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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Blended Learning Practice (BLP) MOOC

The goal of the BLP MOOC is to introduce blended learning as an important and rapidly developing form of education, with an emphasis on the benefits it offers to both educators and students, including greater flexibility and convenience, as well as potential increases in learner creativity and independence.

The course has been designed to assist teachers and other educational professionals to adopt blended learning strategies through a step-by-step constructivist and design-based approach. Throughout the course, you will be able to reflect on decisions taken to provide an authentic learning experience in your own context. It will provide a general discussion of types of blended learning in reference to the level of education, the needs of the students, and the subject being taught. The discussions and associated activities will review pedagogy, materials, and technology usage.

To learn more or register for this MOOC, visit Click to download the BLP-MOOC Brochure.

Learning to Learn Online (LTLO) MOOC

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Learn how online education differs from traditional classrooms while you explore and develop your own personal strategies for online learning success. You will be guided through an interactive investigation and self-reflection process to help you determine your learning preferences and create your own personal strategy for successful online learning. We will address common misconceptions, frustrations and fears about online learning and introduce techniques to help overcome such obstacles. Various models of online courses will be explored as well as the concept of a "personal learning space."

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To register in this free MOOC, visit LTLO Registration.

Learning to Learn Online Express (LTLO-X) MOOC

Learning to Learn Online Express (open course, Athabasca University) runs June 1 – 28, 2020 and is a free course for students between the age of 14 and 21 years, facing online learning for the first time. This short course focuses on what the experience of online learning is really like, the new kinds of relationships you will have with your teacher and classmates, and how to keep yourself motivated and moving ahead towards your goals as you learn key strategies and secrets for success. Moving your education online can mean adopting a whole new approach to learning, one with more independence but also more responsibilities in deciding when, where, how, and perhaps most importantly, why you're learning online. Registration is open.

A non-interactive review copy of the course will be available to parents and teachers in late May.


Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL) MOOC

As technology becomes ever more pervasive in teaching and learning environments, teachers in diverse contexts face many challenges as well as opportunities. This five week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is designed to help teachers build their knowledge and skillset in teaching and learning with technology. Instructors Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes and Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski are excited to connect with teachers around the world in this free, flexible, and accessible course.

Teachers who want to learn more about teaching with technology will find this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL), informative and engaging. Using up-to-date learning design and simple, accessible technology, the course runs on an easy-to-use learning platform available via the Internet. The course is designed for teachers who want to build on their knowledge and practice in teaching and learning with technology. It will run over five weeks and requires approximately three to five hours of time each week. Designed to accommodate teachers’ busy schedules,the course offers flexibility with options for learning the content. You will learn from readings, videos, discussions with other participants and instructors, meaningful exercises, quizzes and short assignments. Certification is available for those who wish to complete all required exercises and quizzes.

To learn more or register for this MOOC, visit Click to download the TEL-MOOC Brochure.


Report available on the Design, Development and Delivery of Technology-Enabled Learning MOOC 

A collaboration between the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada, and the Commonwealth of Learning based out of British Columbia, Canada, this five-week MOOC is intended to engage teachers who work in any level of education, are from all over the globe, and are interested in technology-enabled learning and open education resources. 

The final report is now available here.

Updated May 22 2020 by CDE

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