Digital Learning Transition

Thank you for your interest in the Planning for the Digital Learning Transition in K-12 Schools massive online open course for educators (DLT MOOC-Ed).  This course will help you: 

  • Understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools; 
  • Assess progress and set future goals for your school or district; and 
  • Plan to achieve those goals.  

The DLT MOOC-Ed is designed for school and district leaders, such as superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, technology directors, financial officers, instructional coaches, library media specialists, and lead teachers, as well as university faculty, consultants, parents and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. 

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We invite participation from public, charter and private schools.  While the course materials are U.S. focused, we invite educators from around the world and found that international perspectives enriched the experience for everyone in prior courses.  There is no cost for participating in the DLT MOOC-Ed.

We recommend, when possible, participation by teams from schools, districts or other organizations, since having local colleagues work together to relate the lessons from the DLT MOOC-Ed to their own context makes the course even more valuable. If a team is not available, individuals are welcome to participate on their own. 

The DLT MOOC-Ed is divided into two parts, each consisting of four units.  

  • Part I: Where Are We Heading? Goals for the Digital Learning Transition: Part I focuses on the big picture of envisioning the future of schools, changing the culture of teaching and learning, and digital learning transitions in some exemplary schools and districts.  
  • Part II: How Do We Get There? Planning for a Digital Learning Transition: Part II focuses on planning to address professional development, technology infrastructure, community engagement, use of data, and other elements of successful DLT plans.  

More information is provided in the Course Outline section. Participants are invited to work in all the units or to select those that are most relevant to their personal learning goals.

The Spring 2014 DLT MOOC-Ed units begin on Jan. 20 and end nine weeks later on March 23.  (At the recommendation of prior participants, each of the first two units is scheduled for 1.5 weeks, while units 3-8 are scheduled for one week each.)  For those who would like more time to complete their work, the course will remain open until April 30.

We recommend completing the optional School or District Self Assessment Survey before the start of the course if possible, since the information in the survey report will help you connect the course to your own school or district. The survey is available at any time.

The DLT MOOC-Ed is brought to you by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University's College of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education.  Dr. Glenn Kleiman and Dr. Mary Ann Wolf are the program directors, with many others from school districts and other organizations throughout the country contributing to planning and facilitating the course.  See DLT MOOC-Ed Team for more information.

Addtional Information

Course Outline Major Goals for Participants The DLT Team
The MOOC-Ed Learning Experience Expectations of Participants Frequently Asked Questions