Syllabus

Deeper Learning MOOC (DLMOOC)

A collaborative exploration of deeper learning and putting progressive theory into real practice by looking at what education could and should be about

Deeper Learning happens a lot. It happens in your classroom. It happens in your school.
How can it happen more often?
Brought to you by High Tech High Graduate School of Education, Peer to Peer University, MIT Media Lab, the Hewlett Foundation Deeper Learning Community of Practice, and the Raikes Foundation Middle Shift Learning Network

Who should take this MOOC?

Teachers, school leaders, and other educators interested in encouraging more deeper learning in their schools and classrooms. Although the course is aimed at school practitioners, others may benefit from the course as well.

What is deeper learning?

  • Master core academic content
  • Think critically and solve complex problems
  • Work collaboratively
  • Communicate effectively
  • Learn how to learn (e.g., self-directed learning)
  • Academic mindsets

Course Goals:

  • I will experience deeper learning myself so that I can bring these principles back to my own work and community.
  • I will try out one or more of the deeper learning strategies explored in the course.
  • I will connect and share my deeper learning work with a community.
  • I will see how deeper learning strategies presented in the course align with the Common Core State Standards or other required standards.

Weekly Agenda

Below is an outline of the topics the course will be exploring each week. Each week will contain:

  • Panel discussion
  • “Lens into the Classroom” conversations with practitioners about implementing deeper learning and the Common Core State Standards
  • Readings
  • Video
  • Put it into Practice experiences

Possible featured panelists include:

  Ron Berger  Ron Berger, Chief Program Officer at Expeditionary Learning and author of An Ethic of Excellence
Elliot Washor  Elliot Washor, Co-Director of Big Picture Learning and an author of Leaving to Learn
Bob Lenz  Bob Lenz, CEO of Envision Schools
Peter-Kannam  Peter Kannam, Managing Partner, America Achieves
Larry Rosenstock  Larry Rosenstock, Chief Executive Officer, High Tech High

Rob Riordan  Rob Riordan, Emperor of Rigor, High Tech High
Eduardo Briceño   Eduardo Briceño, CEO of Mindset Works
Camille Farrington    Camille Farrington, Research Associate (Assistant Professor) at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration (SSA)
Carissa Romero   Carissa Romero, Stanford University, Department of Psychology

Week 1, Week of January 20, 2014
Theme: Introduction to this course; Deeper Learning: What is it, why do we want it, how does it promote student engagement and achievement

Week 2, Week of January 27, 2014
Theme: Looking at student work for Deeper Learning
Featuring: Expeditionary Learning

Week 3, Week of February 3, 2014
Theme: Student learning via internships
Featuring: Big Picture Learning

Week 4, Week of February 10, 2014
Theme: Personalized Learning, student voice and choice
Featuring: Edvisions Schools and the Asia Society

Week 5, Week of February 17, 2014
Theme: Deeper Learning for a wide range of students
Featuring: The Internationals Network for Public Schools and New Visions for Public Schools

Week 6, Week of February 24, 2014
Theme: Academic Mindsets

Week 7, Week of March 3, 2014
Theme: Assessing for Deeper Learning
Featuring: Envision Schools, ConnectED, and New Tech Network

Week 8, Week of March 10, 2014
Theme: Exhibiting student work, Audience, Curation of student work
Featuring: High Tech High

Week 9, Week of March 17, 2014
Theme: Final reflections and next steps

31 thoughts on “Syllabus

  1. Thanks for bringing this up, Michelle. The welcome videos now have captions, and we’re looking into providing this for our other course videos as well. Providing broad accessibility is important to us.

    • Thanks for your question, Audrey.

      Most likely this last week will be final reflections from anyone who wants to share….facilitators, participants, etc. All informal and optional like the rest of this MOOC! :) We’ll provide more details as we get closer. (We like to keep things flexible so that we can adjust to meet participants’ needs as we go.)

  2. I work in a department of education and help administer a federal grant to adult basic education service providers. I do not have regular access to learners. Will I be able to participate since I do not have samples of student work and cannot immediately implement what I learn in this course? I have shared the information about this course with our program directors and instructors.

    • Jessie, yes, you will be able to participate without having direct access to learners. In fact, there are many participants that are administrators, parents, students, foundation staff members, and other interested parties. We’ll be making the suggested assignments in DLMOOC very flexible so that people can participate in a variety of ways. (And in fact, if you want to skip certain assignments or design your own, that’s great too.)

      Thanks for helping us spread the word about DLMOOC!

  3. Jessie, yes, you will be able to participate without having direct access to learners. In fact, there are many participants that are administrators, parents, students, foundation staff members, and other interested parties. We’ll be making the suggested assignments in DLMOOC very flexible so that people can participate in a variety of ways. (And in fact, if you want to skip certain assignments or design your own, that’s great too.)

    Thanks for helping us spread the word about DLMOOC!

  4. Hello,
    My staff and I are interested in participating, what is my next step ( I have never participated in a MOOC)?

  5. I am very interested in the 9 week course and have signed up, but want to check my understanding of how it works. I see the topic for each week and I see that the information comes in a variety of forms. What I am unsure of is how the interaction works? Is the interaction among colleagues only in the form of blog comments, or is there an actual time/date where folks come together live to chat??

    Thanks!

    • Thanks for your question, Kathy. There are many options for interaction. Here are a few:
      - There will be extensive informal conversations and interactions on our G+ community (https://plus.google.com/u/1/communities/109999014963590178695). Some will also be talking in Twitter if you are there.
      - Some people are blogging on their own blogs, and we can all comment there. (See blog hub at http://dlmooc.deeper-learning.org/blog-hub/)
      - There will be group chats during the live events on Mon. and Thurs. (For those who watch them later, there will also be Vialogues, which allow people to chat about the video asynchronously.)
      - There is also an option for people to set up smaller groups, either f2f or virtual, to interact with a smaller group. See http://dlmooc.deeper-learning.org/form-a-dlmooc-group/ These groups will likely set up some live meet-ups.

      Of course, people will probably come up with other ways to interact too. And of course, you shouldn’t feel obligated to do any or all of these — just pick the ones that work for you.

      Hope that is helpful, and welcome to DLMOOC!

        • This is always a challenge with informal PD and the way in which different districts certify PD in different ways. One thing you might consider is keeping your own learning log to document how you participated and what you learned.

  6. Sounds exciting! How do I know that my registration was received? Do we have to have any special technology to receive and take the course? Will we be able to view the course after it airs if we cannot be present the exact time it airs? Thank you. Denise

    • Denise,

      You should have received a confirmation of your registration, but sometimes they go into a spam folder or otherwise get lost. I checked and don’t see your reg under this email. I’ll email you to follow up on this.

      Re: the course, you don’t need any special technology, except an Internet connected computer. More information about how the course works is here: http://dlmooc.deeper-learning.org/how-does-this-dlmooc-thing-work/

      And yes, the live events will be archived if you want to watch them later.

      Welcome to DLMOOC! If you haven’t already, make sure to join our G+ community.

  7. I teach Kindergarten, will there be things that I will be able to use with my little ones or is the class more focused on older students?

  8. I am interested in the Deeper Learning Course. But it is almost over..in two weeks it wraps up. Is there an upcoming course starting soon? What are my options?

    • There may be future courses, but we don’t have any scheduled right now. If you don’t want to wait, you are welcome to proceed through the materials on your own schedule. Everything is archived and will remain posted indefinitely.

  9. I really enjoy the videos. I appreciate the one on displaying students’ work. At first I would just display the “so called’ good pieces and ‘boxed’ the others. I now display most of my students and the ones who usually do not show any signs of learning are now trying to complete their work because they they want it to go on the display board. this is very motivating to them.

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