We are very excited by the release of the first short course Intel Teach Elements: Project-Based Approaches at: http://www.intel.com/education/elements/ The Web site provides self-paced study from the Web site or offline by ordering a CD copy of the course. Please share this link with your fellow life-long learning colleagues who favor independent study. Encourage them to take the short survey upon completing the course and enter the drawing for Apple iPod Touch.
But there is more to come. . .
We have developed facilitation materials for sharing individual work in small group discussions and will soon be communicating with ITAs who may want to pilot a facilitated course this summer. As we did in January with your great feedback on the e-learning part of the course, we will revise the course facilitation with the feedback from the pilots and release the facilitation materials sometime around October.
- Face-to-face: Intel will provide a print-ready guide for the facilitator that includes general facilitation guidelines and for prompts for discussions, sharing, and reflection in a group setting. Participants can complete the individual e-learning and action planning steps on their own (from the Web site or from CDs) prior to face-to-face sessions or together.
- Online using the Intel Moodle platform: Intel will provide copies of the facilitated course with all content and facilitator support ready to go. The course can be offered fully online or a hybrid. Any MT or ST facilitators who have conducted a Teach Essentials Online course will be fully prepared to facilitate this option. Facilitators will invite participants prior to the course, using the invite participant feature embedded in the course.
- Online hosted by ITA: Intel will provide you the facilitation content and the e-learning files for you to create an online course and host from your own online environment. You will also have access to the Moodle-based course to use as reference design in setting up your course. You can offer the course fully online or as a hybrid.
The course length will depend on how you choose to structure the three types of activities that comprise a facilitated course:
- E-learning: learn concepts in interactive tutorials (4-5 hours individual work)
- Action Planning: apply concepts to one’s own classroom (6-12 hours of individual work, depending on optional activities)
- Facilitated Discussion: share ideas and give feedback on action plan work (5-8 hours; length varies with format, face-to-face or online, and optional exercises)
By early June, we will have an Elements: Project-Based Approaches sub-community here at Teachers Engage for interacting about the course, sharing experiences with facilitation, posting reactions and comments from colleagues that have taken the course self-paced.