I’ve posted recently about the MIE Platform that helps train educators to use the Office365 toolsets more effectively in their classrooms and this is another post about professional development, aimed at school leaders wanting to drive change.
This time, Microsoft has partnered with edX member universities to deliver a range of courses to support K-12 leaders transition their schools to becoming innovative and effective digital schools.
These courses are absolutely free for school leaders to participate in and, as usual with edX courses, a $49 fee will get a completion certificate to prove the PD was completed if a teacher wishes to have this.
The range of courses available look hugely exciting and right in line with supporting schools to prepare to handle the disruptive effect that technology is having across the sector. Here is the titles of the courses so far:
- Deep learning through transformative pedagogy
- Leading change: go beyond gamification with gameful learning
- Design thinking for leading and learning
- Launching innovation in schools
- Leading ambitious teaching and learning
Unlike other online courses, these are not sign up and complete at a convenient time, as these will be run over a series of weeks, with the first one starting on January 17th 2017 and the final course starting March 21st 2017. All courses run for between 4-8 weeks with a time commitment of approximately 2-4 hours per week.
I will be signing up to complete at least one of these courses in the new year and would consider leaders, or those that aspire to lead change in school, to sign up and complete some of these as well.