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A Couple MOOCs on Coursera

A Couple MOOCs on Coursera

February 2, 2015

If you’re interested in joining a MOOC, there are a couple interesting MOOCs that you might want to explore:

Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools

This MOOC started yesterday (Feb 1), and it’s offered by University of Houston System. It promises to explore a variety of Web 2.0 tools that can be integrated in your classroom. The course also includes a project that allows you to plan (and possibly try out) using one of the tools in your classroom and receive feedback on that.

This is an overview of their weekly tasks:

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The course is only 5 weeks long, and you can join it for free, but to join a signature track, you’ll need to pay some money. To sign up for the course, please visit this page: 


Shaping the Way We Teach English, 2: Paths to Success in ELT

This course starts in 6 days, and it’s offered by U.S. Department of State and the University of Oregon. Topics include:

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I’m not really sure about its structure, but if it follows a similar structure to its first course (link), it shouldn’t be overwhelming. In the current course (#1), students were required to watch a 3-5 minute introductory video, read an interesting article, watch a 5-8 minute video of lessons relevant to the reading/topic, take a quiz (not timed, she says with a grin), and participate in a discussion board.

Joining this course is free of charge, and it’s for 5 weeks too. To sign up for the course, please visit this page:
Let me know if you join! (:


February 2, 2015
Professional Development

Sebah Al-Ali

An ESL lecturer whose experience in programming and web development has made her passionate about integrating technology in her classes. She’s mainly interested in how technology can be efficiently utilized to facilitate active learning, develop interactive curriculum, and train teachers.

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