Foundations of Teaching for Learning is a teacher development programme made up of eight online courses hosted on the Coursera online learning platform.

The programme is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context – be it at school, at home or in the workplace.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning is an introductory programme that considers the three domains of being a teacher: professional knowledge and understanding;  professional practice; and professional values, relationships and engagement.

Prof John MacBeath, Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, UK, is the Programme Director. The courses are free but students can pay to obtain a certificate certifying that they have successfully completed a course.

To date, over 150,000 teachers worldwide have actively participated in these courses with more than 18,000 courses completed.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning Courses

The courses are led by educationalists from universities across the Commonwealth.  Each course consists of video-lectures, reading and other activities, quizzes and assignments to help participants learn and test their knowledge.  Reflection, peer assessment and forum discussions are key aspects of the courses.

To find out more about each course and enrol click ‘Go to Course’ which will take you to the course page on the Coursera learning platform.

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Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1:  Introduction

This introductory course considers the three domains of being a teacher: Professional Knowledge and Understanding; Professional Practice; and Professional Values, Relationships and Engagement.

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Foundations of Teaching for Learning 2:  Being a Teacher

How teachers teach has its foundation in how they were taught and how they learned.  This course provides an opportunity for teachers to reflect on their own personal and professional development as a teacher.

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Foundations of Teaching for Learning 3:  Learners & Learning

Teachers' work becomes meaningful when it is informed by research and theories of learning, and their relationship to actual practice.  This course helps teachers to identify and understand students' expectations and prior learning.

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Foundations of Teaching for Learning 4:  Curriculum

Curriculum is a framework for guiding teaching and learning.  This course provides an opportunity for teachers to consider the relationship between the teacher, the learner and the curriculum.

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Foundations of Teaching for Learning 5:  Planning for Teaching and Learning

This course helps teachers consider how to develop appropriate learning goals for individual and groups of students. Teachers learn how to plan learning activities to engage students in ways that will achieve these goals.

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Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6:  Introduction to Student Assessment

There are various techniques which help to assess student learning. This course helps teachers to acquire the skills to develop and use appropriate assessment procedures.

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Foundations of Teaching for Learning 7:  Being a Professional

This course looks at what teachers can do to act professionally, including developing their own philosophy of teaching and making sure they continue to improve their knowledge and skills.  It also considers what it means to be part of a community of professionals.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning 8:  Developing Relationships

Positive relationships with students supports children's learning.  Positive relationships with colleagues and school leaders helps school improvement. This course helps teachers develop strong relationships with families and colleagues.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning Instructors

John Macbeath

Prof John MacBeath

University of Cambridge, UK

Dennis Francis

Dr Dennis Frances

University of the Free State, South Africa

George Oduro

Associate Professor George Oduro

University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Suseela

Associate Professor Suseela Malakolunthu

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Judy Halbert

Dr Judy Halbert

Vancouver Island University, Canada

Linda

Dr Linda Kaser

Vancouver Island University, Canada

Gavin

Associate Professor Gavin Brown

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Peter

Dr Peter Keegan

University of Auckland, New Zealand

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Professor Stephen Dinham

University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Ali Fawaz Sharif

Dr Fawaz Shareef

Villa College, Male, Maldives

Tony Townsend

Professor Tony Townsend

University of Tasmania/Griffith University, Australia

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Dr Alex Alexandrou

Freelance Academic, UK

Our Case Studies

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Kennedy, Abuja, Nigeria

My name is Kennedy and I am a teacher Abuja, Nigeria. I completed two courses: Learners and Learning and the…