50 FREE Open Courses on Teaching With Technology

Online Colleges and Universities has published a really useful list of open courses on teaching with technology. This comes at the right time as some of our budgets allow for little professional development. Some of the institutions represented in the list are:

MIT President, Charles M. Vest, anticipates that within ten years, lecture notes, course outlines, reading lists and assignments for over 2000 MIT classes will be freely available on the OCW Web site. http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci540010,00.html

Among the list of 50 courses are:

Creativity, Community and ICT
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3623
This unit engages with the debates surrounding the term ‘creativity’ and explores ways in which ICT creates new opportunities for creativity and collaborative working.

Understanding Online Interaction
http://ocw.usu.edu/Instructional_Technology/understanding-online-interaction
This course is designed to provide an introductory level of understanding of the manner in which individuals interact with one another via the network.

Technologies for Creative Learning
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/media-arts-and-sciences/mas-714j-technologies-for-creative-learning-fall-2009/
This course explores the design of innovative educational technologies and creative learning environments, drawing on specific case studies such as the LEGO® Programmable Brick, Scratch software and Computer Clubhouse after-school learning centers.

Interactive Multimedia Production
http://ocw.usu.edu/Instructional_Technology/interactive-multimedia-production
This course familiarizes students with Macromedia Flash. Topics to be covered include fundamental programming concepts (variables, variable types, code re-use, commenting code, and basic control structures) in addition to the fundamentals of the flash environment.

Teaching Using Digital Video in Secondary Schools
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1543
This unit explores the role of digital media as a teaching tool, focusing on video in particular.

One or more of these FREE professional development opportunities may be of use to you or someone you know.
Check out the complete list at http://www.onlinecollegesanduniversities.com/2010/09/05/50-excellent-open-courses-on-teaching-with-technology/

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8 thoughts on “50 FREE Open Courses on Teaching With Technology

  1. Morgan Mohler says:

    Hi, this is Morgan Mohler! The information you provided in this post was very eye opening for me. I was not aware that there were classes like this offered for teachers to take if they were interested. I am so glad you included links for some as well as the full list. I used the links to gain further knowledge on the courses and got a better feel for what each course entailed. Thanks for all the information!! Once again, I will be summarizing the two blog posts I commented on on my student blog. Here is the link to that if you are interested in reading: http://www.mohlermorganedm310.blogspot.com. Also, here is a link to the class blog: http://www.edm310.blogspot.com

  2. Jared Datema says:

    Thank you for sharing the links and brief summaries to these courses. There is so much valuable information. I am sure I will be able to use the information in my classroom. I am going to pass the links page on to my class through my blog so that other students can see the online resources that are available for professional development. My personal blog for my class is: http://datemajarededm310.blogspot.com.

  3. LaChandra Lett says:

    Thanks Mrs. Thumann for providing this information. This information is important to teachers and future teachers. I am a senior at The University of South Alabama and have limited resources to help my future career. Thanks for sharing the information and I look forward to your future postings.
    My class blog is: http://lettlachandraedm310.blogspot.com/

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