It’s been about 6 weeks since my last post and I can’t believe we are getting ready to start Course 5 – the final COETAIL course! I hope that you had a restful and eventful December break and that 2019 has started on the right foot for you. I’m excited to share this final push with you all as you work to share your incredible technology infused teaching and learning with us.
New Cohort Members!
I am excited to start Course 5 with two new cohort members who have transferred from Online 9 to complete their COETAIL journey with us. Please head over to Rory and Elizabeth’s blogs and introduce yourselves in their comments!
This course is different from the rest. For a start, it’s twice as long, and it’s a lot less structured. So that means you need to be really on top of things to maintain your participation (don’t worry, I’ll help you!) The course officially begins today (January 28th) and the final day of the course is May 12th. Your Course 5 project is due on April 28th and there is no room for an extension for this course, so it’s a great idea to set out a plan early so that you can meet that deadline (or beat it!)
Blog Posts, Community Involvement, and the Final Presentation
Blogging (Total of four – 25%)
You aren’t required to blog each week in the same way that we did throughout Courses 1 – 4, but it is a great way to reflect on and then document your course participation and community involvement. So making a commitment to a regular blog is still a wonderful idea. The minimum requirement is 4 blog posts (including the one that comes along with your final presentation) but we are excited to read about your project journey – so blog as often as you can! Please note that 3 of the 4 posts have specific requirements and you can read about them here.
Just like in the other courses you will be required to maintain your community involvement and demonstrate your commitment to a PLN. You are encouraged to seek out some spaces where you can pursue your interests and connect with educators both within and outside of the COETAIL community. You will be assessed on your communication, consistency, and reflection. (Community Engagement Rubric)
The most important aspect of Course 5 is the final presentation. This is your opportunity to put all of your learning from Courses 1 – 4 into practice and rebuild a unit incorporating technology. Then you will share your experiences with us through a 10-minute video. See Week 2: Final Project In-Depth
Where to begin?
My recommendations for this week:
- Put a huge star on May 3rd as your deadline for submitting your work for the course (and then work backwards and set some deadlines along the way to keep you on task!)
- Check out Weeks 1, 2, and 3 so that you have a good idea about what you need to do for this course. Please email me (or comment below) if you have any questions at all.
- Jump on Twitter and be on the lookout for Twitter chats or hashtags that might be useful and interesting. Is there a Pub PD in your area? PubPDAsia is growing fast!
- Go back and read what you wrote at the end of Course 4 and make sure it’s still what you want to do!
- Check out some sample videos for inspiration!
Featured image by Ian Schneider from Unsplash
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