Foundations of Virtual Instruction [Free Coursera CPD Course]

Online MOOC Coursera have introduced a range of professional development courses for teachers, and one course ‘Foundations of Virtual Instruction‘ from UC Irvine caught our eye. This five week course introduces K-12 teachers to the history of online learning and instructs on a range of delivery methods for online teaching. According to the blurb, “upon completion of the course, you will understand what it takes to transition from teaching in the classroom to providing virtual instruction.”

Each week consists of a different topic taught using lecture videos, and there are weekly quizzes, assignments, and a final exam. The course is made up of:

Week 1: History of Virtual Education
Week 2: Synchronous and Asynchronous Technologies
Week 3: Transitioning from the Classroom to a Virtual Environment
Week 4: Equity and Access, Funding, and the Law
Week 5: Review

Having done some coursera courses in the past, they are usually well developed, interesting and easy to follow. This could be interesting for anyone looking to understand more about online learning and instruction.