GOA regularly creates short videos highlighting examples of excellent teaching and instructional design featuring Global Online Academy Faculty. Each member of our faculty currently works for one of our member schools. In this video, I highlight teacher approaches to instructional design promoting community building during the orientation of a online course. Examples from Nan Ketpura-Ching (Punahou School), Wayne […]

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Online Learning
Instructional Design

By Susan Fine, Instructional Designer 50 kids 5 educators 3 schools 13.8 billion years of history Big History at a glance. What the numbers don’t reveal is the collaboration that our adventure through this modern, scientific origin story has inspired. In many ways, we have what Big History refers to as the “Goldilocks Conditions”: when […]

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Online Learning

GOA is a consortium of independent schools around the world, each pursuing academic excellence in its own way. I marvel daily at the abundance of intellectual resources that comprise GOA. And although our schools and our teachers may not be able to visit each other’s physical campuses, we can (we must!) find ways for them to […]

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Small tweaks can accumulate into big changes. Maybe we’ve heard this before in the context of diet and exercise, the power of the everyday language we use, car maintenance, flossing … and yet when it comes to online learning environments we sometimes approach it as an “all or nothing” endeavor.  We’re either going to fully […]

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Online Learning
Instructional Design
Professional Development

Where and how faculty gather are critical factors in the life of a school. In an environment where time can be scarce and adult connection can be fleeting, a faculty room serves a variety of purposes: as a hub for information and communication, as a place to encourage adults to interact meaningfully, as a refuge […]

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Leadership
Online Learning
Professional Development

In my role as Director of Professional Development for Global Online Academy I am constantly striving to continue my own professional growth, especially in the online environment. Recently I had the opportunity to be a participant in one of our GOA online PD courses, “Coaching Innovation.” I chose to take this course because the participants […]

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Leadership
Professional Development

My colleague Susan Fine and I, along with three History teachers – Beth Calderone (The Blake School, MN), Ben Watsky (King’s Academy, Jordan), and Tim Morford (Columbus Academy, OH) – spent July 8-10 planning an interscholastic version of 9th grade Big History. Big History is, in a nutshell, a modern origin story – a compaction of 13.8 billion years […]

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Online Learning

Each year, since launching Global Online Academy, we’ve hosted an in-person teacher training workshop as the culminating event in our Teacher Training Program. This June marked the 4th anniversary of the in-person Teacher Training Workshop, which is an all-hands-on-deck, week-long bonanza, with a blend of intensive workshops, 1-on-1 instructional design coaching sessions, and team planning, […]

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Online Learning

What were you doing one year ago? One year ago this week, three of us on the GOA staff team started our journey here at Global Online Academy. What a year it has been! The highlight of our days often come from having the chance to witness the innovation, creativity, and hard work from the […]

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Online Learning
Student Experience
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