Technology Outdoors online course

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Technology Outdoors online course

Digital Learning Across Boundaries

Technology Outdoors is Year 1 of the Digital Learning Across Boundaries project

Welcome to our Technology Outdoors MOOC.

This is a free, interactive and participatory online course on how to make effective use of technologies to extend teaching and learning beyond the classroom walls.

To get started, please:

  1. Log in (or sign up for FREE if you have not already done so). Please note: you can tell if you’re already logged in if you can see your login details in the top right within the black bar.
  2. Once you are logged in, then Click on Section 1: to the right to get started.


General Introduction

Course Overview

Technology Outdoors is a flexible online course that you can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you. We will suggest activities and ideas, and encourage you to try them within your teaching.

We would like you to leave each week with something new to try out in practice and we will encourage you to share your experiences and swap ideas on our weekly themes within our Google+ community.

Who is this course for?

Our course is aimed at primary and lower secondary teachers, however anyone with an interest in the field is very welcome. It is taught in English.

Overview of course structure:

The course is divided into four sections, each with a different theme and suggested activities:

  • Section 1: Creating Trails
  • Section 2: Art in the Environment
  • Section 3: Wild Writing
  • Section 4: Science Outdoors

Duration: Self-Paced. Workload: Approximately 2 hours per section.

Structure for each section:

We will begin each section by sharing resources and case studies with you from the Digital Learning Across Boundaries (DLaB) project run by a partnership of universities, schools and cultural institutions in Norway, England, Belgium and Denmark. We will suggest some activities that help you plan to put ideas into practice with your own learners.

One of the most exciting aspects of the course is the chance to share and reflect upon these co-created resources with our community of fellow practitioners. Real life examples, photos, videos and comments within the community will give the course a truly practical focus. The community will also give you a chance to make some international connections and set up some collaborations of your own. You can join the community now and introduce yourself.

You can also follow us on Twitter on @DLAB_Erasmus and use the hashtag #DLABErasmus to see what others are posting.

What this course will give you:

The idea is to take a few risks, try some new things, share our developing practice in teaching with technology outdoors and learn together as we go.

We hope that our course will inspire you to explore strategies to integrate technology into learning beyond the classroom by offering guidance on:

  • how to use technologies to devise authentic and meaningful outdoor learning activities
  • how to embed technology use in genuine curriculum contexts
  • how to use technologies to enhance learners’ exploration of the physical world

Succeeding in a MOOC

You may wish to watch the below 4 minute video that describes five steps that will help you succeed in a MOOC.

Show us where you’re from!

Can we encourage you to add your location to our Zeemap as it is really interesting to see where everyone comes from:

You need to go to ‘Additions’ and ‘Add marker’.

To get started on the MOOC:

  1. Log in (or sign up for FREE if you have not already done so). Please note: you can tell if you’re already logged in if you can see your login details in the top right within the black bar.
  2. Once you are logged in, then Click on Week 1: below to get started.
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  1. Hannah Boyd April 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I could not register, it had a message that said you cannot register use the sign up form on the website.
    I would like my username to be hannahboyd and email is if you can register for me?

    • Karen Woolley May 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Dear Hannah
      You need to join as a member on the then click join.
      Please let me know if you have any further issues.

  2. mmiweb May 8, 2017 at 1:02 am

    HI, I tried to access Week 2 on Monday at 01:00 (UK time) as I am out of the country for the rest of the week ;-( Will try and catch up toward the end of week or if I can whilst I am away!

  3. Liz Jones May 29, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve found this course really interesting and stimulating. I have an unusual challenge though. I always try to do this type of activity via my smart phone. This year the course has given me some problems when I’ve tried to access it. Navigating through from module to module has been a challenge. When I go to a link and try to get back in it asks me to log in again then often fails. It made me start avoiding links.
    Not sure why this was happening. I was working from the google+ page.
    I got there in the end.
    One other plea for next year. The previous MOOC was earlier in the year than May. May us a very busy time in school (when isn’t I guess)
    Last year in March/April it felt easier to get involved. Is there any chance we could do it a little earlier next year please?

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