Louisiana Tech – Discovery Education Partnership
Louisiana Tech has launched four online graduate courses designed to support current educators who are teaching in the online learning environment across the state of Louisiana and two courses to support STEM education. Created in partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for P-12 classrooms, the four non-STEM education courses lead to a graduate certificate in online teaching and learning, and all six courses may be applied to a Master of Education degree.
Digital Teaching in the Online Environment
Digital Teaching in the Online Environment offers a toolbox of strategies that novice and veteran teachers can implement right away in their online classrooms. Engaging learners and diversifying instruction, promoting digital citizenship, creating effective, purposeful assessments, and how to effectively build online communities are among the primary themes in this course. Learners can expect to gain an improved comfort level and ability in effective online teaching designed to promote student achievement and position learners for success.
Leveraging Technology in Assessment of Student Learning
Assessment is a critical component in the teaching and learning process. When used effectively, data can be used to improve instruction and it can inform planning that is designed to meet the needs of all learners. This course will examine assessment from both a formative and summative perspective. It will identify effective processes and purposes for using assessment. As each area of assessment is explored, you will examine associated technology tools that can be used to support and enhance classroom assessment.
Designing Remote Learning
Designing Remote Learning supports novice and veteran educators who wish to create or improve the online learning experiences for their students. This course includes strategies that address crafting clear course expectations, designing measurable outcomes and assessments, ensuring that the entire course meets accessibility and usability standards, and leveraging effective, appropriate technology to foster quality engagement and student achievement. Participants will emerge with the skills to facilitate a new or improved learning experience appropriate for their grade level, content area(s), and student demographic.
Technology Integration Coaching
By definition, instructional coaches work collaboratively with peer teachers to improve teaching. Educational technology coaches work toward attaining the same outcome but focus on the appropriate and effective uses of various educational technologies. Coaches work with teachers to identify a baseline of behaviors, set meaningful goals for technology integration based on resources and student needs, assist teachers in developing technology literacy, aid teachers in effectively integrating various technologies into their daily teaching and provide ongoing supports for successful educational technology use. This course will investigate the basic tenants of instructional coaching and then delve into strategies to help teachers attain digital literacy and effective application of technology to enrich content through evidence based practices.
Practices and Implementation of STEM Education
This course examines the need for STEM education, framing the development of a personal, applicable definition in practice. Special emphasis on instructional practices, student outcomes (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) and connections to content standards will be made. Students will create and evaluate STEM activities, lessons, and assessments as they develop an understanding of STEM implementation.
Creating a STEM Culture Through Application
This course establishes the importance of developing a STEM culture through the design, application, and evaluation of relevant, student-centered units embedded with community and career connections. A transdisciplinary approach to integrating STEM practices will be explored.
The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA), through Louisiana GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), will provide limited scholarships and access for these educational resources from Discovery Education and Louisiana Tech University for cohort teachers.
GEAR UP teachers should indicate in the comment section that they are part of the cohort when applying to ensure review of the application for scholarship opportunities.