It’s no secret that professional development makes a significant difference for school leaders working to transform education.
With a mission to empower every educator to do and achieve more, Microsoft has partnered with edX to offer free online courses that feature the latest research, current technologies and contemporary approaches to learning design. Created in 2012 through a joint venture of MIT and Harvard University, edX is a nonprofit online initiative that organizations around the world use to host massive open online courses (MOOCs), private training programs, and corporate learning programs.
We launched our first in January after working with edX, The University of Michigan, MIT and University of Queensland. More than 40,000 educators from over 125 countries participated and the positive feedback is still coming in:
“I did three courses with edX. Each course is spectacularly designed and gave me a broader perspective for planning – especially Launching Innovation in Schools. This deeper learning [made me look more closely at] what I am doing now. I can’t wait to register for other courses, and I definitely appreciate this opportunity.”
– Kalpana Kishorekumar, Chung Hwa Middle School, Brunei Darussalam
There’s more good news: If you missed these courses in January, you can now take them as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
To sign up for any of these free courses, follow the course links below. You’ll not only get invaluable tools to help you accelerate digital transformation, but you’ll also earn a professional development badge on the Microsoft Educator Community.
- Launching Innovation in Schools
- Design Thinking for Leading and Learning
- Leading Change: Go Beyond Gamification with Gameful Learning
- Deep Learning through Transformative Pedagogy
- Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning
If you’ve already taken one of the courses, consider taking moreand be sure to log in to the Microsoft Educator Community to retrieve your badge. While you’re there, check out all of the resources we have available for school leaders in our School Leader toolkit.