[NHDOE-ETNews] ET News: Massive Online Open Course on "Digital Learning Transition"
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ITEM: Massive Online Open Course on "Digital Learning Transition"
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March 19, 2013
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Massive Online Open Course on "Digital Learning Transition" Will Help
Educators Navigate Shift to Digital Learning by Turning Them into
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Alliance for Excellent Education and Friday
Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University
opened enrollment for a first-of-its-kind Massive Online Open Course for
Educators (MOOC-Ed). Titled "Digital Learning Transition," the free
course will examine how the effective use of digital learning can help
school districts meet educational challenges, including implementing
college- and career-ready standards for all students and preparing
teachers to make effective use of technology to enhance teaching and
The course-a component of the Alliance's "Project 24" initiative and the
first of a series of MOOC-Eds planned by the Friday Institute-will help
school district leaders develop a set of digital learning goals to
address their students' specific needs. Participating educators will
learn how technology and the global information age impact both what
students need to know and how and when student learning can take place.
They will study the elements necessary for a successful digital learning
transition, develop a set of goals for digital learning aligned to
desired student outcomes, and create an action plan to meet these goals.
"By participating in this ground-breaking effort, educators can
experience first-hand how digital learning can change teaching and
improve learning," said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for
Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. "At the same
time, they will develop a valuable plan for how to take their school or
district through a digital learning transition."
Throughout the course, participants will have access to digital learning
experts who have successfully implemented digital learning efforts that
are supporting teachers and positively impacting student learning. And
by conducting the course on such a massive scale-literally thousands of
district leaders can participate-participants will also benefit from
"crowdsourcing," a collaborative professional learning experience that
uses the "wisdom of the crowd" to discuss ideas, share strategies and
resources, and exchange constructive feedback with other participants in
similar roles and schools.
"The Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed enables educators to experience
using innovative technologies as learners and collaborators, which will
help them gain insights into what these technologies can mean for
students," said Glenn Kleiman, executive director of the Friday
Institute. "We look forward to having many innovative educators join us
in exploring this new form of large-scale, flexible, multimedia, and
collaborative professional development."
Each of the seven course sessions
<http://dlt.mooc-ed.org/course_info/outline> will include core
resources and supplemental materials around a specific topic, while
allowing for a great deal of personalization and flexibility.
Participants are expected to navigate their own paths, consistent with
their own goals and the needs of their school or district, while being
supported and guided by the facilitators, resources, and fellow
Running from April 8 through May 24, the seven-week course is designed
for school and district leaders, including superintendents, principals,
curriculum directors, technology directors, financial officers,
instructional coaches, lead teachers, and others involved in planning
and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. Participants should
expect to commit between two and four hours each week, but there will be
opportunities for those who wish to invest more time and explore issues
Interested individuals can obtain more information and register for the
course at dlt.mooc-ed.org <http://dlt.mooc-ed.org/> . After registering,
they are strongly encouraged to take Project 24's free online self
t/get-ready/> to help frame a vision for digital learning and specify
how technology can help align efforts to achieve college- and
career-ready standards. Upon completion of the self assessment,
participants will receive a personalized report analyzing their
district's progress in integrating technology into instruction.
The MOOC-Ed is part of "Project 24 <http://www.all4ed.org/project24> ,"
a ground-breaking new initiative led by the Alliance for Excellent
Education to help school districts plan for and effectively use
technology and digital learning. Project 24 is an urgent call to action
on the need for systemic planning around the effective use of technology
and digital learning to achieve the goal of career and college readiness
for all students. Project 24 participants benefit from free
comprehensive district-level planning tools, expert advice, creative
ideas, and tangible suggestions from experienced education experts and
nonprofit education membership organizations. Already, more than 800
school leaders and 400 school district teams-representing 4.7 million
students-have signed up to participate.
The Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed <http://dlt.mooc-ed.org/preview>
is provided by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
<https://www.fi.ncsu.edu/> as part of ongoing work to support the
effective use of technologies and innovative teaching and learning
practices in K-12 education.
"Make no mistake; digital learning holds the key to preparing millions
of additional students for college and a productive career, but district
leaders need to approach this opportunity with sound planning to
leverage the potential and achieve the best results," said Wise. "Going
forward, our goal is to get every district to sign up and start
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national
policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and
federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels
and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and
citizenship in the twenty-first century. www.all4ed.org.
Follow the Alliance on Twitter (www.twitter.com/all4ed);
Facebook (www.facebook.com/all4ed); and
the Alliance's "High School Soup" blog (www.all4ed.org/blog).
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the North Carolina
State University College of Education conducts research, develops
educational resources, provides professional development programs for
educators, advocates to improve teaching and learning, and helps inform
policymakers, all centered on innovations that will help prepare K-12
students for college, a career, and citizenship in the global
information age. fi.ncsu.edu
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