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
- 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.
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
- Put it into Practice experiences
Possible featured panelists include:
Ron Berger, Chief Program Officer at Expeditionary Learning and author of An Ethic of Excellence
Elliot Washor, Co-Director of Big Picture Learning and an author of Leaving to Learn
Bob Lenz, CEO of Envision Schools
Peter Kannam, Managing Partner, America Achieves
Larry Rosenstock, Chief Executive Officer, High Tech High
Rob Riordan, Emperor of Rigor, High Tech High
Eduardo Briceño, CEO of Mindset Works
Camille Farrington, Research Associate (Assistant Professor) at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration (SSA)
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