On-Line Catholic Faith & Science Course Starts February 9th

A brief post to let you know about a unique on-line course starting next week. The website bills it as:

The first 100% online course of the Catholic Church on the dialogue between Science and Faith. Provided by specialists it is easy to follow and uses the latest e-learning methodology.

Under the Patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture

It’s not free (like most MOOC’s), but there is a discount based upon country of residence. And I imagine most schools, churches, dioceses, etc have reimbursement plans for Continuing Education Units and similar.


Great, Free MOOC on Dante’s “Purgatorio” – Underway Now!

Earlier, I posted about MOOC’s and the increasing value of them.  I’ve dabbled in a few so far – registered, watched a video or two and then became too busy to give much attention to learning through it.

I’ve just started a truly amazing one from which I am going to learn much.  It is offered by Georgetown U. through an innovative, highly interactive portal.  The topic is Dante’s “Purgatorio” – the second book of the highly influential “The Divine Comedy.” 

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It began last week, so register quickly to not be too far behind.  Go to the edX portal, create an account and then register.  You’ll then have access to Georgetown’s “My Dante” portal.

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Can you receive CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) for this MOOC, like you can with other on-line courses?  Our diocese, already grants credit for paid classes through Dayton U.  The coordinator and her committee are currently considering whether to grant units for MOOC courses which may not have the same form of verification as similar, paid-registration courses.

Are you registering for and participating in this Dante course?  If so, let me know to look for you there!

MOOCs for CEU’s

It’s been a busy week with the “paperwork” which comes with the end of the first semester.  So, it’s been a while since any of us have been able to post here.  A teacher’s life is so busy!

And yet, we need to gain those essential Continuing Education Units for our professional development and renewal of our teaching licences.  Fortunately on-line learning options continue to expand as more and more learning institutions make excellent course content available through MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses.

I recently found this listing of courses geared specifically for those who want to develop their knowledge and skills related to educational technology.  I’ve registered for this interesting sounding course on Digital Literacies which begins next week.  If you like to see a listing of all of the upcoming MOOCs published by Open Culture click HERE.  A well organized list of MOOCs offered through the Coursera portal is available as well.

Finally, if you’re interested in learning about the impact that MOOCs are having on Higher Education visit this article which asks: “Are Massive Open Online Courses Enabling a New Pedagogy?”  It offers a thoughtful, well researched look at this evolving vehicle for adult and increasingly adolescent focused learning.