In the last ten months, teachers have had to design and facilitate learning for various teaching and learning landscapes. Teachers in states hit hard by the pandemic, like my home state of California, have been online since March. Some teachers are on a hybrid schedule seeing students a couple of days each week. Others are juggling the demands of the concurrent classroom, simultaneously teaching students in class and online. Regardless of the learning landscape, the last year has presented a steep learning curve for everyone in education.
In the summer, I published a course titled Getting Started with Blended and Online Learning to support teachers as they prepared for an unpredictable year. That first course covered the basics of designing a blended or online course, providing both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, engaging students in academic discussions, and building an online learning community.
I have released a second course titled Advancing with Blended and Online Learning to help educators develop in their practice. This course is designed to help teachers architect learning experiences that strive to:
- Differentiate and personalize learning experiences.
- Help students develop their metacognitive and self-regulation skills.
- Give students more agency over their learning.
- Provide more opportunities for students to control the pace at which they progress through learning experiences.
This self-paced course provides teachers with a deep dive into planning and facilitating learning for various teaching and learning landscapes. Each module includes video lessons, resources, templates, and action items designed to encourage teachers to take what they are learning and create resources and lessons they can use with students immediately. I’ve included a bonus lesson at the end of each module that specifically addresses how teachers can use the strategies and models in a concurrent classroom.
Below is an overview of the content. Each module consists of four to nine lessons. Each lesson includes video instruction and an action item to encourage teachers to apply what they are learning. The modules also include templates and resources to support teachers.
|Module 1||Metacognitive Skill Building–Teaching Students to Think About Their Learning|
|Module 2||Next Level Station Rotation Model|
|Module 3||Choice Boards & Choose Your Own Adventure Learning Experiences|
|Module 4||Building a Playlist to Differentiate or Personalize Learning|
|Module 5||Increasing Engagement and Student Agency with the 5Es Instructional Model|
Upon completion of the course, teachers will automatically receive a certificate of completion. If your school accepts professional development units (PDUs) toward your position on the pay scale, I’ve partnered with the Teachers College of San Joaquin’s Professional Learning Center so that educators can purchase non-degree PDUs.
Teachers taking either course will have access to an online community where they can ask questions, share resources, and get support from other educators as they work through the course!
The course is currently on SALE through the end of January! If you are interested in purchasing licenses in bulk for your teachers or need to use a purchase order to buy the course, please complete this form.