Celebrating Digital Learning Day 2014: New MOOC-Ed Course

February 5, 2014 – NC State University unveils a new Massive Open Online Courses in Education (MOOC-Ed) beginning in March through the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Marking the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Digital Learning Day, registration is officially open on the course covering the integration of digital learning in schools.

Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change was developed by the Digital Learning Collaborative team at the Friday Institute, led by Verna Lalbeharie, Senior Program Director. Beginning March 10, this course is designed for educators and professionals who guide the integration of digital learning to support and enhance student learning (i.e. instructional technology coaches/facilitators, media specialists, mentor teachers). It will allow participants to learn what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology effectively; explore relevant frameworks, strategies, tools, and resources; experience opportunities for personalized application of new learning and job-embedded practices; and develop and share an Instructional Technology Coaching Action Plan to support their school/district’s digital learning culture.

For more information about this course or to register, please visit https://courses.mooc-ed.org/cdl1

Registration will remain open until the end of Unit 2 for the Planning for the Digital Learning Transition (DLT) in K-12 Schools MOOC-Ed. In collaboration with the Alliance for Excellent Education, the DLT course will help participants understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools; assess progress and set future goals for their school or district; and plan to achieve those goals. The course is intended for school and district leaders, as well as any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives.

For more information about this course or to register, please visit https://courses.mooc-ed.org/dlt3

MOOC-Eds balance high-level, conceptually oriented professional development with teachers’ ability to engage in such professional development on a flexible schedule. Participants navigate their own paths, consistent with their own goals and their school’s needs. They collaborate with other participants, all while being supported and guided by the facilitators and resources. Benefits include “crowdsourcing,” a collaborative professional learning experience in which professional educators, teacher educators, and pre-service teachers form an online community.

Participants should expect to commit between two and four hours each week, with opportunities to invest more time and explore issues more deeply for those who wish to do so. Certificates of course completion will be available to those who complete the lessons and assignments for the entire course. Interested individuals can obtain more information at http://www.mooc-ed.org.

For more information, please contact FI Communications.

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The DLC (Digital Learning Collaborative) program is a research team located at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. DLC promotes pedagogical shifts in digital learning environments in order to inspire, innovate and educate. DLC engages educators at all levels to provide innovative approaches to support digital learning and teaching. Their work addresses three core areas: State and District-wide Digital Transition Planning; Leadership Team Coaching; and Professional Development. http://dlc.fi.ncsu.edu/

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the North Carolina State University’s College of Education conducts research, develops educational resources, provides professional development programs for educators, advocates to improve teaching and learning, and helps inform policymakers, all centered on innovations that will help prepare K–12 students for college, a career, and citizenship in the global information age. http://fi.ncsu.edu.