|Schedule||July 19 to August 15, 2021 (4 weeks)|
|Registration||Open until August 15 · click here|
|Intended audience||Students aged 14 to 22 from across Canada or around the world|
|Workload||5 hours per week (20 hours total)|
LTLO Express is a MOOC, which stands for Massive Open Online Course. A MOOC is a course built for the internet age and our connected, social network world. It is:
- Massive: In this course, you will be learning alongside hundreds of other participants, joining in fast-paced discussions with new friends from next-door and from around the world.
- Open: Anyone (within the 14-22 age range) can take this course. There are no pre-requisites, and you can join any time between now and the end of the course.
- Online: How better to learn about online learning?
- ... and a Course: It is structured and supported by a team of facilitators, to help you learn how to learn online in a clear and organized way.
Two levels of certification are possible. If you complete all four quizzes with a score of 80% or higher on each, you will qualify for a Certificate of Participation. If you also complete the final assignment, your Online Learning Manifesto, you will earn a Certificate of Completion. There is no charge for certificates.
UNIT 1: Why do I want to learn online?
In this first unit, you'll hear Aaric's story and consider your own personal reasons for learning online. This will lead to a discussion of the differences between classroom-based and online learning, formal and informal learning, and active and passive learning. We'll talk about goals and the active learning cycle, and what it takes to be an independent learner. By the end of the unit, you'll be able to state clearly why you want to learn online! After this unit, you will be able to:
- identify the value to you of making the transition to online learning,
- compare online learning to socializing and gaming online,
- explain the differences between formal and informal learning,
- describe some of the benefits and challenges of becoming a virtual learner,
- outline the active learning cycle, and
- explain the role of online learning in your larger learning journey.
UNIT 2: How do I want to learn online?
In this second unit, you'll follow Katie as she finds a way to make her online learning work for her, meeting the requirements of the course while staying true to her own learning preferences. You'll consider your own learning preferences and whether there is such a thing as "the best way to learn." By the end, you'll know how you want to learn and how to make it work in your course! After this unit, you will be able to:
- identify your own learning preferences,
- describe the benefits of multiple modes of learning, and
- explain how to stretch yourself to learn in modes other than your own learning preferences to make the learning more meaningful and interesting for you.
UNIT 3: What do I need to know to learn online?
In this third unit, you'll learn the new rules of the online learning game with Min-jun, the human computer. These include navigating your way around learning management systems, interacting with online instructors, and communicating online to get things done together while staying safe and protecting your privacy. By the end, you'll know what it takes to level up! After this unit, you will be able to:
- describe some of the features of a learning management system,
- explain the differences between interacting with a classroom teacher and an online instructor,
- compare extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and give examples of each, and
- outline some of the factors you should consider in using online tools responsibly, including online safety, privacy, and academic integrity.
UNIT 4: What are my own secrets to success in online learning?
In this final unit, you'll explore Sophia's world as she reshapes it to support her online learning - and reinvents herself in the process. You'll discover some of the physical, external changes you will need to make in your life to match the virtual change of becoming an online learner, including new workspaces, new relationships, and new habits to live a healthy learning life. By the end, you'll have your own personal learning manifesto! At the end of this unit, you will be able to:
- describe some of the personal and lifestyle changes in becoming an online learner,
- define your physical and online learning space,
- outline the importance of differenet learning networks,
- create your own learning strategies for success online, and
- write your own learning manifesto.