Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual Classroom: Online Course

Emerging Trends in the Virtual K-12 Classroom


Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom is an online course which is a part of the "Virtual Teacher Program" specialisation given by the University of California, Irvine.

About the course
Emerging technologies are quickly gaining momentum in the field of virtual K-12 instruction. In this course you will learn about the emerging trends and technologies in K-12 virtual instruction. The course explores a dynamic landscape and investigate how teachers can more deeply engage students in the virtual classroom through the use of innovative practices and technologies.

Course Syllabus
Over the course of five weeks, the following topics will be covered:
Week 1: Role of Technology in the Virtual Classroom, including selecting and implementing technologies in your schools
Week 2: Emerging Trends and Technologies: Social Learning
Week 3: Emerging Trends and Technologies: Game-based Learning, Badging, Augmented Reality
Week 4: Utilizing Open Content, from Mobile Applications to MOOCs
Week 5: Review

The course is primarily for:

  • Teachers working with children ages 5 - 18
  • Instructors working with further education, community college or vocational students
  • Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty
  • Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
  • Please note that although this program is offered to participants from around the world, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based on the education structure and processes of the United States. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own country-based experiences in the forums.

Course Format
The class will consist of short weekly lecture videos with embedded reflective questions, totaling approximately 1 hour of viewing. There will also be weekly quizzes, 1 peer-graded assignment, and a final exam.

Course Sessions
August 18, 2014 - September 22, 2014

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