e-Learning for Educators
|21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts Classroom**|
Integrating 21st Century skills and technology tools into all areas of education is necessary to prepare today's students to compete globally. This six session online course, plus an orientation session, is one of several eLearning courses that focus on incorporating 21st Century teaching and learning. Participants in this course will be introduced to 21st Century skills and tools and how they can be used in the visual arts classroom, grades K-12. Participants in this course will complete an instructional plan that includes 21st Century skills and tools.
**Based upon course revisions during Summer 2011 this course will be, effective October 2011, recognized as a technology course and will meet the technology coursework requirements for recertification.
**Participants in this course must be employed as a visual arts teacher.
21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts Classroom
This course, 21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts Classroom, provides informational articles, resources and activities that focus on incorporating 21st Century teaching and learning into the visual arts classroom, grades k-12. The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation during which participants explore the use of 21st Century skills and tools and their place in the visual arts classroom as they complete a lesson plan that includes course resources and tools.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists and administrators. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents throughout this course.
This workshop will enable participants to understand:
Assessment and Course Requirements
Each session includes readings, activities and a discussion assignment which participants are required to complete. High-quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course. Additionally, participants will develop portions of a lesson plan during each week’s session. Weekly assignments address sections of this lesson plan and a mid-course check will occur during Session Three.
As a final project, participants will complete a lesson plan utilizing a lesson template. Participants will need to download and use the template to help them complete the projects which is due in Session Six. Course participants will complete weekly assignments, including active participation in the online discussion board. In addition, participants will develop and share their ideas to incorporate tools and strategies presented in the workshop into their own curricula.
Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and two that respond to existing threads. Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality. Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance and the degree to which they extend the discussion. Participants are to read all original messages by course colleagues and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session.