Beginning January 20, the Alliance and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University will run a new version of the Planning for the Digital Learning Transition in K–12 Schools massive open online course for educators (DLT MOOC-Ed). Building on the Alliance’s Project 24 initiative, the course will help K–12 educators plan and implement digital learning initiatives that enable their schools and districts to meet educational challenges. Available at no cost, the course will run from January 20 through March 16.
“Students and educators are facing new challenges, including higher expectations for student learning that are associated with new college- and career-ready standards,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia. “This MOOC-Ed will allow educators to experience first-hand how digital learning can change teaching and help students meet these higher standards. It will also help them develop a valuable plan for how to navigate their school or district through a digital learning transition.”
The DLT MOOC-Ed is designed for school and district leaders, such as superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, technology directors, financial officers, principals, instructional coaches, library media specialists, and lead teachers, as well as university faculty, consultants, parents, and others involved in planning and implementing K–12 digital learning initiatives.
And while course materials focus on the United States, educators from around the world are welcome and have enriched the experience for everyone in prior versions of the course. The two previous versions of the MOOC-Ed have drawn participation from more than 4,400 individuals. Below are a few comments from previous participants:
- “No matter the issue I was thinking about or planning to work on, someone had a suggestion or was already working on a similar area. The dialogue and resources were timely and thought provoking as well as helpful.”
- “Sharing resources, plans, pitfalls, and celebrations of folks from so many different economic and sociological backgrounds really helped one feel ‘We are not in this alone’ and gave me the inspiration to push administration for more tech-focused professional development.”
The new version of the DLT MOOC-Ed builds upon lessons learned and feedback from the first two versions. Part one of the new MOOC-Ed will focus on the big picture of envisioning the future of schools, changing the culture of teaching and learning, and implementing digital learning transitions in exemplary schools and districts. Part two focuses on addressing professional development, technology infrastructure, community engagement, use of data, and other elements of successful DLT plans.
The Alliance recommends, when possible, participation by teams from schools, districts, or other organizations; having local colleagues work together to relate the DLT MOOC-Ed lessons to their own context makes the course even more valuable. If a team is not available, individuals are welcome to participate on their own.
Registration is now open at https://courses.mooc-ed.org/dlt3.