Winter is here – maybe it’s snowy in your place, but here in Poland it’s just grey and dull (and cold). I managed to find some fine hot chocolate, just to spend my evenings reading and learning. Like every month, I found a set of lovely free online courses, so you may spend your winter break learning something new.
English for Teaching Purposes by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Duration: 4 weeks
For whom: teachers planning to teach in English
This course on English and teaching methodology aims to help university lecturers do their teaching in English, in line with university internationalisation policies. If you are a teacher of a subject other than EFL, you might be interested in this course. Moreover, you will learn how to integrate all aspects of CLIL to put together their own English-medium course on their particular subject.
Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom by University of California
Duration: 5 weeks
For whom: teachers working in a virtual environment
If you teach in a virtual classroom, you know that assessment is still very much important, but it has to be approached in a different way than in the traditional classroom. This course will present formats of virtual assessments, assessing special populations, including at-risk, gifted, and special needs students, and learning management systems as related to performance and assessment.
ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children’s learning across the curriculum by the University of London
Duration: 6 weeks
For whom: teachers interested in incorporating ICT in primary education
The materials in the course are based on studies carried out for the UNESCO Institute of IT in Education, Moscow. You will discuss a variety of useful tools and resources for integrating ICT as well as how children perceive the use of technology in a school context. You will also learn about learning design, infrastructure, negotiation with parents, communities of practice, policies, staff development, pedagogical innovations, differentiation, affordable access, and teaching support.
Shaping Your Professional Brand by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Duration: 4 weeks
For whom: people who are interested in building their own personal brand
If you think of building your personal brand, you may find this course particularly useful. You will learn how to manage your own approach and be prepared when things go wrong. An interesting item is a study on an effective strategy for apologising, and how to engage in disputes professionally.
Learning How To Learn for Youth by Arizona State University
Duration: 3 weeks
For whom: people who want to stop procrastinating and want to start studying
This course looks really awesome! You will basically learn how to learn – you will study the strategies that will turbocharge your learning, including test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets.
Magic in the Middle Ages by Universitat de Barcelona
Duration: 5 weeks
For whom: people interested in medieval culture, beliefs and practices from the perspective of History and History of Science
This course looks like fun, especially with the approaching Solstice. Naturally, I wouldn’t encourage you to study magic – but I think such course may be quite interesting for long, winter evenings. You will learn which spiritual practices were allowed in medieval Europe and which ones were related to the devil.
For science, naturally!
Duration: 2 weeks
For whom: students starting their university experience
If your students don’t really know what to do with themselves, I’d strongly recommend this course. They will be able to use this course to find out how to get the most from their university education, how to choose a course of study and how to investigate possible future roles and pathways in the profession they will eventually choose.
I hope you’ll find a nice course for yourself 🙂