Becoming a Better Teacher MOOC

Becoming a better teacher

I am one of the educators on the upcoming Becoming a Better Teacher MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Futurelearn.  Many of my colleagues have contributed to this MOOC and there are a lot of insightful perspectives from practitioners on reflection and CPD.

So, what’s the course about: 

Keeping up with professional development as a teacher can be hard to fit into a busy timetable. It doesn’t need to be. This online course, broken into simple steps, will help you develop your reflective skills and improve your practice in the classroom.

And who is it for? 

This course has been especially designed for the needs of teachers in India, particularly those teaching in English or who teach English as a subject. However, it is also relevant for teachers around the world including those from other low-resource contexts.

The MOOC is free and will run for six weeks starting April 24. Hope to see you on the course!

Upcoming MOOCs for educators | Jun to Aug 2016

I haven’t done a single MOOC since the start of the year but I can dream right?! Here are some upcoming courses that might be up your alley. All free.



Blended learning 



Have you done any MOOCs this year? Which ones do you recommend? 

Upcoming MOOCs for ELT educators | Aug – Oct 2015

Give MOOCs a chance …

If you haven’t tried Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) yet, it’s time to try them now. Enroll and explore a course and see what it has to offer. If you find it interesting and relevant, commit to completing all the assignments and task because you’ll have a far richer, more fulfilling learning experience. I highly recommend Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (the week on Walt Whitman is oh so moving) and Web 2.0 tools which although meant for K12 teachers was a course that I got a loads of tips from. And if you have enrolled in MOOCs before but haven’t really been able to get yourself immersed in one, give them a chance. Each MOOC is different. The trick is to do no more than one at a time and spend the first week ‘auditing’ the course. Then, create reminders on your calendar for course milestones (some MOOC platforms offer a downloadable calendar) and keep at it!


All of the following courses are free.





  • Academic Integrity: Values, Skills, Action | Univ. of Auckland | FutureLearn | Aug 3 – Sep 3
  • A beginner’s guide to writing in English for university study | Univ. of Reading | FutureLearn | Sep 28 – Nov 5




Image attribution: One of my Learning Spots by Kent Manning | Flickr | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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.



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)


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


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! 


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