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FRIDAY INSTITUTE

Producing a Massive, Open, Online Course (MOOC) to Teach Students Tailored Strategies for Learning Success

North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute provides professional learning opportunities for state and district-level leaders, principals, instructional coaches, and educators. Its grant supports a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) to help educators understand and support students’ learning differences; an online course for students to help them understand themselves as learners; a convening on personalised learning; and a resource hub to serve the learning differences field.

“The most valuable aspect of this MOOC-Ed…was stepping into the shoes of a child who had difficulty reading. Listening to that child’s story made me realize how difficult it is for a child to make sense of written words when that child cannot decode. We blame children every day when they do not read well…we never ask ourselves how it would feel if we were in a similar situation. I have to share this with my staff and see to it that teachers look at these children differently.”

– Gemma Charles, MOOC-Ed participant

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • When asked, “As a result of your participation in the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed, did you acquire any knowledge, skills, and/or resources applicable to your practice?” 92% of 291 respondents indicated “Yes.”

 

 

AWARD DETAILS

For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1.  Strengthen teacher capacity

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- Metacognition

- Universal Design for Learning

- Youth Voices

- 1 in 5

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Online course

 

Tool

 

Library

 

Report

  • 7 Lessons Learned from Implementing
    Micro-credentials.

 

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Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Lauren Acree
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Email: lkmilam@ncsu.edu

 

 

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

Through this project we’ve engaged with thousands of educators across the globe, and it is so encouraging to read what these educators are doing with the resources, to watch as their mindsets shift, and to hear the amazing changes they’ve made in their practice as they support all students. We’ve also been proud to model for teachers the kind of teaching and learning we hope to see for our students through the MOOC-Ed, micro-credentials, and online resources. The content is able to be personalized to meet each teacher’s need; as we move to provide content to students we hope to continue this approach and learn from it.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

Online learning platforms offer scale but making them work towards the targeted outcomes for students and teachers is a puzzle we’re constantly learning more about. For educators we’ve had to consider the research-based characteristics of effective professional development and adapt them to the online context. For students, we’ve had to talk to as many students as possible to get feedback, insight, and ideas – we even engaged them in a design challenge!

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

The mission of the Friday Institute is to advance education through innovation in teaching, learning, and leadership. The Friday Institute conducts research, develops educational resources, provides professional development programs for educators, advocates to improve teaching and learning, fosters cross-sector collaboration, and helps inform policy-making. Located on the North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, it is well-connected with corporate and government organisations, business incubators, and highly innovative students and faculty members.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With funding from Oak, the Friday Institute is creating a MOOC for students that helps them better understand and accommodate their unique learning needs. In 2013, Oak commissioned the Friday Institute to develop a MOOC to teach educators how to understand and serve students with learning differences. The response to the “MOOC-Ed” was overwhelming positive: as of December 2015, over 6000 educators had engaged with the MOOC from 65 countries and all 50 states. To encourage students to take a more active role in their learning, the Friday Institute is now developing a MOOC for Students (MOOC-S) ages 13 and up. In addition, it will organize and continuously update resources about neuroscience and learning differences into an online resource hub.

 

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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