101 Open Courses To Improve Your Teaching This Summer

by Staff Writers

Summer is a great time to brush up on your teaching skills, whether you're interested in technology, development, or specific areas of learning. With these courses from online universities, you can put your summer to good use.


Find general teaching education in these courses.

  1. Looking Forward and Looking Back on Education: Eric Klopfer covers the past and future of education in K-12 settings. [MIT]
  2. Thinking About How I Work With Other Professionals: Think about teamwork with other teachers through this course. [Open U]
  3. Contemplation and the First Year Experience: See how students can improve academic life with this course. [ND]
  4. Introduction to Education: Introduction to Education will help you understand and evaluate education. [MIT]
  5. Integrating Thinking for Future Leaders in Education: See how you can use integrative thinking to educate children. [Connexions]
  6. Guide to Teaching & Learning in Higher Education: Make sense of teaching in higher education with this course. [UNESCO]
  7. Experiments in Education: This seminar takes a look at how learning should happen. [MIT]
  8. Mentorship for Teacher Leaders: See how you can be an active mentor with this course. [Connexions]
  9. Understanding IQ Testing and Special Programming for Advanced Learners: With this seminar, you'll see the benefits and limitations of IQ testing. [UCI]
  10. Multicultural Education & ESL Education: This course offers a foundation in multicultural issues and initiatives in ESL. [Dixie]
  11. Economics of Education: Check out this course on the economic aspects of issues in education. [MIT]
  12. Introduction to Accelerated Learning: Teach with accelerated learning using this introductory course. [Open U]
  13. Educational Theory and Practice I: This course takes a look at what's necessary to teach in secondary schools. [MIT]
  14. Gender Issues in Academics and Academia: Find out about women in academia through this course. [MIT]
  15. Education for the New Millennium: Update your teacher skills for the new millennium with this course. [Connexions]
  16. Knowledge in Everyday Life: If you work with kids from 3-8, take this course for a look into their learning. [Open U]
  17. Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future: Check out this course for a look into education for a sustainable future. [UNESCO]
  18. Teaching and Learning at Home: Explain how parents can improve teaching and learning at home with this course. [Open U]
  19. Inclusive Education: Knowing What We Mean: Look at different perspectives on inclusion with this course. [Open U]
  20. Supporting Professional Development in Initial Teacher Training: Find out how to develop yourself as a teacher with this course. [Open U]
  21. Authentic Problem-Based Collaborative Learning Practices for Professional Development in Teacher Education: With this course, you'll see how collaboration can be put to work in teacher education. [Connexions]
  22. Utilizing Distance Education in Your Professional Development: In this survey, you'll learn about using distance education. [Connexions]


Brush up on your technology skills this summer with these courses.

  1. Technologies for Creative Learning: Through this course, you'll see educational technologies and creative learning environments. [MIT]
  2. The Review of the Development of Elearning: Here you'll learn about the development of elearning in the past 10 years. [Connexions]
  3. Teaching Using Digital Video in Secondary Schools: Explore the use of digital media in teaching. [Open U]
  4. Teaching Your First Blackboard/WebCT CE 6 Course: With this course, you'll learn how to create a Blackboard/WebCT course. [Open Campus]
  5. Computer Games and Simulations for Education and Exploration: Check out this course to see how simulation helps people understand complex systems. [MIT]
  6. Education for an Information Age: Take this course to learn about teaching in the computerized classroom. [Pitt]
  7. Computer Applications for Instruction and Training: Professor Brett Shelton looks into basic computer applications for instruction and training. [USU]
  8. Accessibility of eLearning: Accessibility of eLearning explains some of the challenges disabled students run into when using computers. [Open U]
  9. Online Instructor Training: See how to become an online instructor using this course. [UCI]
  10. Media, Education and the Marketplace: This course explains how to harness the emerging forms of interactive media for learning. [MIT]
  11. Establishing Tone in the Distance Course: You will learn how to establish tone in the distance course here. [Connexions]
  12. Facilitating Online: Educators can be trained as online facilitators with this course. [UCT]
  13. Master Online Teacher Certification: You'll find help for creating online courses with this program. [Weber]
  14. Best Practices in Online Teaching: Take this course for practical strategies and advice in online teaching. [Connexions]
  15. Technological Tools for School Reform: You will see the impact of modern technology on school reform in this course. [MIT]
  16. Promising Practices in Online Teaching and Learning: Distance education faculty can learn about promising practices from this course. [Connexions]
  17. Visual Design for Distance Education Content: Check out this course to find tips for designing distance education content. [Connexions]
  18. Managing Your Distance Course: Take this course to find tips that will help you better manage your distance course. [Connexions]
  19. Creativity, Community and ICT: In this course, you will explore creativity, collaboration, and technology in education. [Open U]
  20. Advanced Topics in Learning Object Design and Reuse: Take this course to learn about the design, creation, and reuse of learning objects. [USU]
  21. Video in Distance Education: See what you need to know and consider before creating or using video in your online course. [Connexions]
  22. Managing and Maintaining the Discussion Board for Distance Courses: Take this mini-course to find out how you can make your distance discussion board more successful. [Connexions]

Open Education

Check out these courses to learn about open education.

  1. An Overview of Open Educational Resources: Get an introduction to open educational resources from this course. [Connexions]
  2. Open Teaching in a Digital Age: This course offers suggestions for publishing teaching materials online. [UCT]
  3. Introduction to Open Education: Check out this course to get introduced to open education. [USU]
  4. The Impact of Open Source Software on Education: Use this course to find out about the impact of open source software on education. [Connexions]
  5. Creating Open Educational Resources: This unit teaches educators how to create open educational resources. [Open U]
  6. Introduction to Open Educational Resources: You will find out about open educational resources for college teachers from this course. [Connexions]
  7. Collaborative Learning and the Open Educational Resource Movement: Here you'll learn about collaborative learning and open educational resources. [Connexions]
  8. An Open Source Vision for Caribbean Higher Education: This course explains how open source software is being considered as a viable alternative in the Caribbean. [Connexions]
  9. The How Tos of OER Commons: The How Tos of OER Commons explains how you can participate in the OER movement. [Connexions]
  10. Open Source Software and the User Experience in Higher Education: Mara Hancock explains the changing nature of open source software in teaching and learning. [Connexions]

Classroom & Instruction

With these courses, you'll build your classroom and instruction skills.

  1. Intro to Instructional Design: Take this course for an introduction to instructional technology. [USU]
  2. Instructional Games: Explore the field of instructional gamin with Professor Brett Shelton. [USU]
  3. Entertainment Education for Behavior Change: In this course, you'll see how using entertainment education can improve behavior and life. [Johns Hopkins]
  4. Building a Global Teaching Profile: This course explains how educational resources can build a global reaching profile. [UCT]
  5. The Nature of Constructionist Learning: Bakhtiar Mikhak shares topics in constructionist learning. [MIT]
  6. Teaching Students with Special Needs: You will learn about behavior management for special needs students from this course. [USQ]
  7. Concept-Centered Teaching: Try teaching using concepts with this course. [MIT]
  8. New Teaching Methods: Take this course to find an introduction to thematic and cooperative learning. [Connexions]
  9. Evaluating School Classroom Discussion: With the help of this course, you'll see how you can learn from classroom discussions. [Open U]
  10. Using Film Music in the Classroom: This course shares the approaches to using film music in the classroom. [Open U]
  11. Teach Global: See how to teach with a global perspective using this unit's resources. [Open U]
  12. Teaching Assistants: Support in Action: This course will teach you how teaching assistants are an important educational resource. [Open U]
  13. Exploring K-12 Classroom Teaching: You'll learn about K-12 classroom experiences, activities, and more in this course. [MIT]
  14. Teaching for Good Behavior: Teaching for Good Behavior will explain how your teaching quality impacts student behavior. [Open U]
  15. Childhood Psychological and Emotional Health: Learn how to recognize childhood psychological and emotional health with this course. [Connexions]

Student Development

Take these courses to better understand student development.

  1. Play, Learning, and the Brain: Find out how the development of a young child's brain works in this course. [Open U]
  2. Attention: This unit aims to understand how we pay attention. [Open U]
  3. Adolescent Health and Development: This course is all about the development and health of adolescents. [Johns Hopkins]
  4. Developmental Psychology: Study developmental psychology in this course. [Berkeley]
  5. Learning and Cognition in Educational Settings: Watch this video course on behaviorism, cognition, and more. [UCI]
  6. Human Growth and Development: Study growth and development to better understand your students. [Tufts]
  7. Cognition & Learning in Educational Settings: This course will introduce you to theories of learning and related topics. [UCI]
  8. The Role of Play in Children's Learning: Check out this course to see why play is so important in children's learning. [Open U]
  9. Implications for Educators of Gifted Minority Students: Here you'll learn about diverse learners in gifted education. [UCI]
  10. Gifted and talented Education Seminar Series: In this seminar, you'll learn about developing programs for gifted and talented students. [UCI]
  11. Building the Parent Teacher Connection: Check out this seminar to learn about communicating between parents and educators. [UCI]
  12. Encouraging Book Talk in the School Library: This course will teach you how to encourage children to discuss books. [Open U]
  13. Enhancing Pupil Learning on Museum Visits: Enrich museum field trips for your students with this course. [Open U]
  14. Finding Information in Education: Discover how to find information in education with this course. [Open U]
  15. Research for the Classroom Teacher: Research for the Classroom Teacher will help you learn how to design and carry out research. [USU]

Teaching Subjects

These courses explore teaching specific subjects.

  1. Teaching Citizenship: Bring citizenship into discussions with the help of this course. [Open U]
  2. Why Teach Art?: Why Teach Art? explains the value that art has in the school curriculum. [Open U]
  3. Training Methods and Continuing Education for Health Workers: With this course, you will learn about training methods and continuing education for health workers. [Johns Hopkins]
  4. Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering: Take this seminar to learn what you need to teach science and engineering in higher education. [MIT]
  5. Increasing Reading Fluency of Elementary Students: Check out this course to find information on increasing reading fluency in elementary school students. [Connexions]
  6. Introduction to Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science: With this course, you'll find an introduction to teaching math and science. [MIT]
  7. Language Awareness: Language Awareness offers phonic and historical connections between languages. [Open U]
  8. Individualized Reading Instruction in the Elementary Grades: Explore teaching and assessment of reading and writing skills through this course. [Mich]
  9. Changes in Science Education: This course will give you an overview of issues in science education. [Open U]
  10. School Geography: With this course, you'll explore school geography. [Open U]
  11. Noisy Learning: Noisy Learning takes a look at loud but fun music education activities. [Connexions]
  12. A Global Dimension to Science Education in Schools: Use this course to find out how you can add a global feeling to your teaching. [Open U]
  13. Using Visualization in Maths Teaching: Look at visualization in math through this unit. [Open U]
  14. Language as a Medium for Teaching and Learning: This course takes a look at language as a cultural tool that can get students involved. [Open U]
  15. Using GPS in Geoscience Education: With this course, you'll take a look at using GPS for geoscience. [Carleton]
  16. Geography in Education: Look at what geography can do for education in this course. [Open U]
  17. Careers Education and Guidance: See how you can provide guidance for students. [Open U]