I got really lovely feedback from you about free online courses in May. Thank you, you are my source of inspiration and motivation. I managed to complete Understanding Autism and I must admit I’ve learnt a lot.
Still haven’t figured out whether autism exists or not, but at least I realised I’m not autistic, I’m just socially awkward.
I’ve shortlisted another set of useful free online courses you can take in June – hope you’ll like them, and maybe we’ll meet somewhere online?
1 Challenging Behaviour: Strategies for Helping Young People by Ambition School Leadership
The course is focused on investigating the causes of challenging behaviour and searching for strategies to manage young people. You are going to evaluate your practice, reflect on current situation and grow positive mindset. Good luck!
It starts on the 19th of June and takes about 5 weeks.
2 Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life by the University of Nottingham
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in politics, history and propaganda, so I recommend it not only for yourself, but also for your teenage students (they are quite interested in learning things about conspiracies and using this course you may bring some proper CLIL into your classroom).
It starts on the 12th of June and takes about 5 weeks.
3 Basic First Aid: How To Be An Everyday Hero by University of Glasgow
This course is a basic guide to first aid. You’ll learn how to recognise and manage emergencies, get a foundation of first aid knowledge and skills to build on. I think I may use it in my teenage classroom as a final project – watch videos, discuss the issues and change the tiresome end of course into something truly beneficial.
It starts on the 5th of June and takes about 2 weeks.
4 Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environment by University of Southampton
On this course you will learn about different aspects of inclusion and digital accessibility experienced by students, teachers and support staff in Higher Education. You’ll explore the barriers experienced by disabled students and the role of inclusive practices.
It starts on the 5th of June and takes about 3 weeks.
5 Virtual Teacher by University of California, Irvine
This is not a mere course – this is a series of courses that provides practice for on-line instruction, student engagement and virtual community building; effective uses of asynchronous and synchronous technologies, social media and data analysis techniques as well as student performance measurements to individualize instruction in an on-line or blended environment. You may take an individual course, or decide to cover whole specialisation.
The whole set starts on the 12th of June and finishes on the 14th of August. Aye, looks long, but knowing Coursera, it’s very thorough.
I feel quite tempted, to be honest.
6 ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students by the State University of New York, the University at Buffalo
This course will provide an overview of ADHD diagnosis You’ll learn about ADHD as a developmental disorder that begins early in childhood, as well as evidence-based approaches for diagnosing ADHD. Two evidence-based treatment approaches (the Daily Report Card and Parenting Strategies) are introduced. The important thing is that the course activities are informational and are not intended to replace working with a trained professional.
It starts on the 19th of June and takes about 4 weeks.
I haven’t studied with ELTjam Academy before, but Scott Thornbury is the name I respect, so when my colleague let me know about the course, I immediately signed in. The best thing about it is that if you use the discount password SCOTT, you get the whole course for free!
The course consists of 6 episodes (ca. 1 hour of recordings) and reflects on our role as teachers in a more and more technologically advanced world. Also, this is my pick of the month.
I would love to know which courses you’ve chosen this month – and if you hear about something good that I haven’t shortlisted, please let me know, I’d be more than happy to learn something new.
Oh, and if you already feel holidays approaching, I’ve got a very special course for you: wine tasting!