Using the first taxonomy of teaching and learning, the active blended learning micro degree explores five digital-age pedagogies that empower teachers to teach effectively in the 21st century.
Unlike most “Teaching with Technology” courses, this series of courses is based on a framework of digital-age pedagogies. Using the research-supported ACT pedagogy framework, you are shown how to easily and effectively apply a range of technologies to your teaching. In addition to learning how to apply many freely available tools for teaching, you will also develop lesson plans for each of the ACT pedagogies. This means that at the end of the courses you are ready to practically apply what you have learned.
The Active Blended Learning micro-degree consists of 7 courses:
You will receive a certificate on successful completion of each course.
On top of the courses, you will also receive access to the following:
The Active Blended Learning micro-degree is ideal for educators (teachers, lecturers, trainers) who are looking for approaches and tools to enable effective blended learning. The focus of the micro-degree is on in-class, blended learning, however, the content can equally be applied to online teaching and learning. The micro-degree assumes no prior understanding of blended learning approaches or tools.
The ACTIVE BLENDED LEARNING MICRO-DEGREE includes full membership of the ACTIVATED ACADEMY for one year, giving you access to the DIGITAL TOOLBOX, support from lecturers community interaction, and invitations to webinars and industry panel discussions.
This first course in the certification aims to introduce you to the basics of learning online and provides an overview of the ACT approach. By the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of the importance of active teaching and learning and the ACT model that underpins the courses.
This second course in the certification aims to explore the first of the ACT pedagogies, the pedagogy of curation. By the end of this course, you will have an understanding of the importance of active teaching using curation as well as tools that can be used to support this pedagogy.
Here we explore the second of the ACT Digital-Age Pedagogies – Conversation. You will find that all of the pedagogies link together and they work best when they are used together. But here we turn our attention to the next ACT pedagogy – Conversation.
We live in a world that has been fundamentally changed by social media. No longer is content central to learning. Of course, content is always vital, but conversation around content has now become more important. The soul of social media is conversation, and as such, this is a powerful pedagogy in our digital age.
“Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.’ – Oscar Wilde
The pedagogy of corrcetion….I mean correction. This is where we get to explore the powerful and exciting world of learning through correction. This is where mistakes are celebrated as they develop learning. In this module, we will be exploring the power of learning through correction and how you can use this pedagogy to activate your teaching. As with the other pedagogies, this pedagogy works best when blended with the other ACT pedagogies.
At this stage we are scaling the heights of the ACT pedagogies as we now look at the pedagogy of Creation. While all the ACT pedagogies involve activity this pedagogy is focused specifically on creating content. This resulting artifact of the learning experience is itself a powerful enabler of learning that allows you to invoke the other pedagogies such as correction, conversation, etc.
Waht wuold you say if I tlod you taht eevn if the ltteres are mexid up you can sitll uestradnd tihs.
That’s how clever your brain is – it can see the patterns in the words and it can figure out what is actually meant. However, to read the sentence above takes more concentration. This is what the pedagogy of chaos is about. It is about disruption that forces activity. So, get ready to being disrupted. Get raedy to tihnk!
The ACT Toolbox is your repository of “How-To” lessons. Here you can easily search for lessons on tools (e.g. Zoom) or topics (e.g. Curation). You can also browse by category (e.g. Google or Chaos), plus you can leave comments, suggestions, and new ideas.
This is not simply a digital toolbox of lessons, it is a growing, active, space to continue your learning journey as new lessons are added, tools are rated, and conversation is shared.
The course also includes a copy of the book “Active Blended Learning – 5 proven ways to bring engagement to 21st-century teaching” by Dr. Craig Blewett
This book both supports the online course and also provides valuable additional content. You are going to want to keep your copy of this book because it will be an invaluable resource when you are teaching.
The table below shows the pricing for individual courses. Courses can be registered for individually. Courses 2-6 can be completed in any order, although the suggested sequence is advised. Membership and a discounted single payment option for the micro-degree are available.
1. Getting Started
2. ACT Curation
3. ACT Conversation
4. ACT Correction
5. ACT Creation
6. ACT Chaos
Group rates are available – please contact us for details
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