Take an online course is part 4 of a 13 part series, 13 Ways Teachers Can Hack Their Learning.
Take an online course
Online courses aren’t just for students, there are many ways teachers can take an online course to increase their knowledge and get experience. Depending on your school district and local professional development committees, you can probably get credit from online courses for licensure renewal. Courses can run the gambit from purely technical to completely educational. And the best part is that there are a lot of classes that are free or pretty inexpensive.
The following is a list of online course options available through a web browser and/or mobile app.
- Udacity – Free Online Classes & Nanodegrees
- Coursera | Online Courses From Top Universities. Join for Free
- edX | Free online courses from the world’s best universities
- 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities Open Culture
- MIT OpenCourseWare | Free Online Course Materials
- Stanford Online
- Lynda: Online Courses, Class, Training, Tutorials (free for 10 days)
iTunes U is an Apple provided learning management system that requires iTunes. This limits these courses to macOS and Windows computers.
And for something completely different, courses that are offered strictly through email.
Through all of these options, you should be able to find something that interests you, and, more importantly, motivates you to complete the course. Completion rates for online courses is really low, so for your first course pick one that you are really interested in.