Last week I finished a MOOC-Ed through North Carolina State University. A MOOC-Ed is a Massive Online Open Course for Educators. The course was six weeks and was pretty much self-directed. Each week, a new unit would open, but the previous sections did not close. Teachers were able to finish the course on their own time. This was my first time taking a fully online class, so I was nervous about staying on top of the class. However, because only one unit was open at a time, I stayed focused. I will definitely be taking more MOOC-Ed courses!
The class' focus was coaching digital learning which is the role that I moved into this year. There were teachers from all over the US (and the world) in the class. Some were general ed teachers, some were coaches, and some were working together in coaching teams. It was great to have so many people taking the course because I was able to see how digital learning is working in other schools.
The goals for this course included:
- DEEPEN your understanding of what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology effectively with relevant and rigorous opportunities to build upon your professional needs and knowledge — whether beginning in your role as an instructional coach or seeking advanced strategies;
- EXPLORE relevant frameworks (e.g., TPACK, SAMR, Four Cs), strategies, tools, and resources to advance your digital learning coaching efforts;
- EXPERIENCE multiple opportunities for personalized application of your new learning and job-embedded practice; and
- DEVELOP and share a personal coaching plan to support your school/district's digital/blended learning culture.
- I feel like I made some good connections through Twitter. They designated a hashtag which I tried to use liberally.
- I learned more about Flipgrid and came up with some new ideas for my classroom and the school.
- I designed a coaching action plan that I think will help me continue to implement technology in my building.
- The class also pushed me to complete some curriculum that I designed and gave me new ideas for my staff bathroom tech tips newsletter!
What could be improved:
- Set Twitter chats were at different times each week. I made the very first one but ended up missing the next three because they were on different nights of the week. I hated losing that opportunity for connections and discussion.
- Because you could finish the class on your own time, people were responding on the forums at a much later date. I found myself going back to the forums to see if anyone replied to my posts. I was craving good conversations, but it felt like everyone was too busy to work together (I get it).
- Even though I'm a technology specialist, I am not technically a digital coach. At times it was frustrating in the class because it felt like the class was meant for coaches. I did not always have sufficient conversations about coaching from a teacher perspective to make meaningful progress with a staff.
Thanks for reading. I'll plan on writing again in two weeks! Have a happy Thanksgiving :)
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