Last year, the San Diego County Office of Education began offering free online courses for education technology professionals across the state interested in strengthening their digital literacies. Nearly 700 learners have taken the course and thanks to its popularity, the course will be offered again—at no cost—starting Feb. 24.
Learners will explore:
- Web-based and other electronic tools
- The grammar of the Internet
- What it means to be digital information fluent
- Advanced online search literacy tactics
- How to use electronic devices more efficiently
- Frameworks for digital education literacy
- Various digital literacy curricula for use with students and other stakeholders
The "massive open online course," or MOOC, is made available through the Canvas learning management system. On day one of the course, a live webinar is provided for all enrollees designed to orient them with how to use the Canvas learning management system as well as to orient them with the course expectations, procedures, and objectives.
Although the course is entirely free, two optional graduate-level units are available from San Diego State University (fee of $295 applies). The learning outcomes of this six-week course are devised so that by the end of the course, participants
will be able to:
- Appraise and practice the use of a variety of online tools for communication, productivity, collaboration, analysis, and presentation
- Demonstrate a more technical understanding of the Internet
- Model digital information fluency
- Collaborate with colleagues with web-based technologies
- Demonstrate appropriate use of technologies to enhance student learning
Upon successful completion, learners will receive a certificate of completion as well as a digital badge.