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Online course for teachers to be offered by Vanderbilt

Online course for teachers to be offered by Vanderbilt

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:00 pm

PreK-12 teachers across the country will have the opportunity to take a professional development course from Vanderbilt University faculty in 2014 via the university’s partnership with leading massive online open course provider Coursera.
In addition to Vanderbilt, six other schools of education will offer free teacher professional development courses through Coursera as part of the new effort.
They are the College of Education, University of Washington; Curry School of Education, University of Virginia; Johns Hopkins University School of Education; Match Education’s Sposato School of Education; Relay Graduate School of Education; and University of California, Irvine Exten-sion.
Also joining Coursera’s network of partners are educational institutions including American Museum of Natural History, Commonwealth Education Trust, Exploratorium, Museum of Modern Art and New Teacher Center.
Similar to university courses currently offered through Coursera, these new courses will feature video lectures, peer forums, supplemental materials such as free Web content and e-textbooks and other interactive components to support meaningful educational experiences.
The Vanderbilt course, “Student Thinking at the Core,” will be led by professors Marcy Singer-Gabella and Barbara Stengel.
The four-week course will be offered beginning January 2014. Registration and course materials are free. Anyone can take the course, but it is especially geared for teachers who are already in the classroom and can apply what they learn as they learn it.
The course will explore how teachers can capitalize on what students bring to the classroom — their ideas, perceptions and misunderstandings — to advance the learning of all students in the class.
For more information, visit Vanderbilt’s website at

Published in The Messenger 5.29.13


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