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Foundations of Virtual Instruction

Learn what it takes to teach a K-12 course online! Investigate the history of virtual education, explore innovative tools,

Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Education

Function : Teaching

Trainer name : Cindy Carbajal,Dr. Sarah Eichhorn

Starts on : 30th Jun 2014

Duration : 5 Weeks

Difficulty : Advanced

Foundations of Virtual Instruction
Part of the "Virtual Teacher Program" Specialization »
Learn what it takes to teach a K-12 course online! Investigate the history of virtual education, explore innovative tools, and examine key issues related to K-12 virtual instruction.

About the Course
This course provides teachers with the foundation for understanding the movement towards virtual instruction. It introduces fundamental knowledge needed by teachers to succeed in a technology-dependent, instructional environment. You will explore the history of online learning and understand how a variety of delivery models are evolving in the K-12 environment, ranging from completely online to hybrid or blended classrooms. We will discuss how the programs work and who they serve, addressing some basics about equity issues, access and school funding, as well as ethical and legal issues that support and challenge the models. Upon completion of the course, you will understand what it takes to transition from teaching in the classroom to providing virtual instruction.

Course Format
This class will consist of short weekly lecture videos (with embedded quiz questions), totaling 1 to 2 hours of viewing. There will also be weekly quizzes (4 total), 1 assignment, and a final exam.

Students who successfully complete this class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment from Coursera.  

Course eligibility

Recommended Background
The course is primarily for:

  • Teachers working with children ages 5 - 18
  • Faculty working with further education, community college or vocational students
  • Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty
  • Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
  • Please note that although this program is offered to participants from around the world, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based on the education structure and processes of the United States. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own country-based experiences in the forums. 
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Course Syllabus
Over five weeks, we will cover the following topics:

  • Week 1: History of Virtual Education 
  • Week 2: Synchronous and Asynchronous Technologies 
  • Week 3: Transitioning from the Classroom to a Virtual Environment 
  • Week 4: Equity and Access, Funding, and the Law 
  • Week 5: The Future of Virtual Education and Review


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