Teacher Preparation MOOCs
Lipscomb University and the College of Education’s Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation is developing the university’s first free MOOCs (massive open online courses). The 10 online courses are designed to prepare teachers for today’s classrooms, including implementing the Tennessee Academic Standards and engaging in best practices in planning, assessment and learning strategies. The innovative and highly relevant courses are funded through a $571,000 grant from the Governor’s Online Innovation Fund and in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The courses are being designed to be incorporated easily into teacher preparation programs in universities across the state or for teachers to complete the non-facilitated versions on their own.
The first three courses have strong ties to implementing the Tennessee Academic Standards in K-12 classrooms:
- Introduction to the Tennessee Academic Standards
- Planning and Assessing for Learning
- Pedagogical Shifts to Instructional Strategies
The additional seven courses include other key topics that future teachers and in-service teachers should consider as they refine their practice:
- Role of the Teacher
- Engaging Students
- PLC and Working Community
- Personalized Education through Differentiated Instruction
- The Learning Environment
- Role of Technology in Education
- Being a Connected Educator
Second MOOC Available NOW!
The Ayers Institute is excited to announce the public launch of the second Teacher Preparation Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The Teacher Preparation MOOCs are online courses that are open to all for their own professional knowledge or for inclusion in a teacher preparation program if the institution so chooses. The second course, Planning and Assessing for Learning, is designed to provide pre-service and in-service teachers with information and resources needed to successfully develop learning plans aligned to the Tennessee Academic Standards and that reflect best practices.
Access to the Planning and Assessing for Learning MOOC is free and open to anyone who enrolls at The Courses @ Ayers Institute website.
The course includes topics such as intentional lesson design, the Tennessee Educator Accelerator Model (TEAM) Planning Rubric including instructional plans, student work and assessment indicators, and differentiating instruction to meet the diverse learning needs in today’s classroom. Students taking the course will find that each activity is organized with an overview, learning objectives, background information, instructions, and resources. Questions within each activity will focus and direct the student’s learning and take their knowledge one step further with meaningful application.
A highlight of the course is the inclusion of a variety of activities that involve the creation of materials which will be saved to a course portfolio and can be used in the classroom. These same artifacts may be used in a professional/employment portfolio to demonstrate knowledge and skills if so desired. A printable certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.
The Facilitator’s Guide, available upon request, is helpful to any instructor planning to use a portion of the course or even the entire course within his/her own educator preparation program. This comprehensive guide contains the same icons and information provided in the online environment while going a step further and including how to fully integrate the online course and resources into face-to-face classes.
To get started with the course today, visit The Courses @ Ayers Institute website.
If you are an instructor in a teacher preparation program and would like a copy of the full Facilitator’s Guide, send an email request with your name, institution name, job title and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our First Teacher Preparation MOOC
The first of the Ayers Institute's MOOC courses, Introduction to the Tennessee Academic Standards, is designed to provide pre-service and in-service teachers with the information and resources needed to successfully implement the Tennessee Academic Standards in classrooms. The course includes topics such as the research behind and structure of the Tennessee Academic Standards, the instructional shifts, the Mathematical Practice Standards and content standards, the ELA/Literacy Anchor Standards and content standards and special considerations for learners with diverse needs. This course was made available for public enrollment in August of 2014.
A third Teacher Preparation MOOC, Pedagogical Shifts to Instructional Strategies, is expected to be launched in October 2014.