Bite Size lessons on Educational Technology to fit your schedule!

Looking for some professional development? 

Online courses abound, and they are a great way to inject some new ideas or skills into your teaching.

Coffee Courses anyone?

 The Australian National University has developed Coffee courses – open to all, these provide an easy way to learn new ideas for using technology in your teaching. Each coffee course covers a new topic in education technology, teaching online, digital tools, pedagogy, or trends in technology. It is equivalent to a one- or two-hour face-to-face training session, but is done at your own pace from your own desk.You can do them live or dip into the archive of past coffee courses.

Some suggested ‘Coffee courses’ :

Enhancing your lecture: strategies for student engagement

Practical strategies for enhancing a lecture-based class. The course explores discussion techniques to promote active learning among students within the lecture format, and look at how technologies can effectively facilitate this. Designing effective presentations and taking advantage of lecture recordings are also covered in this course.

Teaching with ePortfolios
The ePortfolio tool has a wide range of applications, allowing users to collect, curate and selectively present materials that can be used to design CVs or personal websites and foster early career skills throughout their tertiary education.

Flipping the Classroom
This coffee course covers the basics of how to develop a flipped classroom model for your teaching, with practical ideas, and strategies on how to effectively flip your course.

More Ideas

The Open University has long been at the forefront of free online courses, and has a wide offering. They recently had their 60 millionth visitor, so that is a lot of educating going on. 

Here are a few OpenLearn courses:

In this free course, you will explore the impact of digital technologies on scholarly practice.

The video gives an overview of the course content.

Inclusive Education: Knowing What We Mean
In this course you will look at differing perspectives on inclusion, in particular the way that medical and social models have influenced and shaped current thinking.

There are SO many other options to choose from. 
OpenLearn has nearly 1,000 courses available for free – Check it out

Want even more? 

Erasmus University Rotterdam is using the Coursera platform to offer a course on Assessment in Higher Education: Professional Development for Teachers. Be quick – starts February 28th!

Here are a few others, offered by the College Development Network:

The aim of this programme is to enable teaching and support staff in colleges and other learning environments to understand and apply the principles of cooperative learning to enhance learning effectiveness and the learner experience.
An introduction to Creative Commons and OER.

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