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Teacher MOOC Shares Best Practices for Online Ed

The not-for-profit Blended Schools Network is hosting a new MOOC for K-12 educators focused on best practices in online teaching.

According to BSN, the seven-week MOOC, "Today's Online Teacher," will cover online teaching trends, techniques, and strategies, with emphasis on supporting online students, encouraging community-building, differentiating online instruction, and identifying problems that need intervention. It will also explore content creation and validation of course materials.

"Each week of the seven-week course includes a live session, course materials, sharing by participants, and feedback on projects," according to BSN. "It's also filled with opportunities for teachers to make connections and build a learning community. Throughout the course, teachers will get feedback on their work from experienced online teachers."

According to BSN Director of Professional Development Mark Radcliffe, "After completing our course, an online teacher will be ready to run a high quality course from beginning to end. We are focusing on making sure that each week's activities lead to immediate benefits for the teachers and their students."

The "Today's Online Teacher" MOOC will kick off Oct. 21. Additional details can be found on the Blended Schools Network site.

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