Teachers across the globe will use the course to help support the objective of bringing more technology skills into the classroom. The course will be available through the Microsoft Educator Community, an online portal accessible to the education community. Teachers can access the 21CLD MOOC after signing into the Microsoft Educator Community platform at education.microsoft.com.

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The launch of the “21st Century Learning Design” (21CLD) course is particularly timely in Ireland as it follows the publication of the Government’s Digital Strategy for Schools.

Students, regardless of career path, need a new set of skills to fully participate and to succeed in today’s world. These 21st century skills include being able to communicate, collaborate, solve problems, innovate and create. Information Communications Technology (ICT) plays a key role in our society and has the potential to transform teaching, learning and assessment. The 21CLD course is designed to enable teachers and others, to transform how they design enriching learning activities for their students, through the use of ICT.

Speaking at an event to launch the course, Ms Jan O’Sullivan T.D., Minister for Education and Skills referenced the “Smart Partnership” which brought together foreign direct investment through the involvement of Microsoft, the public sector in St Patrick’s College, DCU and the Irish SME sector in H2 Learning.

 

Brian Mac Craith, DCU President said:

“We are delighted to have collaborated with H2 Learning and Microsoft on the development of this course. It will now be accessed by teachers across the world and is an example of how Irish education and eLearning companies are leading the way in new innovation and teacher professional learning.”


H2 learning CEO, John Hurley said:

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“The 21CLD MOOC supports a key objective of the Irish Government’s Digital Strategy for Schools – that of providing guidance and examples of good practice on the effective, critical and ethical use of ICT for teaching, learning and assessment by using real classroom practice. We find that the needs and objectives are common in many countries across the world and are delighted that the course that we have developed with the Digital Learning team at St. Patrick’s College, DCU will be used by educators here in Ireland and across the globe. This has been a great opportunity to collaborate with leaders in their field and we are delighted that the MOOC will be accessible to all via the Microsoft Educator Community platform.”

Sign into the Microsoft Educator Community at education.microsoft.com to access the 21CLD curriculum.

Read more about H2 Learning at www.h2.ie

Images Fennell Photography 2016