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Creating Learning Environments in the Digital Space - 03

Sep 28 - Oct 14, 2020

$250 Enroll

Full course description

Course Information

Recent quick moves to online or remote instruction has forced us all to think differently about what it means to create a classroom space and the approaches we as educators take to support student learning. With the online or remote context in mind, this fully online course is designed to get participants to think holistically about the learning environment they wish to create,  explore the social and digital influences on the LE and to become more intentional about designing learning experiences that reflect 21st-century values and priorities of learning and teaching.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be better prepared to:

  • structure and design their virtual learning spaces to reflect 21-century skills development,

  • translate the values of the face to face traditional classroom to the online learning context,

  • develop lesson plans that appropriately use technology for learning remotely, 

  • apply best practices in online/remote teaching. 


Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the various influences on the digital learning environment

  2. Use lessons from the informal learning experience to inform learning design

  3. Articulate your priorities in 21st-century skills and design your learning environment appropriately.

  4. Critically analyze what technology tools communicate about the learning environment.

  5. Use the Community of Inquiry framework to create ‘presence’ in the digital learning environment. 

  6. Design lessons that effectively uses web-based technology to reflect the needs of 21-century learning.

Connection to MA-DESE Professional Standards for Teachers

This course addresses the following areas of  7.08: Professional Standards for Teachers

  1.  Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment

  2.  Teaching All Students

         (d)  Professional Culture


Timeline and Requirements:
The course runs over a period of 2 ½ weeks.  This instructor-led, fully online course is made of  3 lessons, each lasting 5 days (excluding holidays).  Each lesson consists of a 75 min synchronous session, selected readings, videos and web resources, and an assignment submission.  

Submission of all assignments and participation in the 3 synchronous sessions would be required to earn PDPs for this course.   

The course orientation open on September 28th and 3 synchronous sessions meet at the follow dates and times:

  • September 30th, 4:30 - 5:45 PM EDT
  • October 7th, 4:30 - 5:45 PM EDT
  • October 14th, 4:30 - 5:45 PM EDT

Fees & Policies:
Tuition includes all instructional materials. Participants receive a certificate of participation and professional development points.

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Refunds will be granted only up to the first day of class/program.

Course Instructor

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Keisha Valdez

Dr. Keisha Valdez has been a professional educator for over 22 years. She has been a teacher, coach, and mentor for new professionals, teachers, school leaders, and university faculty. As a former urban, public elementary school teacher she has remained tied to teacher education over the years. She has advised struggling schools/districts on strategies for improving student outcomes, school reform, school-based management and raising the quality of teaching, learning and parent support.

Dr. Valdez currently serves as a Senior Learning Experience Designer at Boston College working with online courses and programs. Also, she designs and teaches professional development workshops and credit-bearing courses related to Designing Learning Environments, Intercultural Competence, and Culturally Responsive Teaching.

Dr. Valdez has expertise in the design and facilitation of highly interactive, action-oriented seminars, workshops, and courses. Her work has provided her opportunities to facilitate workshops and education research presentations in the USA, Trinidad, Samoa, South Africa, UK, and the British Virgin Islands.