As we settle into the 2015-2016 school year, the shift to connected and digital leadership, collaboration for learning, and the importance of sharing have been emphasized at many levels in the Ontario school system, including #summerinstitute15, #fallsimk12, #fallsim15 and LearnTeachLead.org.
Many educators have expressed the need for direct instruction on how to access and leverage social media for professional learning. In response, OSSEMOOC is offering a series of courses this fall to support Ontario educators (all others are welcome as well) in their efforts to learn how to use social media in their work.
Courses will consist of synchronous online instruction (recorded), instructional videos, screencasts and collaborative projects. As always, we suggest that you find someone with experience on Twitter to act as a face-to-face mentor for your learning in the courses (if possible).
Twitter for Absolute Beginners
This 3-week course is for educators who want to learn to access the infinite opportunities for professional learning on Twitter, but who have never learned how to find the learning that meets their needs.
Week 1: Using Twitter as a Library: How to Access Information (no Twitter account required)
Week 2: Creating a Twitter Account: How to Create a Positive Professional Online Presence on Twitter
Week 3: The Anatomy of a Tweet: Understanding the Language of Twitter
September 28 to October 16, 2015
November 9 to November 27, 2015
Twitter for Self-Directed Professional Learning
This 3-week course is for educators who have a Twitter account, but who feel unsure about how to use it for professional learning. A Twitter Account is required for this course.
Week 1: Building your Online Professional Learning Network
Week 2: Tweeting
Week 3: Curating Online Content
October 19 to November 6, 2015
Twitter for Education Leaders
This 3-week course is for school and system leaders who want to leverage the power of Twitter to enhance communications between the school, the board and the community.
Week 1: Building Your Understanding of the Power of Social Media
Week 2: Building a Positive Digital Footprint
Week 3: Building Your Audience
November 9 to November 27, 2015
Leveraging Twitter for Rich Professional Learning
This course is for educators who have spent some time on Twitter, but who want to refine their understanding of social media for professional learning. This course is ideal for educators who have a Twitter account and who use Twitter now and then, but don’t make use of social media on a daily basis.
Week 1: Building and Refining your Professional Learning Network (PLN)
Week 2: Twitter Tools for Learning
Week 3: Twitter chats and conversations
January 11 to January 29 (2016)
Registration is free and there is no obligation to participate if you change your mind or your schedule does not allow you to be involved.
The courses are based on the Constructivist MOOC approach. A number of learning opportunities will be organized for you. As a professional learner, you access the opportunities you need for your professional learning. We will support your learning. Success in a MOOC is often enhanced when educators learn as a group, so encourage your colleagues to register and learn with you.
Register for courses here:
A course calendar will be sent to you by email one week prior to the start of your course.
All course materials and learning opportunities will be completely open and advertised on the OSSEMOOC site for any participants.
We look forward to learning with you!