Modern Learning Lab



Modern Learning Lab

Dates: February 2 through February 16, 2018 AND July 9 through July 20, 2018

Member School Participant: $300; Non-member School Participant: $400

As the landscape of teaching and learning has changed, so have our roles as teachers and school leaders. What is the role of teachers and students in modern learning? Through an interactive two week online course, participants will explore more deeply innovations in learning that place students at the center of their own learning. The course will also consider implications around the use of technology to support students as they learn at their own pace, and learn beyond traditional school walls. Participants will reflect deeply on the role that school design might play at their schools as they seek to create, establish, and sustain modern schools for modern learners. In this new GOA course, the Modern Learning Lab, we will explore how teachers and school leaders can help our students become modern learners in modern classrooms and schools.

In Week 1 of the Modern Learning Lab, we will explore exemplars of modern learning classrooms from around the world, showcasing teaching and learning practices that foster student agency. Participants will connect and share with one another sharing how their own schools are creating modern learning experiences for both students and faculty. In Week 2, we will head into a collaborative group project where participants will build a modern learning design that is relevant and meaningful to their own practice. Using GOA’s student competencies and Catalyst Card strategies, participants will design student and/or teacher learning experiences that embrace the modern learning elements.

All participants will receive GOA’s Modern Learning Lab Toolkit. The Toolkit contains the tools and resources to support you in the design of student and teacher experiences that promote modern learning design. The course will be facilitated by GOA staff and learning design coaches, experts in instructional design, student-led learning, and professional growth. This course is primarily asynchronous, with one optional, recorded synchronous activity. The course is two weeks long and we estimate about two hours of work per week. This course is both for classroom teachers designing student experiences and faculty leaders designing collaborative experiences for adults.

Want to register a small team of 3 or more? We encourage schools to register small teams of at least three to five faculty. We find that working as a school team helps to make the professional learning be impactful and stick. If you’re interested in registering a small team, please email our Director of Professional Learning, Bonnie Lathram at The first 5 schools to register small teams will receive a coached session from a Learning Design Coach following the course.



We are thrilled to have the following 5 panelists join us in this course:

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