Upcoming Free On-Line Courses

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If you haven’t tried a MOOC yet (a Massive, Open, Online Course), it’s time! These free courses vary in quality, but many are taught by experts like Dan Ariely and Dylan Wiliam and can be exceptional.

Here’s what’s on offer at FutureLearn (my personal favorite go-to for MOOCs; I love the way they are organized and they are easy to jump in and out of.)

Blended Learning — A free course for the Vocational Education and Training sector to promote effective practice and pedagogy in blended learning.

Innovation: the World’s Greatest — Understand what innovation means and consider the history and developments of innovations that are important in our daily lives.

Learning Online: Searching and Researching — Improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyse sources of information.

Babies in Mind: Why the Parent’s Mind Matters  — Find out how parents and caregivers influence children’s minds, from conception through infancy, with this free online course.

Check out all the FutureLearn courses here.

Another great place for free online learning is Edx.

Astrophysics — Learn Contemporary Astrophysics From Leaders in the Field.

Dog Behavior and Cognition — Learn How Dogs Evolved from Wolves to our Best Friends.

The Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World. 

Behavioral Economics in Action — Learn how to use behavioral economics to design experiments and develop tools to help people make better decisions.

Check out all the edX courses here.

New MOOCs starting this fall!

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Have you tried a MOOC yet?

MOOC stands for massive, open, online course. These free classes are an excellent way to learn something new or simply deepen your learning in a particular field.

In the coming weeks, you can explore our oceans with Future Learn or learn more about Professional Practices for English Language Teaching.

Options at EdX include the Science of Everyday Thinking and the Ancient Greek Hero in 24 hours.

Coursera includes Reasoning, Data Analysis, and Writing as well as Introduction to Finance: Valuation and Investing among their offerings.

You can explore the hundreds of offerings available through the four catalogues below:

1.  Future Learn

“We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.”

2. EdX 

“EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT” read more here.

3. Coursera

Coursera’s mission:  “We provide universal access to the world’s best education.

“Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free” read more here.

4. MOOC List

“What is MOOC List? MOOC List is an aggregator (directory) of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by different providers. MOOC List is a website where you can find free online courses (MOOCs) offered by the best universities around the world. We don’t give MOOCs. We don’t create MOOCs.”  Read more here.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to take an entire course. It’s okay to dip into several that sound interesting. Watch a video or two. See what you can learn!

New MOOCs for Educators

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Here are a couple of upcoming MOOCs from MOOC-Ed:
Fraction Foundations (January 26 – March 22)

This eight-week course will help you teach fractions concepts and skills more effectively by increasing your understanding of students’ thinking and implementing research-based approaches in the classroom. Designed for elementary teachers, math coaches and teacher educators, this course will address rigorous curriculum standards for fractions, whether from the Common Core State Standards or from other up-to-date standards.

Click here to learn more about or register for the course.
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Learning Differences (February 9 – March 22)
This six-week long course will explore the habits of mind and problem-solving tools that a teacher should have in order to address all students’ learning differences. The course encourages teachers to understand their own learning differences and includes strategies for learning differences in executive function, working memory, and motivation. Instructional coaches, media coordinators, and teacher leaders will have the opportunity to participate in an additional two units focused on strategies for coaching and supporting other teachers in their work with learning differences.
Click here to learn more about or register for the course.
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Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning (February 16 – March 29)
This six-week course will explore what it means to read, write, speak, and listen for learning and creating knowledge within a discipline. Designed specifically for teacher educators and 4-12th grade teachers in English and Language Arts, Science, History or Social Studies, and Mathematics, this course is open to all educators in K-12 and postsecondary levels interested in learning more about disciplinary literacy for deeper learning. Additionally, this course provides an optional PLC Facilitation Guide to assist teams as they work through the MOOC-Ed together.
Click here to learn more about or register for the course.
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Coaching Digital Learning (February 23 – April 5)
This six-week course will allow you to collaborate with other instructional technology coaches, specialists, and those who guide the integration of digital learning to directly enhance and support student learning. You will deepen your understanding of what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology effectively; explore relevant frameworks, strategies, tools, and resources; and develop and share an Instructional Technology Coaching Action Plan to support your school or district’s digital learning culture.
Click here to learn more about or register for the course.”
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To learn more about MOOC-Ed, click here.

Start the year off with a MOOC!

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Our ability to learn whatever we want, whenever we want has never been easier!

Hundreds of free, on-line, open access courses are available to you via your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

MOOC stands for massive, open, online course.

Below are three of the best resources for checking out MOOC offerings:

1. EdX 

“EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT” read more here.

2. Coursera

Coursera’s mission:  “We provide universal access to the world’s best education.

“Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free” read more here.

3. MOOC List

“What is MOOC List? MOOC List is an aggregator (directory) of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by different providers. MOOC List is a website where you can find free online courses (MOOCs) offered by the best universities around the world. We don’t give MOOCs. We don’t create MOOCs.”  Read more here.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to take an entire course. It’s okay to dip into several that sound interesting. Watch a video or two. See what you can learn!

Check out all the free learning available in a MOOC near you.

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If you haven’t tried one yet, you should definitely dabble in a MOOC. These Massive Open Online Courses are free and they cover all sorts of topics.

Over at Open Culture, they note that there are a 100 MOOCs starting in November. Check out the sample they mention:

They have a comprehensive list of MOOCs here. Full story here.