Regular readers of the Microsoft Education UK Schools Blog will have noticed that we’ve recently started a ‘MEC Monday’ blogs series that each week takes a closer look at one of the CPD courses, resources, lesson plans, activities or tutorials that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community.
There are many different ways for educators to undertake their own CPD on the MEC, depending on how much time they have available, what skills they already have, and what technologies they are already familiar with. With half-term now upon us, many educators might have a little more time free to dedicate to furthering their own development, so we thought we would explore one of the slightly longer courses available on the MEC.
21st Century Learning Design
21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) for Educators is a collection of 8 courses with 4-6 lessons in each course. This learning path provides teachers with clear and practical ways to develop 21st skills using digital technologies with their students. Through a collection of Office Mix Lessons, 21st Century Learning Design for Educators builds on the research methodology providing a collaborative, practice-based process to help educators transform how they design enriching learning activities for their students. The complete series of 8 courses consists of 20 hours of Office Mix Lessons, video and self-assessment materials. Educators have the opportunity to actively participate in the course by sharing their materials and by engaging in ongoing discussion as part of a community of learners.
Click here to start the 21st Century Learning Design course on the MEC
Many of the courses and learning programmes on the MEC are made up of smaller individual modules that can be completed over time, allowing educators to work on CPD at their own pace. The 21st Century Learning Design course is broken down into the following eight courses:
21st century learning design: Course 1 – Introducing 21CLD
21st century learning design: Course 2 – Collaboration
21st century learning design: Course 3 – Skilled communication
21st century learning design: Course 4 – Knowledge construction
21st century learning design: Course 5 – Self-regulation
21st century learning design: Course 6 – Real-world problem-solving and innovation
21st century learning design: Course 7 – Use of ICT for learning
21st century learning design: Course 8 – Embedding 21CLD in practice [Assessment]
If you’ve not yet signed up for the MEC, then it is free and easy to do so. Just head to education.microsoft.com and click on the ‘JOIN NOW’ button in the top right hand corner to get started.