LTTO+ (Learning To Teach Online+) is a free professional development course run by LearningCafe which is designed for Learning and Capability Development professionals. The LTTO+ is based on the Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) on Coursera, run by UNSW.
The ‘+’ stands for contexualised learning resources provided by LearningCafe which is relevant for L&D/Capability professionals working in the corporate space.
Learners, in addition to completing the LTTO MOOC on Coursera will also participate in supplementary virtual learning sessions/discussions that add context for corporate L&D professionals and share better practices.
Learning To Teach Online (LTTO) is a MOOC that has been developed by Simon McIntyre, Director, Learning and Innovation and Dr Negin Mirriahi, Academic Developer at UNSW and is available on the Coursera MOOC platform. LTTO is designed to help existing educators establish or improve their own online or blended teaching practices. The target audience is primarily teachers in higher education, K-12, community college, and vocational or private education. In its first iteration, LTTO attracted 28,555 enrolments from 191 different countries. LTTO is based upon the award winning* educational resources developed by Simon McIntyre and Karin Watson.
Using LTTO as the foundation, LearningCafe has designed the LTTO+ which is designed for L&D professionals and practitioners who in addition to completing the LTTO MOOC on Coursera will also participate in supplementary virtual learning sessions/discussions. The LTTO+ is led by senior L&D professionals and practitioners from various organisations who set the context for corporate L&D professionals and also share better practices.Last year over 30 L&D professionals from organisations such as Qantas, ANZ, Telstra, Westpac, EY participated in the MOOC+ Study group.
Massively Online Open Courses (MOOCs), are run by leading universities (Stanford, Melbourne etc.) using a flipped classroom model. MOOCs usually run for 6 – 8 weeks requiring 4 – 6 hours of study time per week and are open to anyone to enrol. MOOCs usually comprise of online video lectures, online discussions, peer assessed assignment, course wiki and assessments. In some cases learners form face to face or virtual communities during the duration of the MOOC.
I am interested in joining the LearningCafe’s MOOC+ Study Group for Learning to Teach Online MOOC. What do I need to do?
Please register your interest here or click the register button to submit your details and we will get back to you with the joining information.
What is Learning To Teach Online (LTTO) MOOC about?
The Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) MOOC will help you develop a working understanding of successful online teaching strategies that you can apply in your own practice. The course is based upon the multi award winning open educational resource developed by Dr Simon McIntyre and Karin Watson.This course will guide you through your journey of understanding how online technologies can enhance your course design.
What is LearningCafe’s LTTO+ or MOOC+ Study Group?
The LTTO MOOC primarily focuses on Learning in the Education sector. LearningCafe has contextualized this LTTO MOOC to support L&D professionals and practitioners professional development. This Augmented MOOC Study Group or MOOC+ will comprise of L&D professionals and practitioners from various organisations who in addition to completing the LTTO MOOC on Coursera will also participate in supplementary virtual learning sessions/discussions. This will help to set context for corporate L&D professionals and share better practices.
How much time is required to complete the LTTO combination (combo)?
LTTO recommends 4 -6 hours per week for completing the MOOC.
LearningCafe anticipated 1 hour per week will be required for the Augmented Learning.
Total time for the MOOC+ combo is anticipated to be 5 – 7 hours per week.
How much will it cost?
LTTO can be accessed for free but an optional verified Coursera certificate is available for cost 63 dollars. LearningCafe is not charging for the current session of LTTO+ or MOOC+ study group.
Will the learning be effective? What are the end results?
We believe you will enjoy the flipped, blended learning experience. The end results includes the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. You can pay for the verified certificate from Coursera for $69 – 80. LearningCafe will issue a badge on completion.
What if I get busy? Can I just do the MOOC and not participate in the study group?
It is not mandatory to complete the MOOC or Study Group. You can also make up the time lost before the course finishes. Yes you can choose to complete just LTTO.
Is the Coursera certificate valuable? What about the LearningCafe badge?
Acceptance for Coursera verified certificate is nascent but growing. People proudly display courser certificates on their LinkedIn profiles. LearningCafe is recognized as one of the top value adding professional development providers in Australia. Recognition for LearningCafe badges should grow.
What technology will I require?
Browser and internet connection either on your Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone. Coursera also has a app which means you can download and study offline. You will also need to connect to GoToMeeeting for the virtual sessions.
Why is this initiative undertaken?
LearningCafe and 20 organisations who participated in this working group think it is a good idea. (see following slides). LearningCafe is all raising standards of professional development and driving innovation in L&D.
Is LearningCafe linked to LTTO or UNSW or Coursera?
Currently there is no official arrangement between LTTO or UNSW or Coursera. However LearningCafe has kept in touch with the team at UNSW while developing the augumenting resources.
Can MOOCs be used for Employee/Organisational Learning?
LearningCafé & KnowledgeWorking view MOOCs as high quality, low cost learning resource which should be used for employee learning. It offers in most cases high quality low cost learning content. Deploying MOOCs will require L&D to act as a curator of external learning content. L&D can start with an informal approach and progress to a more structured approach to deploying MOOCs.