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Thursday, January 14 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Lessons Learned from Designing an Open Online Course for Educators

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How can we build a community of learners in an open online course?
How can we design and implement collaborative online courses in our own classrooms?
How can we design open online courses that motivate students to stay engaged and connected?
How can we make sure that open online courses are accessible to all students?
What happens when teachers become web designers?

These are questions we sought to explore and address for a course project in the Learning, Media, and Technology program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A group of 12 graduate students, in collaboration with the course instructor, Dr. Torrey Trust, set out to design, facilitate, and evaluate an open online course for educators around the world. Presently (mid-October), the course is in the final stages of development and it will be launched during the first week of November 2015 (see course website: http://digitalmediaeducation.org/).

During the first part of the workshop, we will describe how our class worked as a team to design an open online course that allowed us to connect and learn with educators around the world. We will share how we facilitated student learning and community-building in an open online course and we will explore the data that we collect from the course participants. After time for questions, workshop attendees will collaboratively design an action plan for incorporating the ideas and findings from our session into a lesson plan, class project, or learning activity for their students.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to 1) describe methods for designing collaborative learning activities that connect students with a global audience; 2) identify pitfalls, barriers, and success factors that shape learning in an online environment; and 3) develop an action plan for implementing a connected learning activity in their classroom.


Allison Malinowski

History and Global Studies Teacher, Williston Northampton School
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Torrey Trust

Associate Professor of Learning Technology, UMass Amherst

Thursday January 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm EST

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