This course provides teachers with the foundation for understanding the movement towards virtual instruction. It introduces fundamental knowledge needed by teachers to succeed in a technology-dependent, instructional environment. You will explore the history of online learning and understand how a variety of delivery models are evolving in the K-12 environment, ranging from completely online to hybrid or blended classrooms. We will discuss how the programs work and who they serve, addressing some basics about equity issues, access and school funding, as well as ethical and legal issues that support and challenge the models. Upon completion of the course, you will understand what it takes to transition from teaching in the classroom to providing virtual instruction.
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Describe the history of online learning models
2. Identify current virtual instruction models and who offers them
3. Explain how virtual instruction models have evolved and why
4. Describe common features of synchronous and asynchronous technologies
5. Discuss basic ethical and legal issues faced by schools
Week 1: History of Virtual Education Welcome to the course! Begin by reading the Course Overview and familiarizing yourself with our course. This week we will explore the history of virtual education, as well as the different models of virtual education. Our guest speaker, Dr. O'Neal, will discuss the "Flipped Classroom" and how this pedagogy can enhance teaching and learning.
Week 2: Synchronous and Asynchronous Technologies In week two, we will examine the features of synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Our guest speaker, Melissa Loble, will share how to select and leverage technology. She will also discuss how to best utilize social media to meet the needs of different learners.
Week 3: Transitioning from the Classroom to the Virtual Environment This week we will examine the similarities and differences between teaching in the classroom and teaching online. Our guest speaker, Racquel Nedden, will discuss the benefits of online education for accommodating and meeting the needs of at-risk and special needs students. You will also have the opportunity to submit your assignment and evaluate three of your classmates' work.
Week 4: Equity and Access, Funding, and the Law In week four, we will discuss virtual school funding options, the responsibility of online programs to consider equity and access, and the legal issues that virtual schools face. Our guest speaker, Chris Long, will explain the concept of QFT (Question, Formulation Technique) and explain why teaching students to formulate their own questions can increase students engagement and empower students to be life long learners.
Week 5: The Future of Virtual Education In this last week of the course we'll consider the future of online education and how new technologies are changing the landscape of K-12 education.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Nadya is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I am currently doing this course and to be honest I'm extremely disappointed with the instructor Cindy Carbajal. She's reading all the time and not very well at that (sounds like a first grader). Her videos are haphazard to say the least, information is not organized in a logical sequence, and it all sounds as if she's
I am currently doing this course and to be honest I'm extremely disappointed with the instructor Cindy Carbajal. She's reading all the time and not very well at that (sounds like a first grader). Her videos are haphazard to say the least, information is not organized in a logical sequence, and it all sounds as if she's just copied some quotes from here and there. Her reading is very annoying and the only good thing in week one was the interview about the Flipped Classroom with Chris O'Neal. It was very informative, well-structured and coherent (unlike the instructor's videos). Some questions in the test are not well worded and perhaps because of fear of negative feedback, there's no forum for the students to discuss the course content. I also found a blatant error in one of the external resources recommended by the instructor--it said ALFRED Einstein received the Nobel Prize, when they actually meant ALBERT Einstein (and since there's no forum or any connection with the instructor, I can't even report the error). Overall, I am not happy with the first course of this specialization and sincerely hope it will get better as I move along to the next few courses! :-(