COL has launched COLcommons.org, a brand-new platform with competency-based, professional development micro-courses. Complying with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, the courses take a simple “tell and test” approach and use video and interactive quizzes to help learners study at their own pace and time.
Currently, the platform hosts five courses. In addition to COL’s popular course on “Understanding Open Educational Resources,” it includes a new course on “Universal Design for Learning,” which will help institutions address the issue of designing accessible teaching and learning materials for persons with disabilities. The other short courses currently available are “Introduction to Microlearning,” “Learning Analytics: a Primer,” and “Computational Thinking for Teachers.”
Upon course completion, learners earn certificates that can be shared via social media.
“The platform has been designed for collaboration with educational institutions in the Commonwealth to offer the courses as part of their staff training programmes, and support building capacities in partner institutions”, says Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, COL Education Specialist: eLearning.
To enroll in the courses, register at: https://colcommons.org/