The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) has introduced a new line of free online courses that focus on education reform available to current and aspiring policymakers.
The courses, called EdPolicy Leaders Online, will contain five or six modules that will each take no more than an hour to complete, running at the pace of each individual student. Courses will be available to everyone and there will be no limit pertaining to the number of people who can participate.
Hosted on the Canvas Network, the courses will feature a variety of education experts from across the field, including superintendents, teachers, parents, senators, policymakers, technology gurus and community leaders.
The series is “designed to give those who influence education policy access to the in-depth knowledge and messaging strategies necessary for implementing trending reforms,” according to a news release. “The lessons come in convenient, self-paced modules to accommodate busy schedules. There also will be official recognition of course completion, which can be displayed on social networks, such as LinkedIn, or on résumés.”
The first three courses will launch in March. Data Privacy: Get Schooled, which launched on March 23, will explore subjects such as effective data use and concerns. Also having launched on March 23, Securing Our Nation’s Future offers an in-depth look into using education to improve national security; and Communications Boot Camp, set to open on March 30, will help students build skills in the areas of communications with regards to media relations, targeted messaging and social media, writes Joshua Bolkan for The Journal.
“We are passionate about improving education,” said Melissa Loble, senior director of the Canvas Network at Instructure, in a prepared statement. “We want to fuel the conversation around education reform from both ends of the political spectrum, and these free courses from the Foundation for Excellence in Education are designed specifically for that very purpose.”
The courses were created through a partnership with software-as-a-service company Instructure, who previously created the cloud-based Canvas learning management system to connect over 18 million teachers and learners in over 1,200 higher education and K-12 institutions across the world.
EdPolicy Leaders Online was created in an effort to offer access to the extensive knowledge and messaging strategies necessary for education policy for those who influence it the most. The self-paced modules are tailored to fit to every schedule. Official recognition of course completion is also available to be displayed on a number of social media sites, including LinkedIn, or on resumes.