Learn to lead: New courses from top universities launching on edX


edXAn important part of Microsoft’s commitment to education is empowering school leaders to do more, whether that’s enhancing classroom learning and outcomes for today, or getting schools ready for tomorrow’s challenges. So, we’re especially excited to announce that registration is open for five Microsoft-sponsored courses developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan and The University of Queensland, offered in partnership with edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT.

Starting in January, these five new online courses are designed to help guide K-12 school principals and headmasters, superintendents and school leaders through the challenges – and opportunities – of education transformation.

New online courses – register today

These new courses have been designed to include the latest research, current technologies and proven approaches to learning design from three top universities. The content is designed to empower all leaders, in all positions, to help their schools do more, be more, and achieve more.

The courses are designed by top universities, taught by leading experts in their fields, and open to everyone.

Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn:

  • Launching Innovation in School
    Become a change leader and take the first step in launching instructional improvement in K-12 education to improve teaching and learning.

    Course led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Starts January 17, 2017
    Duration: 6 weeks
    Course Faculty: Justin Reich, Executive Director, MIT Teaching Systems Lab; and Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Sustainability, MIT Sloan School of Management
    Learn more and register now

  • Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning
    Learn why ambitious teaching and learning may be the key to global educational improvement and how to put it into practice.

    Course led by The University of Michigan
    Starts January 24, 2017
    Duration: 4 weeks
    Course Faculty: Elizabeth Moje, Dean, School of Education; and Deborah Ball, Professor, School of Education; Nell Duke, Professor, School of Education; Liz Kolb, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education; Donald J. Peurach, Associate Professor, School of Education; Gretchen Spreitzer, Professor, Ross School of Business
    Learn more and register now

  • Deep Learning Through Transformative Pedagogy
    Learn powerful teaching strategies and effective learning activities to enhance deep learning

    Course led by The University of Queensland
    Starts February 27, 2017
    Duration: 5 weeks
    Course Faculty:  Merrilyn Goos, Head of the School of Education; Pankaj Sah, Director of the Queensland Brain Institute; Robyn Gillies, Professor of Education; Annemaree Carroll, Professor of Education; Melissa Cain, School of Education; Katherine McLay, School of Education
    Learn more and register now

  • Leading Change: Go Beyond Gamification with Gameful Learning
    Learn the tools to support gameful learning environments that foster personalized, engaged learning

    Course led by The University of Michigan
    Starts March 6, 2017
    Duration: 6-8 weeks
    Course Faculty: Barry Fishman, Professor of Information, School of Information and Professor of Education, School of Education; and Rachel Niemer, Director of the Gameful Learning Lab, Office of Academic Innovation
    Learn more and register now

  • Design Thinking for Leading and Learning in K-12 Education
    A hands-on course for education leaders to learn about design thinking and explore how it can transform classroom learning and school communities.

    Course led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Starts March 21, 2017
    Duration: 6 weeks
    Course Faculty: Justin Reich, Executive Director Teaching Systems Lab
    Learn more and register now

End-to-end transformation support

School transformation isn’t an event – it’s an ongoing process. In addition to these new course offerings with edX, Microsoft supports school transformation by providing the Microsoft Education Transformation framework, technology planning resources, and education competencies for school staff. We also offer more than 35 online courses, both Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and professional education courses, on edX.org.

And because it’s so critical to see and experience the ways other schools are transforming, we work closely with Microsoft Showcase Schools, a global community of award-winning learning institutions, to identify and share best practices on how to improve learning.

Learn about the 10 critical components of school transformation.

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