10 Online Learning Courses to Inspire You …
A new year welcomes the opportunity to embrace new ideas, refresh our thinking and reach for new goals. At school, I like to start the year’s teaching by introducing some new tools to students. In January, one of these was Sutori.com, a digital timeline with lots of cross-topic possibilities.
Professionally, it’s a time to update objectives and evaluate projects. 2017, for me, is both The Year of the Rooster, and The Year of the Dissertation. One of my #LearningGoals is to negotiate, plan and conduct research to complete the MA in Digital Media, Culture & Education.
When the latest Coursera and FutureLearn, free online learning courses landed in my inbox last week, I happily scanned through the topics. There are some great MOOCs on offer! In my experience, MOOCs support flexible study by enabling you to work at your own pace, and to craft learning to fit around your personal commitments and schedule.
I’ve collated a Top 10 selection of courses that start from January 2017 that include topics of #education, #technology, #wellbeing, #linguistics, #programming, #research, #DesignThinking.
To access the Top 10 go to this link to read my Smore bulletin, which also outlines what I feel are the advantages of learning online.
In the workplace, when we discuss either personal learning, or Continuing Professional Development [CPD] one question appears regularly – how to share what we’ve learnt, once we’ve learnt it? In other words, how can individual learning be shared to greater advantage, with new knowledge and skills being passed on to create wider learning in the community.
There is nothing more powerful than engaging in shared thinking, and collaboration. In MOOCs students contribute to forums and share examples of their own learning journey. In this context, the online environment creates a space to be both teacher and learner, disruptor, & critical thinker with peers within a Zone of Proximal Development.
As we begin 2017, I am really interested to find out more from other professionals about the kinds of learning goals you are setting, and to generate some Twitter chatter about it.
Have you set yourself a learning goal for this year ?
- Planning to enhance your professional understanding and skills portfolio?
- Part of a learning network /organisation which you think would be a useful #connection for other professionals?
- Would you like to share recommendations about courses and projects you are engaged in?