Due to popular demand, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is relaunching two MOOCs starting Today, 23 November: Cybersecurity Training for Teachers and Mobile Learning with Multimedia. Registration is free and open now.
Why are these MOOCs needed now?
COVID-19 has disrupted schooling in many countries, resulting in digital platforms being used to enable teachers to deliver blended or full online lessons to learners. While the shift to online learning allows the scholastic year to move forward, it also brings attention to two challenges, in particular:
- An increase in cybercrime. Teachers, learners, and parents are now more prone to cyber-attacks and security threats, making cybersecurity a key concern for educators.
- No access to computer or internet. Educators have needed to seek innovative ways to create quality learning opportunities for distance education and teacher professional development for those who may have limited or no access to online material.
What to expect from ‘Cybersecurity Training for Teachers’?
The Cybersecurity Training for Teachers course is designed to provide teachers with the knowledge they need to protect themselves and their students online, as well as create awareness for the parents and carers. The course targets secondary and primary school teachers as well as teacher educators and will run over four weeks. It will require up to five hours of time each week. Participants will learn from articles, case studies, videos, as well as discussions with fellow learners and mentors.
What to expect from ‘Mobile Learning with Multimedia’?
The Mobile Learning with Multimedia course introduces participants to the use of technology tools that are readily available to them to develop curriculum-relevant and pedagogically sound educational podcasts that are broadcast ready and easily accessible in low connectivity settings. Participants will learn how to use audio and multimedia tools to develop micro-learning lessons as Open Educational Resources for delivery on radio, dial-in access, among other low bandwidth options for last mile mobile learning.