning Learning Trajectory: a K-5 Foundation for Rational Number Reasoning MOOC-Ed will run from Oct. 7 through Nov. 25.  This seven-week course is designed as professional development for anyone involved in mathematics education and in implementing the K–8 Common Core Math Standards at the classroom, school, or district level. It examines how equipartitioning, grounded in fair sharing activities that create equal-sized groups or parts, provides a robust foundation for students’ conceptual understanding of division, multiplication, fraction, and ratio.  This course is led by Dr. Jere Confrey and Dr. Alan Maloney of the Friday Institute and NC State University College of Education.

In addition, The Friday Institute and the Alliance for Excellent Education have just released a new report,  The Digital Learning Transition MOOC for Educators: Exploring a Scalable Approach to Professional Development, that discusses course design, explores results and presents lessons learned from the first Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed.

 “The results of the first Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed have convinced me that there is great potential in MOOCs for educators,” said Glenn Kleiman, executive director of the Friday Institute and coauthor of the report. “It’s exciting to explore this new approach to bringing together educators from around the country and across the world to share, explore, and learn about planning digital learning initiatives in K–12 schools.”

For more information or to register for either course, please visit www.mooc-ed.org.

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