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Teaching Digital Skills for Sustainable Education

Improve your teaching capabilities by exploring digital and collaborative teaching practices for more future-focused education.

Teaching Digital Skills for Sustainable Education

Delve into future-focused digital and collaborative learning

With the demands of an increasingly digitised world, there is a growing awareness among educators that teaching and learning need to evolve to better prepare teachers and students for this changing world.

On this course from The Mind Lab, you’ll learn to integrate digital technologies effectively into the curriculum to help your learners develop the skills required for the 21st century, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to collaborate.

Discover how to integrate digital learning into your curriculum

In order to help the next generation of learners, you need to understand their needs in a digital world. This two-week course will provide you with insights into these next-generation learners and common aspects of digital curricula.

You’ll also explore, with real-world examples, how digital tools can be used in creative ways in cross-curricular contexts.

Explore collaborative learning tools for yourself and your learners

The second part of this course will guide you through collaborative learning, what it means for learners, and how tools such as the ITL learning rubrics can support you in designing learning activities.

It’s also extremely important as a teacher that you don’t work in a silo. You’ll look at teacher collaboration and ways to develop your personal learning networks (PLN), supported by personal learning environments (PLE) in this interconnected world.

Learn from the experts at The Mind Lab

Founded in 2013, The Mind Lab designs courses to address the imbalance between what is being taught in schools and the skills the future requires. They specialise in raising the digital skills and capabilities of teachers and allowing them to integrate digital tools within their school communities.

Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds (upbeat music) <v ->In this technology-driven world,</v> we want to ensure that our educators have the skills to prepare our young people for the workforce that they’re about to enter. So we’ve developed this course with this in mind. The things you’ll learn, contemporary frameworks and theories, 21st century transferable skills, how to be successful at blended and online learning. You’ll reinforce your learning by interactive quizzes and digital tools and you’ll exchange ideas with others. Now let’s get started. (upbeat music)

What topics will you cover?

  • Digital curricula, digital fluency and digital skills across curriculum

  • The Innovative Learning and Teaching rubrics for design learning activities

  • Learning by making, stop motion for learning

  • Collaborative learning and designing collaborative learning activities

  • Teacher collaboration and personal learning networks

  • Sustainable teaching and learning

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of next-generation learners’ needs and the changing context of education
  • Explore how collaborative learning and teaching can be integrated into different educational contexts
  • Develop ways to integrate digital tools into educational practice
  • Design learning activities to develop collaborative teaching and learning practices
  • Discuss sustainable learning and education

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators across any setting, including teachers, librarians, museum staff, learning technologists, and higher education faculty, among others.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course you’ll need a desktop or laptop computer that you are able to install applications on. We recommend using the Chrome browser.

It would also be very useful to have a smartphone or tablet for installing mobile apps. All the applications used in the course are free, and links will be provided when required.

Who will you learn with?

Darcy is a Postgraduate Director at The Mind Lab. She has experience in designing, developing and delivering blended learning courses. Her research interest is digital learning and sentiment analysis.

Dr. David Parsons is National Postgraduate Director at The Mind Lab, helping teachers to develop their professional practice in digital and collaborative learning.

Who developed the course?

The Mind Lab

The Mind Lab is a private graduate school based in Auckland, New Zealand providing innovative postgraduate programmes that build relevant skills and capabilities for the constantly changing world.

  • Established

    2014
  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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