Digital learning MOOC now open to school leaders

Participants will study the elements necessary for a successful digital learning transition.

Enrollment opens today for a first-of-its-kind Massive Online Open Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) that will help school district leaders make the shift to digital instruction in their schools.

This free online course is offered by the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) in partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. A component of AEE’s “Project 24” initiative and the first of a series of MOOC-Eds planned by the Friday Institute, the course was first announced during Digital Learning Day in February.

Titled “Digital Learning Transition,” the course will examine how the effective use of digital learning can help school districts meet educational challenges, including implementing college- and career-ready standards for all students and preparing teachers to make effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Running from April 8 through May 24, the seven-week course is designed for school and district leaders, including superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, technology directors, financial officers, instructional coaches, lead teachers, and others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. Participants should expect to commit between two and four hours each week, but there will be opportunities for those who want to invest more time and explore issues more deeply, AEE says.

Participants will study the elements necessary for a successful digital learning transition, develop a set of goals for digital learning aligned with desired student outcomes, and create an action plan to meet these goals.

(Next page: More information about the course)

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