Education Courses

Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests
ADD FREE starts 11 May 2015
Improve your English and prepare for tests, such as IELTS reading, writing, speaking and listening, with this free online course. Anyone thinking about taking an English language test will find this course useful, but all English language learners will benefit from the tips and advice given in the course. You'll be taken through each stage of the IELTS test — reading, writing, speaking and listening. At each stage there will be advice from our video tutor and a team of experienced IELTS educators.

Instructional Design for Mobile Learning
ADD FREE starts 4 May 2015
An introduction to instructional design principles for teaching with mobile technology. Learners will explore designing and integrating mobile learning into a course; pedagogies for teaching with mobile technology; a framework for mobile learning design strategies and simple and apps for creating mobile content and instruction. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend virtual events facilitated by mobile learning designers and practitioners.

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching
ADD FREE starts 20 April 2015
What is language? How do we learn meaning in a new language? What is easy and hard about learning another language? And what is the best way to teach other languages? This free online course suggests some answers to these questions. Over four weeks, you'll discover some of the latest ideas in research and practice in language learning and teaching. We will explore second language learning and what it means to learn language; consider language classrooms and how teaching affects our language learning; and look at the use of technology in teaching, and its benefits and challenges for language learning. The course includes quizzes, activities, discussions and videos filmed around the world.

The Art of Teaching
ADD FREE starts 13 April 2015
Teaching has always been more of a vocation than a profession. Every responsible citizen of the world was once molded by a good teacher. It takes a special skill to impart knowledge to another person, whether a child or an adult. That is what makes teaching an art — knowing what level your learners are at and presenting the material to them in a way they will not only grasp and remember, but be able to make practical use of. This is the first teacher-training MOOC offered on the edX platform.

Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching
ADD FREE starts 20 April 2015
Dyslexia affects 10-15% of the population. Dyslexic students are often either exempted from the study of additional languages or they underperform in foreign language classes. This free course is designed for current and trainee teachers of additional languages. It offers you practical tools and theoretical insights to help you accommodate and meet the needs of students with dyslexia in foreign or second language classes.

Preparing for the AP Environmental Science Exam- Part 4: Exam Review
ADD FREE starts 21 April 2015
Preparing for the AP Environmental Science exam requires a deep understanding of many different topics in physics as well as an understanding of the AP exam and the types of questions it asks. This course is Part 4 of the series, "Preparing for the AP Environmental Science Exam." It will provide you with study guides, review material and practice exams that cover all material relevant to the AP exam. You’ll have access to live help and review sessions with AP teachers and teaching assistants throughout the course.

Tecnologías Para la Educación
ADD FREE starts 28 April 2015
Este es un curso destinado a profesores de todos los niveles. En él aprenderás a sacar partido de las nuevas tecnologías en tu labor docente para crear una experiencia de aprendizaje nueva y enriquecedora. Si eres profesor y quieres conocer la nueva enseñanza que viene, no puedes perdértelo. En este curso aprenderás a encontrar información en Internet de gran utilidad para tu labor docente y a utilizar herramientas para crear presentaciones visuales impactantes y estimulantes. Conocerás multitud de plataformas y herramientas disponibles en Internet que permiten crear nuevas experiencias de enseñanza-aprendizaje, así como crear una comunicación increíblemente eficaz, tanto profesor- alumno como alumno-alumno. El aprendizaje con tecnología es multi-plataforma y multi-dispositivo, y se extiende más allá del aula, incluso de una forma global.

Mastering American eLearning
ADD FREE starts 23 Mar 2015
This skill-building course will help non-U.S. students, first generation immigrants and foreign-born professionals better understand and master American eLearning as well as other U.S. virtual environments for college and career success. Upon completing the course, you’ll be able to systematically review and examine required levels of proficiency in terms of awareness, knowledge, skills and attitudes; examine how gaps in awareness, knowledge, skills and attitudes can cause barriers to learning and work performance; identify and explore effective strategies, best practices, skill-building techniques and helpful resources for e-learning; and self-assess your perceived level of mastery in various levels of competencies and develop personal strategies for improvement.

Design and Development of Games for Learning
ADD FREE starts 1 Apr 2015
The field of learning games is growing fast, with interest from academics, publishers, schools and startups. But what makes a good learning game? Where do ideas come from and how do you create them? This project-based course will answer those questions and explore the process of designing and developing educational games. In addition, the course will focus on the elements of assessment, implementation and marketing. We’ll look at the evolution of educational video games and hear from experts working on many aspects of learning games from design to development to implementation. And we’ll help you design and create your own learning game and surrounding curriculum.

Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom
ADD FREE starts 13 Apr 2015
This course will help you ‘up' your game and develop the advanced level skills and techniques that elude even the most experienced virtual teachers. We will examine the pitfalls beginning teachers encounter and learn how to overcome them by focusing on the fundamentals that have the greatest impact on student learning in a blended or online environment. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from a variety of experienced K-12 teachers and be challenged to assess your own skills and apply what you are learning by creating a guide, assignment, or resource that you’ll be able to use in a class that you teach now or in the future. Upon completion of the course, you'll have a better understanding of the basics, and you'll be able to put them together like a pro to empower your future students to be voracious learners who are ready to go out and make the world a better place.

Shaping the Way We Teach English, 1: The Landscape of English Language Teaching
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
In this five-week course, you will learn effective approaches to English language teaching. This is the first of two courses designed for teacher training based on the internationally-recognized "Shaping the Way We Teach English" videos and resources and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the University of Oregon. You can begin with either course. The curriculum is aimed at English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, both those who are intending to pursue this field as a career and those already working in the field who would like to revise and refresh their methods and approaches. The materials presented in the course should complement college courses such as Introduction to TEFL/TESOL Methods.

Common Core in Action II: Exploring Literacy Design Collaborative Tools
ADD FREE starts 30 Mar 2015
In this free course, you will learn about and explore tools to incorporate Common Core literacy standards into your content area. You’ll explore Literacy Design Collaborative resources and develop a plan to use one of those resources within your context. Each week, you’ll explore one aspect of the Literacy Design Collaborative model, choosing from a variety of resources to differentiate for your own learning. You’ll then participate in a discussion forum to share your insights, questions and applications with others

Common Core in Action: Math Classroom Challenges
ADD FREE starts 30 Mar 2015
Participants in this course will have an opportunity to engage in a community of learners using an inquiry cycle focusing on math formative assessments as a strategy for implementing CCSS in math. The six-week course focuses on the implementation of a Classroom Challenge: a 1 – 2 day lesson developed by the Mathematics Assessment Project based on formative assessment and the CCSSM. In the final section, you will compare the initial and post assessment data, and discuss how using the Classroom Challenge in your class enhanced student understanding as well as your own teaching practice.

University Teaching 101
ADD FREE starts 16 Mar 2015
In this six-week course, higher education professionals, newly hired university educators and others interested in enhancing their teaching techniques in a university setting will acquire the foundational knowledge of the science of teaching and learning, and develop skills and strategies for teaching at the university level.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning 7:
Being a Professional

ADD FREE starts 16 Mar 2015
This course will help you to examine what is expected of you as a member of the teaching profession. The curriculum will explore ethical behavior and what you can do to act professionally. You’ll learn about developing your own philosophy of teaching and the importance of continuing to improve your knowledge and skills. You’ll also consider what it means to be part of a community of professionals, working with others to improve what your school and profession.

Learning How to Learn
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This course offered by the University of California (San Diego) gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, math, science, sports and many other disciplines. You will learn how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates or "chunks" information. The course will also explore illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination and best practices shown to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

How to Succeed in College
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In this free multimedia course developed by the University of Kentucky, students will interact and plan their transition to higher education and beyond. The course incorporates presentations, videos and social media while focusing on strategies for student success. Various perspectives are introduced through interviews with faculty, alumni and current students to provide a holistic view of the college experience. Topics include instructor expectations, social interaction, acclimating to new environments, strategies for studying, student resources and basic issues in psychology.

Copyright Law for Educators and Librarians
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Fear and uncertainty about copyright law often plague educators and sometimes prevent creative teaching. This free course offered by three professors from Duke and Emory University and University of North Carolina is a professional development opportunity designed to provide an introduction to U.S. copyright law and to empower teachers and librarians at all grade levels. The course will also be informative for writers and others desiring a better understanding of present-day copyright law. Each of the four units of the course includes five or six video lectures featuring all three instructors. The total lecture time per week is approximately 60-90 minutes. Targeted readings are given each week, adding 45-60 minutes to the time required for the course.

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Introduction to Computer Programming
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