As digital learning becomes more prevalent in the arena of education, it is suggested that teachers develop new skills and learn how to teach in the online space. Understanding the critical need to provide teachers with opportunities to gain these new skills, The Massachusetts Department of Elementary And Secondary Education (ME ESE) Office of Digital Learning launched “Teaching and Developing an Online High School Course: Fundamentals” in January of 2015. NCC worked with MA ESE to develop the course and it’s content. In addition, NCC has been facilitating the course since January 2015. The first cohort of participants is in the fourth phase of the course where they are beginning to implement and evaluate the course that they have designed and developed over the past eight months. It has been a very exciting experience for both the participants, course facilitators, and guest experts.

The upcoming course, which will offer 67.5 online professional development points, is designed for high schools teachers who are interested in developing their online teaching and course development skills. Through this fully-online professional development course, participants will explore digital learning guided by the MA ESE Online Course Rubric. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have designed and developed a course or hybrid/flipped component that has been peer-reviewed, revised, and implemented with his or her class. The 30-week-long course runs from January 2016 through September 2016. After analyzing participant feedback, the course has been updated to parallel the MA ESE Online Course Rubric with the topics comprising the follow seven units:

Unit 1: Preparing to Teach Online
Unit 2: Content and Standards
Unit 3: Instructional Design
Unit 4: Assessment
Unit 5: Technology
Unit 6: Policies
Unit 7: Launching and Facilitating your Course

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, feel free to watch the video with insight from current participant and Weymouth high school teacher, Cassie Gosselin and course facilitator, Emily Rukobo of The Northeast Comprehensive Center at: https://youtu.be/xbsW0JU4kT0.

You can view our informational webinar that was held on December 10th at this link: https://goo.gl/4nuIKs. If you would like to register for the course, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/KUX4dr.

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