Monday, August 19, 2013

5 Great Canvas MOOCs for Teachers

Canvas Network is an open online platform which provides lifelong learners with many chances and learning experiences. As a teacher, I always search for such opportunities to update my knowledge and find new people to follow and interact with. Here are some of the courses that can help teachers to develop their teaching skills and refresh their classroom practices.

1. Task-based Language Teaching with Digital Tools:


Aug. 19 - Sept. 30, 2013

In this course you will explore more than 300 digital tools used to teach English as a second or foreign language. After an introduction to task-based learning, participants will have the opportunity to evaluate a wealth of Web-based and non Web-based digital tools, design digital tasks, explore authentic assessment tasks, and develop task-based lesson plans and a digital task-based syllabus.

2. Becoming a Dynamic Educator:

Sept. 9 - Nov. 3, 2013
We live in a digitally connected world. The way information is generated, shared, processed and distributed is significantly impacting how we learn. If you have a passion for teaching and learning, and want to be an awesome educator now and in the coming decades, this course is for you. We will begin the journey of becoming a dynamic educator for the digital age.

3. X-word Grammar: The Simple Sentence:

Sept. 23 - Dec. 2, 2013

This course is intended for English language teachers and students, world language teachers and students, and everyone else wishing to understand the structure of English. It explains English holistically by describing the fixed order of the sentence and the interrelationship of its parts. This course is not a series of independent lessons, but a deeper, more focused, unified look into the structure of English. Participants quickly discover that all English sentences follow the same principles by identifying the places contained in every sentence and the types of relationships and phrases found in those places. From day one, participants describe English sentences in a simple, straightforward manner and are able to apply this information for editing purposes. These skills facilitate the teaching and learning of other languages as well.

4. Digital Tools for the K-12 Educator:

Oct. 7 - Nov 11, 2013

This course examines various Web tools, reasons for using these tools in the classroom, and encourages you to experiment with the tools. Each week we will explore different instructional methods and utilize emerging technology to develop presentations, posters, organization tools, stories, and scavenger hunts. We will investigate uses and good practices for both teacher-led and student-driven activities through the use of free Web-based tools like Prezi, Wordle, Padlet, Voki, and more.

5. Teaching Online: Reflections on Practice:

Oct.21 - Dec.2, 2013

Designing and facilitating online courses with a diverse student population is a challenge for new, as well as experienced online instructors. This course invites your critical reflection on the methods of online instruction; beliefs and potential bias of the online learner; policies and rules and how they align with course objectives; tone and the purpose of communication. We’ve collected readings and experiences of practice from online instructors and students to provide a foundation for discussion. The decisions they have made will help us make similar or, upon reflection, different choices for ourselves and our students. Those new to online instruction will benefit from the practical knowledge shared in this course. Experienced online instructors and designers will both expand their exposure to new insights and focus on the details of their own practice. The unique community college perspective, with all its diversity, provides a rich backdrop and adds genuine complexity to the discussion.


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