5 Free Educational Technology MOOCs for the New Year


MOOCs, or Massively Open Online Courses are the next generation of online courses. Completely free, MOOCs are hosted by universities who guide learners through a wide range of different subjects. MOOCs allow you to interact with other individuals to talk about the course, and some universities often give a certificate of participation at the end of the course.

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In the New Year, there are some great courses that you can choose from to improve your online teaching and educational technology skills. Here are the best of the bunch:

1. Minecraft For Educators University of Hull

This Canvas MOOC, hosted by the University of Hull looks at using Minecraft in education, and helps teachers gamify learning experiences using the popular game. “You could be a Teacher in Primary school looking to get kids interested in History, or a High School Teacher looking to run lunch clubs in coding and crafting, or maybe you are a parent who is home-schooling their child and would like to use the power of their favorite game to get them interested in writing fiction.” A must for any teacher looking to spice up their learning resources.

2. K12 Blended and Online Learning University System of Georgia

Blended learning has been a popular way of moving instruction from the traditional chalk and talk style teaching, to a more reflexive, discursive way of teaching. This 8 week course gives learners an introduction to Blended and Online  Learning for K12 students and was developed based on standards written by the International Association for K12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

3. Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom  UC Irvine

Keeping up with all the new and innovative technologies for the classroom can seem like an uphill struggle, but this MOOC from UC Irvine explores new innovative learning spaces and tools for the K12 classroom. Learners will compare and contrast tools for use in K-12 virtual instruction, as well as examine best practices for implementing and managing these tools.

4. Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills  University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has put together a comprehensive course which looks at nature of 21st century skills and their assessment, with a link to teaching styles and approaches suitable for a classroom in the 21st century.

5. Introduction to Learning Technologies University of Saskatchewan

Designed by the University of Saskatchewan, this MOOC introduces learners to learning technologies such as blogs and blogging, Twitter, social bookmarking, wikis, Skype and Google Hangouts, personal learning networks, digital literacy, and digital citizenship, which can help support student collaboration.

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