Participants in this programme begin by taking 3 online courses from Microsoft: ‘Teaching with Technology (Basics)’, ‘Teaching with Technology (2016)’ and ‘21st Century Learning Design’. These generic, professional development courses are designed to assist educators in their understanding of how technology can be used to enhance 21st Century education. The courses are aligned with the Technology Literacy learning objectives of the UNESCO ICT-Competency Framework for Teachers (UNESCO ICT-CFT).
Participants also produce an ePortfolio of digital assets that demonstrates their understanding of the issues covered in the course materials; the application of what they have learned to their teaching practice; and the impact that this implementation has had on their students learning. This ePortfolio is assessed by a faculty member of Lamar University, a grade awarded and a certificate issued.
Completion of the three online courses will also allow participants to use the title ‘Microsoft Innovative Educator’ irrespective of the platform that participants are using (Apple, Microsoft or Google) and, for an additional fee can also sit the Microsoft Certified Educator and/or Google Certified Educator examination.