EdPolicy Education: New MOOCs from ExcelinEd

Open online resources are changing learning on planet earth. Children watch free math videos online. Farmers connect to global markets for real time price information. The world’s knowledge is cataloged as soon as it is created. Professionals learn from the best professors in the world through free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC).

This week, education policymakers have a new resource to help them better understand and implement education reform efforts. The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), Getting Smart Advocacy Partner, launched EdPolicy Leaders Online, which is getting kicked off with three short free courses for policymakers.

Many state policymakers enter office with limited experience with education and the layers of arcane policy by which it is governed. But even the most experienced lawmakers are finding it challenging to support the emerging opportunity to use technology to create powerful learning environments. These courses were designed as just-in-time resources to address basic as well as emerging questions.

The courses were designed to empower policymakers to, “Build an educational system that maximizes every student’s potential for learning and prepares all students for success in the 21st Century.” While specifically developed for education reform advocates and policymakers the courses will prove to be useful for a broad audience that shares this mission or has interest in the topics.

Designed with leaders in mind, the courses feature nearly 40 experts across the education landscape including superintendents, senators, parents, policy makers, teachers, and CEOs. Access to these experts helps provide diverse experience, knowledge, tools and resources needed to advance and implement upcoming reforms.

EdPolicy Leaders Online are hosted on Canvas LMS by Instructure, Getting Smart Advocacy Partner, which hosts a variety of short courses for secondary, higher education and general audiences.

The first three courses, open for enrollment and beginning March 23, include:

  1. Data Privacy? Get Schooled: Developed in coordination with the Data Quality Campaign, this will discuss the value data brings to improve education, offer recommendations for addressing privacy concerns while promoting effective data use, and explore lessons learned from existing and emerging policies in education and other sectors.
  2. Securing Our Nation’s Future: A failing American educational system threatens U.S. national security. In this course, participants will learn about these threats, the urgent need for education reform and how America can ensure its own security and global leadership for future generations.
  3. Communications Boot Camp – Winning the Ed Reform Conversation: Communication is key, and how we deliver our messages makes a big difference when it comes to winning the education reform conversation. Participants in this course will build communications skills in media relations, targeted messaging, and the use of social media.

Each of the self-paced modules are built to accommodate busy schedules and offer official recognition of completion that can be shared on social media and resumes. Don’t miss out, enroll today.

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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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