Free program supports educators in remote teaching

April 10, 2020

As PreK-12 and higher education schools shift to remote teaching in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Michigan State University faculty are developing free tools to support educators.

Spartans from the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program created a learning experience for teachers to help implement best remote teaching practices and strategies for their students.

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“The was developed for every educator, at every grade level,” said Candace Robertson, assistant director of student experience and outreach for the MAET program and lead developer of the course. “This moves beyond tools and focuses on how we can care for ourselves and our students at this time. The experience focuses on how to teach in the current climate through high-priority pedagogical topics.”

龙八国际官网在线The —or a just-in-time, digestable version of a massive open online course—was developed for educators who are operating in no-tech, low-tech or high tech teaching environments. It covers topics including:

  • Trauma-informed teaching and student and teacher well-being
  • Communication, presence and community-building
  • Engagement and universal design for learning

The experience, co-sponsored by , is eight self-paced units; participants can expect each unit to take less than two hours to complete. The community of educators, with more than 500 participants, come from 12 different states in the U.S. and 11 other countries. Participants are teachers, coaches, administrators, instructional designers, professors and a variety of additional educational positions.

A maximum of 16 SCECHs have been approved for Michigan educators who complete the Mini-MOOC. Details will be shared with participants soon.

A map shows the #MAET Mini-MOOC participation across the world, last updated April 8, 2020. Flags denote where various participants are from, including: Australia, China, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Philippines, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam and several states in the United States: Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia.

“In this big push to move learning online, it’s more important than ever to keep issues of equity and access in mind,” said Liz Owens Boltz, co-director of MAET. “The experience provides a space to explore different strategies to support teachers as they adjust to this new teaching and learning context.”

The Mini-MOOC on Remote Teaching is free and open to everyone.


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