A group of students sit outside at a cafe and have coffee.If you are interested in teaching and learning with technology, and would like to try new things in your courses, join us for a coffee course. It’s a easy short course that you can do in your own time.

How does it work?

The coffee course is equivalent to a one-hour or two-hour training session, but broken down into small pieces. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) while you do a short reading or activity at morning tea time, at your own desk. It should take about 10 minutes a day, over one week. You just need to subscribe to this blog to get the updates as they happen, and join in at any time.

We will also schedule an optional face-to-face catchup to discuss the topic over coffee.

What can I learn?

Feel free to participate in just those coffee courses which interest you. The courses are designed to give you ideas on how to apply new strategies for your own teaching. The first course will be:

Flipping the Classroom

This will run from Wednesday, 7 September – Wednesday, 14 September 2016. It will be completely online, through this blog, except for an optional face-to-face catchup on Wednesday 14 September.

Other topics

From there, there will be a variety of courses on different topics covering aspects of education technology. Some planned topics include:

  • engaging students online
  • designing inclusive online courses
  • MOOCs
  • improving student writing using Turnitin
  • and more!

Please suggest additional topics that interest you as well. Just leave a comment on this post with your ideas.

How do I sign up?

All you need to do is subscribe to the blog! Enter your email in the box on the right-hand side of the screen, where it says Subscribe for Updates. Each day during the running of the course, you will receive an email with the prompt for the short activity for that day. (It should take about 10 minutes.) It might involve watching a short video and leaving a comment or idea on the blog.

If you would like recognition on your employment record for completing the course, you can register for the session on HORUS (available for ANU staff only).

Who is running it?

This course is offered by the educational designers in ANU Online, who support academics across the university in using technology effectively in their teaching. We are trialling the coffee course as a new mode and welcome your thoughts.

ANU Online also offers a variety of other training, including self-paced online training, drop-in sessions, and face-to-face sessions on campus.

 

Acknowledgements

Special thanks and acknowledgement goes to Sarah Thorneycroft and the Learning Innovations Hub at University of New England for developing the concept of coffee courses.

 

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