I was looking at my record of completed courses on Coursera (sadly, it’s only three: Gamification, Fiction of Relationship and Art & Inquiry) and I was instantly motivated to go on a MOOC binge. I have a strategy now to help me deal with MOOCs.
- Flick through ones that seem novel
- Audit (in that first week of uni sense of the word) ones that sound interesting but not useful
- Focus and complete ones that are tied to professional and personal goals.
Additionally, I have some time on my hands and hope to be able to use it for gloriously free and flexible self-improvement. Here are some MOOCs that I think might be relevant to educators.
How many MOOCs can you successfully stuff into your cognitive pocket?
- 5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers, NWCO BOCES on Canvas Network | Started May 31
- Teachers Teaching Online by a whole host of ELT greats (Shelly Terrell, Graham Stanley, Marisa Constantinides, Chuck Sandy, Heike Philp and more) on WizIQ | Starts June 15
- Teaching goes Massive: New Skills Required, University of Zurich on Coursera | Starts June 23
- Teaching Online: Reflections on Practice, Kirkwood Community College on Canvas Network | Starts June 23
- The Entrepreneurial Educator: Designing for the 21st Century, Sonoma State University on Canvas Network | Starts June 23
- Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills, University of Melbourne on Coursera | Starts June 30
- Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art, Museum of Modern Art on Coursera | Starts July 7
- Learning to Teach Online, University of New South Wales on Coursera | Starts July 28
I can’t recommend MOMA’s Art & Activity enough. I did the first instalment of this course – Art & Inquiry – last year and got a lot of ideas on using art to develop communication activities.
- e-Learning Ecologies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on Coursera | Starts June 30
- Statistics in Education for Mere Mortals on Canvas Network | Starts July 7
- Learning how to learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, UC San Diego on Coursera | Starts Aug 1
This one sounds a bit fluffy and self-helpish but I’m intrigued nonetheless.
- Greek and Roman Mythology, University of Pennsylvania on Coursera | Started June 8
- Fantasy and Science Fiction, the Human Mind, Our Modern World, University of Michigan on Coursera | Started June 2
You might wonder how these are relevant to educators but they are both excellent courses and I wasn’t able to follow through on them the last time I enrolled. In fact, just yesterday, I watched Professor Rabkin in Fantasy & Science Fiction give us a lesson on phonology with voiced stops et al because the Grimm Brothers were also phonologists and we explored how the glass slipper in Cinderella is a mistranslation of the French word ‘vair’ (also an arcane English word) which means squirrel fur and not ‘verre’ which means glass. Fascinating if you’re a language nerd like me. I also like the structure of the course. You read the book prescribed for the week e.g., Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, share a reflective essay for peer feedback and then video-lectures on the book are released. So you get expert confirmation on what you’ve read and the elements you’ve reflected on.
- Thinking like a Writer, Michigan State University on Canvas Network | Starts June 23
- Study Skills for International Students, University of East Anglia on FutureLearn | Starts June 30
- Talk the Talk: How to Give a Great Presentation, The Open University on FutureLearn | Starts July 21
- Exploring English: Language and Culture, British Council on FutureLearn | Starts Sep 1
Happy (gratuitous) learning!