Collaborative learning is not to be confused with cooperative learning. Though both approaches emphasize group dynamics toward the attainment of a goal, there are substantive differences. Collaborative learning should enable students to articulate a common group goal. Effective collaborative lessons should show evidence of student problem-solving and/or issues resolution; individual and group accountability structures, and employment of digital and/or environmental resources. This course is designed to help teachers deepen their understanding of collaborative learning culminating in its applied practice to their classroom(s).

This course explores the principles and use of higher-order thinking processes and strategies to analyze and improve instructional practices in the classroom. Themes in this course include higher order thinking processes, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DoK) Framework, cognitive complexity, and strategies for engaging critical thinking through questioning strategies. Throughout this course, participants will engage in activities designed to help them get focused, clarify understanding, explore pertinent resources/strategies, and connect to students.
This course explores strategies for engaging students and promoting their active role in the classroom learning experience. Themes in this course include engaged learning, Focus Strategies, and Active Learning. Throughout this course, participants will engage in activities designed to help them get focused, clarify understanding, explore pertinent resources/strategies, and connect to students. The culminating activity for this course has participants create a lesson plan/learning experience that employs Focus Strategies and/or Active Learning techniques.
This course focuses on ways to infuse authentic, real-world situations into student learning experiences. Themes in this course include making authentic connections, employing 21st Century Skills and Themes, and web-based resources. Throughout this course, participants will engage in activities designed to help them get focused, clarify understanding, explore pertinent resources/strategies, and connect to students. The culminating activity for this course will have participants develop an authentic learning experience integrating 21st Century Skills and Themes.
This course explores a variety of FREE online tools and how they can be used effectively to support and transform student learning experiences. Themes in this course include digital age learners, digital age learning environments, and tool/resources that further digital-age learning. Throughout this course, participants will engage in activities designed to help them get focused, clarify understanding, explore pertinent resources/strategies, and connect to students.