Presentation on theme: "MOOC-Eds: The Potential of MOOCs for Educators Professional Development Glenn Kleiman, Executive Director Mary Ann Wolf, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives,"— Presentation transcript:
MOOC-Eds: The Potential of MOOCs for Educators Professional Development Glenn Kleiman, Executive Director Mary Ann Wolf, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation NC State University CoSN Conference Washington, C.D. March 20, 2014
Why MOOCs for Educators? So many changes Curriculum standards, student assessments, digital literacies, data system, teacher evaluation systems, technologies, fiscal constraints… Large education workforce 3.8+ million teachers, 250,000+ administrators, teaching almost 50 million students. Changing workforce 16% teacher turnover per year (about half changing schools, half leaving teaching) Drives a need for large-scale, widely accessible, cost- effective PD
Principles of Effective PD Deepens subject matter knowledge, understanding of learning, and appreciation of students’ needs. Centers around critical professional activities Builds on problems of practice that lead to reflection and professional discourse Provides educators with opportunities to learn in the ways they will be expected to teach Is personalized to meet individual needs Cultivates a culture of collegiality Is ongoing, intensive and woven into professional work.
The Big Question Can MOOC-like approaches be adapted to: Address educators’ PD needs? Follow the principles of effective PD? Provide scalable, accessible and effective PD?
Four MOOC-Ed Design Principles
Self Directed Learning
Peer Supported Learning
Case studies and Authentic Projects
Enable Integration into Blended Learning Programs
An Overview of the Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed Offered through a collaboration of:
Goals for Participants 1.Understand the impact of technology and the global information age on both what students need to learn and how learning can take place. 2.Learn about best practices and lessons learned from schools and districts that have digital learning transitions well underway. 3.Develop a set of goals for digital learning for your own school or district. 4.Learn the elements of a successful digital learning transition and effective strategies for addressing each element. 5.Learn about processes and tools that help support planning, implementing and evaluating a digital learning transition. 6.Develop an action plan to meet your school or district digital learning transition goals. 7.Contribute to the learning of others who participate in the course.
Two Parts of the DLT MOOC-Ed Part I: Where Are We Heading? Goals for the Digital Learning Transition: Envisioning the future of schools Changing the culture of teaching and learning Digital learning transitions in some exemplary schools & districts. Part II: How Do We Get There? Planning for a Digital Learning Transition Addressing the planning cycle and elements of successful initiatives (see next slide)
DLT MOOC-Ed Units 1.Envisioning Schools in the Year Changing the Culture of Teaching and Learning 3.Digital Learning Transitions: Goals & Challenges 4.Wrap up of Part I 5.Teaching and Professional Learning 6.Planning for Selected DLT Elements 7.Leading a Successful Digital Learning Initiative 8.Wrap Up and Next Steps
MOOC-Ed Design Elements
MOOC-Ed Design Elements I DLT Unit 3 example DLT Unit 3 Unit introduction video Also Podcast and audio versions (transcripts in progress) Discussion forum Groups Quotes, ratings Participant projects Individual or team Class, school, district or other plans Peer reviews for constructive feedback Peer reviews Allow for interactions
MOOC-Ed Design Elements II Video and text resources Unit 1: Resources about the Digital Learning Transition Unit 2: Readings on Changing the Culture of Schools Unit 2: Lessons from Four Digital Learning Transitions Unit 3: School & District Digital Learning Transitions Expert panels Unit 3: School and District Learning Transitions Unit 3: Curriculum and Instruction Questions index Podcast and audio versions
MOOC-Ed Design Elements III Crowdsourcing Unit 7: Leadership Resources Results from Unit 1 Participant recommended resources Planning tools Project 24 School and District Self Assessment (Metiri Group) School Technology Needs Assessment Survey (Friday Institute) School Technology Needs Assessment Survey Participant surveys Registration, midpoint, finalfinal Certificates of completion for CEUs
Other MOOC-Eds Current Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change World Class Teaching (with Institute of Emerging Issues) In development Supporting Common Core State Standards in Mathematics Series Supporting Students’ Development of Disciplinary Literacy More information at
Additional Design Elements for Other MOOC-Eds Clinical interviews with students Classroom-based projects Analyses of students’ work Developing a personal plan Connecting with other educators Professional practice tips Twitter chats
The MOOC-Ed Platform A cloud-based platform of course management, asynchronous discussion, survey, multimedia, and collaborative tools Google Course Builder Google App Engine Vanilla Forums Vimeo Survey Gizmo Google Hangouts Google Documents & Spreadsheets Google, Course Builder, Vimeo and other analytics
MOOC-Ed Data Sources Pre-registration survey: demographics, roles, goals. Overall web analytics: visitors, visits, visit duration, pages viewed. Detailed “click logs” of each user’s access to each unit Discussion forum views, discussions started and comments Discussion content for various forms of discourse analyses Projects submitted and peer reviews Vimeo site analytics: total views and average times by video Crowdsourcing of resources Course surveys Open-ended responses from participants
Some Things We’ve Learned So Far
Educators are Interested in MOOC-Eds 4,456 registered in two DLT MOOC-Eds, from all 50 states
and more than 80 other countries
Educators in a Variety of Roles
From a Variety of Types of Schools Public non-charter schools or districts (66%) Private schools (15%) Public charter schools (5%) Not employed by a school or district (14%)
DLT Participants 61% female, 39% male Average of 15.9 years of experience, with a range of 0 to 48 years 66% listed a master’s degree as their highest degree earned 11% reported having doctoral degrees. *Data from 2 nd DLT MOOC-Ed
Participants Goals Vary (up to 3 goals each) Prepare to lead change in my school or district 44.0% Understand the potential of digital learning40.5% Learn about best practices for DLT transitions37.6% Plan more effective professional development 30.1% Become a better coach or mentor for other teachers20.8% Understand the benefits and risks of technology17.7% Improve my own classroom teaching16.0% Experience a MOOC 15.1% Engage my community in supporting digital learning14.8% Connect with other educators who lead DLT initiatives14.6% Learn about K-12 infrastructures and devices13.8% Organize and inform the work of our local team12.7%
Most are experienced with online learning Almost all experienced in using productivity tools and online networking 86% reported some experience with online learning 43% reported some experience teaching online 25% reported prior experience taking a MOOC *Data from 2 nd DLT MOOC-Ed
Participation is Active: In two DLT MOOC-Eds 45,000+ page views 5,000+ hours on course site 11,000+ views of course videos 1,800 participants in the discussions 6,000+ messages posted 116,000+ views of postings
Enrollment Participation DLT2: 1,791 enrolled Participation by unit ≠
Available Time Spent Per Week is Limited Hours per unit% participants % % % 7 or more3.6%
Schedule Flexibility is Essential *Data from 2 nd DLT MOOC-Ed
What Does it Mean to Complete a MOOC-Ed? 907 actively participated in DLT2 139 completed final survey (in weeks 7 or 8) 111 participated in the final unit (12.2%) CEU Certification, 69 participants (7.6%) Ratio of enrollees to completers is increasing across MOOC-Eds.
Survey results: Goals and Value of DLT2 92% made progress on their personal goals 90% were engaged in the MOOC-Ed experience 93% developed new insights to further digital learning 95% feel more motivated for their digital learning transition 92% would recommend future DLT courses to colleagues Based on DLT2 final survey, n=139
MOOC-Ed ComponentBeneficialDidn’t Use Introductory Video Presentations85%3% Video Resources91%1% Text Resources95%2% Group Discussion85%4% Expert Panel Videos91%2% Goals & Challenges Project86%11% Feedback from Other Participants80%13% Crowd-sourced Resources81%15% Twitter Chats28%62% All the Design Elements are Beneficial
Voices of Participants I found it engaging and "walking the talk" - one could proceed at their own pace and with their own choices, but were put on track with many resources to assist learning. I particularly benefited from the case study presentations, which gave lots of insight into the successes and challenges of districts that are ahead of our implementation schedule. Creating the plan after seeing how others had done it was a great inspiration
Types of Discussion Postings
Knowledge Construction in Discussions
Voices of Participants I loved seeing others from all different locations talking about the same thing - passion for the students, for the schools and for digital learning. Everyone has such great ideas and opinions and to pool them all together like this was amazing. Just received all the "tools” at our school to begin a 1:1 program. Although, I am as excited as a kid a Christmas, I have stayed awake many nights stressing about starting the program. However, the discussion and the many insightful comments that I have read have given me some confidence to dive in and start the transformation at my school.
55% of participants planned to participate with colleagues: 35% with a school or district planning team 20% with other colleagues in their school or organization 55% of participants planned to participate with colleagues: 35% with a school or district planning team 20% with other colleagues in their school or organization “The most beneficial aspect of this course was actually the F2F conversations informed and occasioned by the MOOC with the other members of my school team.” “This course helped members of our DLT team see the possibilities and open their minds beyond the traditional 45-minute class periods” “[The most valuable part was] meeting as a team at my school weekly to create our self-assessment and the discussions we have had around our goals and what we are learning in the MOOC-Ed.” “I am happy that we took part as a school team, which in turn was part of a greater District team. It is these group conversations that I found to be most helpful” Participation with a local group was beneficial
Blended Learning Explorations Distinguished Leadership Program in Digital Learning As the core of a year-long statewide Principal PD program Special Topics Graduate Course: Digital Learning Transition in K-12 Schools A wrap-around to the DLT MOOC, allowing students to engage in the MOOC as part of a graduate course World Class Teaching As follow up to large-scale workshop
Future Research Questions I How can participants best be placed in groups to foster productive discussions? What is the optimal size for discussion groups? How can discussions be initiated, facilitated, and connected to resources and activities in order to encourage high levels of engagement and exchanges that involve reflection and co-construction? How can we best balance having participants move through the units on a common schedule so they can engage in peer-supported learning with providing flexible scheduling to meet educators’ needs?
Future Research Questions II Can we identify characteristics of participants and preferred self-directed paths through the MOOC-Ed? What types of case studies and projects are most engaging and beneficial for participants? What guidance and structures lead to productive peer feedback? Can participation be further incentivized by the use of badges or other forms of recognition? What impact do MOOC-Eds have on professional knowledge, skills and practices? How can MOOC-Eds best be integrated with other professional development activities?
Conclusions MOOC-Eds can provide personalized, accessible, effective, scalable PD for motivated professionals Our design principles provide a foundation for MOOC- Eds The important question is not Do MOOC-Eds work? but rather: How can we optimize the value of MOOC-Eds? What professional development needs do they best serve? How are they effectively blended with other PD approaches?
Thanks to our Funders Hewlett Foundation National Science Foundation Oak Foundation Gates Foundation Lenovo Google NC Department of Public Instruction NC Principals and Assistant Principals Association Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University
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