Course Syllabus




Instructors:  Dianne McKee, M.Ed. and Lori Ferguson, M.A.
TA: June Yoon
Textbook Cost: Free
Course Dates: March 21 to December 9, 2013
Class Format: MOOC
Prerequisites: None





 Meet your instructors and TA: Lori, June and Dianne


This course is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). How will you benefit from participating? You will receive lots of great information and opportunities to connect and collaborate with others who are interested in this topic. There's no cost to you, but there's no credit either. However, if you complete everything, we'll give you a nifty certificate!  This course is open, that means that anyone can join and the work for this course is shared between everyone taking it.

First things first.  You need to complete the Student Demographics Survey. Once you've done that, each week's content will unlock automatically. You are welcome to jump around and complete what's most relevant to your teaching practice. 

Each module presents a weeks worth of videos, readings and other information related to the week's topic. Spend as much time as you need to explore and absorb the information. Finish out the week by using what you've learned with your students and sharing the results in a discussion on Google+.  You can find links to the modules on the Modules page, this page, and on the Syllabus.  If you have questions, please send a message to 

If you're new to MOOCs, you may want to watch this video:

Citation: Cormier, D.  (2010, December 8). What is a MOOC? [Video file]. Retrieved from

Instructor and TA Support 

Your instructors and TA will be participating in your Google+ Community posts daily, with comments, suggestions and of course, kudos! We will also provide any support you may need.  But also look to your fellow MOOCers for feedback and suggestions on your posts!  Emails will be returned within 24 hours. 


Each assignment is worth 100 points, for a total of 600; and will be graded by your instructors.  Full points will be awarded if assignments are completed according to instructions. Assignments will be graded within 72 hours of submission.  If you would like to earn a completion certificate, you must complete all assignments listed, with a minimum of 75 points each, by December 9, 2013.  The assignment due dates listed are suggested; you're always free to submit something late, as long as you submit by the course end date.

A Note about Technology

You do not need to be a tech-wizard, but you will need to be able to navigate the web and use a variety of web-based technologies in this course.  (These technologies all have tutorials available on their sites.)  If you're trying to complete this course from your school computer in your classroom, you might find that some or much of the content is blocked. We encourage you to talk to your school or district IT department, media specialist or administration about procedures for unblocking internet content.  

Get Started!

Now, you will move on the the Student Orientation which provides information on navigating the Canvas Learning Management Systems, takes your through a short survey, and finally, prepares you for participating with your peers by getting settled into our Google+ Community. 


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This course is presented as part of the National Science Foundation-funded ST4STEM grant, 
housed at the 
Maricopa Community Colleges in Tempe, Arizona.



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