Courses for Global Educators

Overview

The Global Educator online courses are recommended for K-20 educators and education leaders. They are multi-faceted and provide options for those who want a shorter learning experience and those who wish to become more embedded in the practice and theory of online global learning – how to connect, communicate, digital citizenship skills, intercultural understanding and online global collaboration.

The courses are designed and delivered by Julie Lindsay who has connected classrooms and educators at K-12 and higher education around the world for two decades. They are informed by her new book, ‘The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching’, in conjunction with examples from the K-12 Flat Connections online global projects, and many other resources that provide rich material for learners to engage with.

Each course provides online webinars and online content and discussion/interaction spaces. The course structures assist the participants in interacting with course leaders and each other. A special feature of each course is the guest speaker – a special webinar featuring a known global educator who will inform and support learners.

Unique features of a Flat Connections online course for global educators:

  • Use of emerging technologies and new pedagogies for taking learning global
  • Regular synchronous meet-ups and guest speakers
  • Focus on asynchronous content sharing and collaborations
  • Creation of a ‘community of practice’ around each cohort
  • Development of new pedagogies for taking learning global
  • Focus on global competence and global learning design
  • Provision of frameworks to support implementation of global learning

The Global Educator

Suggested pathways:
There are THREE possible courses to apply for under ‘The Global Educator’ offerings.

Part 1: Online Connected and Collaborative Learning for Global Understanding
Part 2: Leadership for Global Education
Part 3: Online Global Collaboration in the Curriculum

(Part 1 or Part 2 can be taken as separate standalone 4-week courses. They each provide similar material but from ‘an educator in the classroom’ (Part 1) and ‘an education leader’ (Part 2) perspective. Part 3 requires that Part 1 OR Part 2 be completed beforehand and then takes the learning from these and extends and amplifies this into the design and management of participant-created online global collaborative learning environments.)

To satisfy requirements for the full Flat Connections Global Educator certificate (and two hours of graduate credit from the University of Northern Iowa, if required), 10 weeks of modules must be completed that includes the following:

  • Part 1 OR Part 2 (4 weeks)
  • Part 3 (6 weeks)
  • Regular online interactions, blog posts, discussion forum contributions
  • Online global project design and presentation.

The Global Educator PART 1

Online Connected and Collaborative Learning for Global Understanding

Course Details

February 2017
4 weeks – Course dates are usually consecutive weeks, but may change to accommodate global participants
To explore connected and collaborative learning from a local and global perspective while using emerging technologies. Features include strategies for implementing online global collaboration and global projects across the curriculum
This course includes online materials, discussion forums and TWO online 1.5 hour webinars

A special feature is inclusion of a noted globally connected educator as a guest speaker for participants to learn from and interact with.

  • Week 1: ‘It all starts with Connected learning’ – How to connect and foster a PLN, PLC for powerful online learning
  • Week 2:‘Now for a Collaboration Taster’ – Start with local online collaborations and build to global
  • Week 3: Let’s create and co-create! – Tools and strategies for online learning to foster global understanding
  • Week 4: ‘Getting Ready to Launch Protocol’ – Everything you need to know to join and survive an online global project
  • Suggested time commitment: 4 hours per week plus 2x online webinars. Total: 19 hours
  • Required outcomes:Participants complete one collaborative assignment based on course objectives
  • This course is a pre-requisite for The Global Educator Part 3: Online Global Collaboration in the Curriculum
As a standalone course:

  • 1 teacher – $299 AUD
  • 2 or more teachers – 10% discount

As part of the Flat Connections Global Educator certificate – see cost below

What graduates say

When asked if she would recommend Flat Connections Global Educator Krista said,
Absolutely! It was especially helpful to have worked on it with other members of my school district so there was local support and guidance. But even without the local cohort, it would be beneficial. This course takes the daunting goal of global collaboration and breaks it down into bite-sized chunks which are manageable
Krista Brakhage, Colorado
Yes. It was chaotic and hectic, but that’s what our students experience. It got my hands dirty and introduced me to some wonderful educators around the globe. The chance to be guided by Julie Lindsay in this way is a golden opportunity for educators.
Cameron Patterson, Australia

The Global Educator PART 2

Leadership for Global Education

Course Details

February 2017
4 weeks – Course dates are usually consecutive weeks, but may change to accommodate global participants
To explore leadership paradigms for the implementation of online global learning at all levels. Features include a hands-on approach to shifting practice as a leader and strategies for managing pedagogical change to take learning from local to global modes.
This course includes online materials, discussion forums and TWO online 1.5 hour webinars

A special feature is inclusion of a noted globally connected educator as a guest speaker for participants to learn from and interact with.

  • Week 1:‘Be the leader’ – Understand connected leadership priorities and styles for a flat, connected learning environment
  • Week 2:‘Leadership for change in a flat world’ – Leadership and pedagogical change for online global learning
  • Week 3: ‘Follow the leader’ – Activities and workflow habits that lead the shift we need to see, including global digital citizenship
  • Week 4: ‘It’s imperative!’ – Leadership strategies to design, implement and manage global experiences
  • Suggested time commitment: 4 hours per week plus 2x online webinars. Total: 19 hours
  • Required outcomes:Participants complete one collaborative assignment based on course objectives
  • This course is a pre-requisite for The Global Educator Part 3: Online Global Collaboration in the Curriculum
As a standalone course:

  • 1 teacher – $299 AUD
  • 2 or more teachers – 10% discount

As part of the Flat Connections Global Educator certificate – see cost below

What graduates say

It gave an understanding of the organizational framework behind the programs and the kind of technology and skill level needed by a teacher and students to achieve good outcomes
Avylon Magaray, Australia
I will highly recommend this course. The world is flat and the classroom needs to become flat too. I also think that this course offers a great opportunity for teachers to exchange ideas and to learn new skills to be applied in the classroom straight away.
Moreover, this course comes with the added bonus of a GREAT and CARING learning community with lots of creative ideas.
Catalina Valenzuela

The Global Educator PART 3

Online Global Collaboration in the Curriculum

Course Details

March 2017
This course aims to provide educators at all levels (K-12, Tertiary/Pre-service, Teacher educators) with resources and skills to go embed online global collaboration into the curriculum. This includes how to introduce and sustain global learning into your curriculum as well as how to join and complete, design, implement and manage a global collaborative project. Focus is on connected and collaborative learning using Web 2.0 and other technologies.
This course is the second part of the Flat Connections Global Educator certificate. It includes online materials, discussion forums and FOUR online 1.5 hour webinars. A special feature is inclusion of a noted globally connected educator as a guest speaker for participants to learn from and interact with.

  • Week 1:‘Dispelling the myths of online global collaboration’ – Explore, engage, discover online global collaboration at all levels
  • Week 2:‘From creation to co-creation’ – How to build online global communities that work together and co-create outcomes
  • Week 3: ‘Design, design, design!’ – Global collaboration and project design essentials across the curriculum
  • Online Global Collaboration Taxonomy explored as a guiding structure for learning design
  • Week 4:‘Manage the learning while online and global’ – Essential strategies for managing online learning designs
  • Norms of Online Global Collaboration explored as a way to support shared understanding
  • Week 5: ‘Forge new learning modes’ – Exploration of student ideas for online global learning including peer-review
  • Week 6: ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ – Final review of course and sharing of new global designs for learning
  • Suggested time commitment: 4 hours per week plus 4x online webinars. Total: 30 hours
  • Required outcomes:Participants complete two assignments
    • A collaborative assignment based on course objectives
    • An individual global project / learning environment design and presentation
As a standalone course – $399 AUD

 

For the Flat Connections Global Educator certificate (Part 1 or Part 2 as well as Part 3)

  • Full cost – $698 AUD
  • Part 1 OR Part 2 and then Part 3 taken consecutively – 10% discount
  • Two or more teachers at the same school join in the same semester – 15% discount

What graduates say

Wow! Where do I begin? The one thing I learned is that I have so much to learn. I came into this course thinking I was quite tech savvy and with current trends. I quickly learned that this whole notion of global connectedness is massive and very, very cool. I learned that there is this whole entire online community of amazing people who are trying their hardest every single day to become better educators and to empower their students and themselves. I continued my notion that learning how to work with people from all over the world is a very important element to education right now. We must learn how to work with others both in person and online. We may not know what type of jobs are going to exist in the future, but it is a guarantee that working with others and global collaboration will be part of the mix.
Aaron Maurer
I learned pretty much everything I know about global collaboration as this was my first real experience with creating such projects. I learned what to consider as important goals and objectives, how to structure a working framework for a project, how to manage the project by learning 21st century tools like pull technologies. I learned how I can reach out to others to find partners. I gained friends and a supportive network.” and “Yes [recommend the course to others]. I think it provides the framework and scaffolding one might want to feel comfortable creating and participating in a global collaborative project. It’s a great way to network and find supportive and like minded people from around the world
Cynthia Sandler
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