19 upcoming MOOCs for educators

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) may have dwindled to a trickle over the Christmas-New Year period but they’re back with a vengeance. Here are 19 courses that are relevant to educators and ELT professionals. All 19 are free and many offer a signature track with a verified certificate for a fee that’s usually less than $50. Several of these courses started last week but I reckon it’s not too late to join.

MOOCs

ELT 

1. English for teaching purposes | Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona – Coursera | Starts February 2 – 4 weeks

2. Introduction to Communication Science | University of Amsterdam – Coursera | February 4 – 7 weeks

3. Shaping the Way We Teach English, 2: Paths to Success in ELT | Univ. of Oregon – Coursera | Starts February 9 – 5 weeks (This is part 2 of the course they ran in January and has a different syllabus)

Teaching 

What is character? Virtue ethics in education | Univ. of Birmingham – FutureLearn | Starts January 19 – 2 weeks

5. Personalized and student centred learning | ISTE – Canvas | February 9 – 5 weeks

6. .Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment | Commonwealth Education Trust – Coursera | Starts January 26 – 6 weeks

7. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 4: Curriculum |  Commonwealth Education Trust – Coursera | Starts February 23 – 7 weeks

8. Reflective Practice for Adult Educators | Inst. for Adult Learning – Canvas | Starts February 23 – 5 weeks

Edtech

9. Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools | Univ. of Houston System – Coursera | Starts Feb 1 – 5 weeks

10. Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom | Univ. of California Irvine – Coursera | Starts Feb 23 – 5 weeks

Elearning & Instructional design 

11. e-Learning Ecologies | Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Coursera | Starts January 26 – 8 weeks

12. Becoming a blended learning designer | UCF – Canvas | Starts February 23 – 12 weeks

13. Minecraft for Educators | Canvas | Starts January 26 – 6 weeks

Leadership & Behavioural

14. Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence | Case Western Preserve Univ. – Coursera | Starts February 2 –  8 weeks

15. Better Leader, Richer Life | Wharton, Univ. of Pennsylvania – Coursera | Starts February 8 – 10 weeks

16. Positive Psychology | Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Coursera | Starts February 9 – 6 weeks

17. Ignite Your Everyday Creativity | State Univ. of New York – Coursera | Starts February 16 – 6 weeks

For our learners

18. Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade (Fundamental English Writing) | Mt. San Jacinto College – Coursera | Starts January 30 – 5 weeks

19. Academic integrity – values, skills & actions | Univ. of Auckland – FutureLearn | Starts Feb 2 – 4 weeks

I hope to meet you virtually in some of these courses. Happy learning! 

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Image attribution: Flickr | Danger Men Working Online by Cory Doctorow (yup the famous SF writer) | CC by SA 2.0

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