The MOOC is a good platform for collaboration-based professional development because “it’s self-directed with lots of opportunities for engagement,” explained Glenn Kleinman, executive director of the Friday Institute and professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the North Carolina State University College of Education. “Participants are encouraged to develop their own learning path since their aren’t rigid guidelines…we know that everyone is at different point of digital learning implementation. There’s also a flexible timing schedule and peer-supported learning through tips and constructive feedback from other K-12 leaders and administrators.”

Topics covered in the MOOC

The MOOC is based on the framework developed by AEE as part of Project 24’s work with the Friday Institute:

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The framework, “Digital Transition Vision-Plan-Implement-Assess cycle” focuses on the seven digital learning technology planning elements, which are all centered on improving student learning:

1. Budget & Resources

2. Curriculum & Instruction

3. Use of Time

4. Technology & Infrastructure

5. Data & Assessment

6. Academic Supports

7. Professional Learning

“It’s important to look carefully at this framework,” said Mary Ann Wolf, CEO of Wolf Ed and education consultant, “to see not only what you need to do for digital learning in each of those areas, but also how they work together.”

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