Active Connected Teaching (Certification)

Aim

Show educators how to easily and effectively teach both in-classroom and online with technology. This comprehensive course aims to equip educators (teachers, lecturers, trainers) with the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective connected-era teacher.

Overview

This course takes educators on a journey from Education island to the new e-Education island. Here educators will learn about the two sides of the island – the Digital Zone and the Connected Zone and why it is critical that we learn to teach in the Connected Zone. By being introduced to the ACT (Active Connected Teaching) pedagogies, educators are given a bridge to help transition to become effective, engaging, teachers. The course is packed with many examples of free tools that can be used to support Connected-era teaching and learning allowing educators to chart their own course towards effective 21st-century teaching.

ACT Online Teaching (VAX)

Aim

Show educators how to easily and effectively teach online with technology. This is a short introductory course aimed at helping educators quickly transition to teaching in online spaces. For a more comprehensive course, that shows educators how to teach in a blended learning way (bringing these principles into the classroom) check out the ACT Blended Learning course.

Overview

This short course (takes approx. 4-5 hours) provides an overview of the 5 ACT pedagogies and briefly explains what each of these pedagogies is, as well as exposing you to what is possible when teaching in an active pedagogy manner.

This short course is designed around what I refer to as the Educators’ Emergency VAX Treatment. The VAX Treatment approach we will cover in this course consists of the following:

  • ​Step 0 – Before you VAX
  • ​Step 1 – Virtual-friendly content creation
  • Step 2 – Activate your content by using digital-age pedagogies
  • Step 3 – eXperience ACTive Teaching
  • How To Guides

ACT Digital-Age Pedagogies

Aim

Show educators how to easily and effectively teach with technology

Summary

Unlike most “Teaching with Technology” courses, this course 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 course you are ready to practically apply what you have learned. The course also includes a copy of the book “Wake Up Class – 5 Activating Digital-Age Pedagogies that will Revolutionize your Classroom” by Dr. Craig Blewett.

Modules

The course consists of 8 modules. 

  • 1 – Getting Started – An introduction to learning online and general orientation
  • 2 – ACT Overview – An introduction to the ACT approach and applying pedagogy before technology
  • 3 – Curation Pedagogy – How to teach with technology using the Curation approach
  • 4 – Conversation Pedagogy – How to teach with technology using the Conversation approach
  • 5 – Correction Pedagogy – How to teach with technology using the Correction approach
  • 6 – Creation Pedagogy – How to teach with technology using the Creation approach
  • 7 – Chaos Pedagogy – How to teach with technology using the Chaos approach
  • 8 – Assessment & Conclusion – Final assessments and getting ready to make the changes

Tools and Technologies

All ACT courses are based on a pedagogically grounded approach and as such are applicable using any tools and technologies. So the approaches you learn will work whether you are a Microsoft or Google school, a Laptop or Tablet School, a highly resourced or lower resourced school. Below are some of the tools covered in the course include. (Note: This is just an indication as we constantly update the tools and technologies we use).

Learning Approach

The course is based on the ACT pedagogies and so involves active learning from curating content to online conversations, to quiz-activated videos, and much more. The course is also gamified to further encourage participation. 

Assessment

The course uses a range of assessment approaches because learning through curation, conversation, correction, creation, and chaos are core pedagogies of the course. As such assessment is based on:

  • Stash Points – Careful reading and finding of stash items (curation)
  • Quiz Points – Section quizzes that can be attempted multiple times (correction)
  • Course Activity – Participating in forums and activities, and creating lesson plans (curation, conversation, creation, chaos)
  • Final Assessment – Time-based Summative Quiz (correction, chaos)

Estimated Time Requirement 

While the course is self-paced, it is designed to be completed over a period of approx. 8 weeks. The course requires approx. 40 hours to complete or approx. 5 hrs/week.