Free open eLearning Courses


For those of you who would like a (free) introduction to developing and running online courses, there is the second in a series about to start:

  • Empowering Learning Through Community September 26th – October 17th, 2012. Registration opens Wednesday, September 19th.

AND  if you don’t want to enrol in the course as it is running, you can access it in your own time later  – just like the previous course currently available:

  • Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success

Click on the image to go to the sign up page:

The courses are offered by Coursesites which is a free resource from Blackboard.

The principles could be applied in a variety of Learning Management Systems, but if Blackboard does become the new VU LMS, by doing the course, there is the extra attraction of seeing how Blackboard works.




Online TESOL seminars

TESOL International Association seminars

Hello everyone,

I received an email about TESOL’s series of professional ESL teaching seminars. They are free for members and $45.00 for non-members. The next one is about ‘Teaching students how to listen’.


TESOL International Association online seminars – click the image to go the site for more information

A tool a day (2)

Well … it’s more than one tool today – here’s a l ink to a web 2.0 course based in a WordPress blog – organised into ‘lessons’ and with student online communication built in to the site – links to podcasts, Google docs, twitter, etc.

Click on the image to go to the site.



You might have noticed links to MOOCs in the right column of this blog. If you haven’t herad of MOOCs before, a MOOC is a:

Massive: Anyone from anywhere can participate, contribute and collaborate

Open: Open to anyone, no admission requirements, free

Online: Access – Internet connection and web enabled device

Course: A structured course around a topic (any topic), initiated by one or more individuals with an interest and background in topic (though not always).

Course content can be delivered via: readings, videos, live chats, wiki’s and/or discussion boards. MOOCs function as a traditional course, with a syllabus, guidelines but with many contributors.  College credit or a certificate of completion is not given at this point, however with Mozilla’s initiative Open Badges this is due to change.

Some think MOOCs are the educational future – they certainly seem to be gathering popularity in eLearning continuing PD.

You can find more background at the blog source for the above definition at or by simply Googling or Youtubing etc.