In early summer 2014, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inaugurated, in collaboration with the Institute of Education of the University of London, a first MOOC focusing on the teaching and use of ICT in primary education. Both theoretical and practical, this MOOC takes place on the Coursera platform.
Entitled " ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children's learning across the curriculum », The MOOC (massive open online course, a completely free course) is intended as a place of exchange between the various actors of the primary environment. It is therefore aimed at both teachers, school administrators, professionals and anyone interested in the use and teaching of ICT to children. The stories of practice, the sharing of experiences and the case studies come from many countries and enrich the learning.
For its first edition, the MOOC recorded more than 7,000 registrations from nearly 70 countries. Although there is no other session planned soon, it is possible to subscribe to a list to be informed of its next holding.
Developed under the direction of Diana Laurillard, of theInstitute of Education from the University of London, based on the work of UNESCO Institute for the Application of Information Technologies in Education, the course has four main objectives:
- help the primary sector to integrate ICT in education;
- develop the use of ICT in primary education;
- support the various stakeholders in the obstacles they encounter;
- innovate pedagogically using ICT.
The school of 21e century, the positive impacts that ICTs can have on teaching and knowledge development, their use as an agent of change in education and ways to overcome the obstacles that they can create in everyday life are among the topics covered in the course.
The animation of the MOOC is notably provided by eight specialists from all over the world, including Florian Meyer, from the University of Sherbrooke. It takes about four to ten hours of work per week to complete the various activities of the course. Although it is taught in English, French subtitles make it easy for learners to follow.
For more information on the content covered and the different modalities, you can consult the page of the Classes.