About the Course
This course provides teachers with the foundation for understanding the
movement towards virtual instruction. It introduces fundamental knowledge
needed by teachers to succeed in a technology-dependent, instructional
environment. You will explore the history of online learning and understand
how a variety of delivery models are evolving in the K-12 environment,
ranging from completely online to hybrid or blended classrooms. We will
discuss how the programs work and who they serve, addressing some basics
about equity issues, access and school funding, as well as ethical and
legal issues that support and challenge the models. Upon completion of
the course, you will understand what it takes to transition from teaching
in the classroom to providing virtual instruction.
Over five weeks, we will cover the following topics:
Module 1: History of Virtual Education
Module 2: Synchronous and Asynchronous Technologies
Module 3: Transitioning from the Classroom to a Virtual Environment
Module 4: Equity and Access, Funding, and the Law
Module 5: The Future of Virtual Education and
The course is primarily for:
- Teachers working with children ages 5 - 18
- Faculty working with further education, community college or vocational
- Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and
- Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
- Please note that although this program is offered to participants from
around the world, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based
on the education structure and processes of the United States. Participants
will be encouraged to discuss their own country-based experiences
in the forums.
The texts listed here are recommended, but not required.
This class will consist of short weekly lecture videos (with embedded
quiz questions), totaling 1 to 2 hours of viewing. There will also be weekly
quizzes (4 total), 1 assignment, and a final exam.
What can I earn for completing this course?
Will I receive university credit for this course?
You can earn a Verified Certificate
by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate. If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course. While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment.
At this time, university credit is not available for this course. However, this course is one of four courses offered through Coursera by UC Irvine focused on Virtual Teacher Education. Those
students who successfully complete all four courses and earn a
Verified Certificate with Distinction (available exclusively by joining Signature Track) for each course will be able to
apply for a practicum course
offered online through UC Irvine Extension. For more information on the UC Irvine practicum visit http://unex.uci.edu/areas/education/vt/ What resources will I need for this class?
The course is self-contained,
with the suggested textbooks amplifying the analysis and application
of pedagogical principles. You are not required to purchase the textbooks in order to be successful in the class or to receive a Statement of Accomplishment.
What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?
Whether you're new to the world of virtual education or an experienced
virtual teacher, we hope this course helps you think critically about the
tools and models associated with K-12 virtual education. You will learn how to engage students more deeply in their learning in the virtual classroom.