On Monday, September 26th, the Friday Institute was proud to launch another round of our MOOCs for Educators (MOOC-Eds) to participants from across the United States and around the globe. This semester we are offering our Teaching Statistics through Data Investigations and Learning Differences courses for a fifth time, as well as debuting our exciting new Teaching Mathematics with Technology course. With an audience from across the educational spectrum, these three free courses allow you to define your own course goals, work collaboratively with your peers to achieve these goals, and take what you learn from the courses and apply these insights directly into your practice.
Our Teaching Statistics through Data Investigations course helps you learn to teach statistics through the use of an investigation cycle and help your students explore data to make evidence-based claims. The course is designed for anyone interested in strengthening his or her approach to teaching statistics through data investigations. And while the statistical content and strategies are designed to be used with middle school through early college learners, we’ve found that our audience has extended to elementary teachers, teacher educators, and teachers of other disciplines that use data-based explorations extensively to make claims and inferences (e.g., teachers of science and social sciences).
Here’s what a previous participant had to say about the impact of the statistical investigation cycle and habits of mind:
“Introduction to the statistical cycle and the reinforcement that statistics isn't about drilling procedure but about knowing how to go through that cycle effectively and gain good habits of mind is really something I'm going to take away from this MOOC.” - Participant, Spring 2016
Since its debut in October of 2014, our Learning Differences course has met the needs of thousands of educators from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries from around the world. The course aims to help you deepen your understanding of student learning differences, use this understanding to impact the learning experiences of your students, and cultivate a growth mindset in the process. The term “learning differences” is not a euphemism for “learning disabilities,” but rather a distinct concept that refers the variability in the learning needs and preferences of all students. The course is designed for all educators and school leaders from all types of K-12 schools, including public, charter and private.
Here’s what a previous participant had to say about how the course reinvigorated a passion for teaching:
“This course was very much like a reminder of why I became a teacher. You lose track of these things along the way as your focus narrows on the job. Now I feel like I have been given more tools and reinvigorated the do what I set out to do in the first place. Teach for the students!” - Participant, Fall 2015
Building on the success of our Fraction Foundations and Teaching Statistics through Data Investigations courses, the Math-Ed team at the Friday Institute is proud to release its Teaching Mathematics with Technology course. While technology has become an essential component of our workplaces and society, it can also serve as a valuable tool to support student engagement in and learning of mathematics. This new course allows you to learn, along with peers from around the world, key instructional practices that leverage technology in the math classroom. You will learn to describe the affordances of technology in mathematics, critically evaluate the effectiveness of different materials in conveying mathematical concepts, analyze student learning and thinking when using technology, assess and develop student thinking with mathematical tasks, and foster the development of productive student discourse when using technology-enhanced tasks. We hope that you’ll join us for this exciting new addition to our catalog.
You should also note that all participants who complete MOOC-Eds are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion of professional development from NC State University. Our North Carolina participants are also eligible to receive a Certificate of Renewal Credit for meeting the course requirements. Additionally, educators from around the world have applied their MOOC-Ed experience towards professional renewal credits in a variety of content areas, subject to the approval of their local credit granting agency.
Finally, two of our Fall 2016 MOOC-Eds (Teaching Statistics through Data Investigations and Learning Differences) allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the course content and earn credit through micro-credentials (or badges). Please visit our micro-credential page to learn more about these competency-based professional learning opportunities.We look forward to seeing you in our courses!