Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We have previously featured some Coursera courses on the blog and we thought that this new course, starting on the 28th of January 2013, would be interesting to our readers.
This course teaches the fundamentals of online education, and the final output is creating an online course based on what you have learned. It lasts for 6 weeks and you have to spend 5-7 hours a week on coursework. The institution linked to the course is the prestigious Georgia Tech. Some of the key information about the course:
In this course you will learn about the fundamentals of online education. The emphasis will be on planning and application. In the planning phase, you will explore online learning pedagogy, online course design,privacy and copyright issues, online assessments, managing an online class, web tools and Learning Management Systems. In the application phase, you will create online learning materials. The final project for the course will consist of you building an online course based on everything that you learned and created in the course.
Having done some Coursera courses in the past, I would recommend taking a look at this. Coursera has an excellent learning interface, and you get a real sense of achievement when you complete them.
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.