Open Online Courses

Learn more about authentic teaching, 5E lessons, and writing your own LEARN lessons by participating in one of the free online courses below.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Choose the course you want and click, “Go to course”
  2. Sign into canvas or create an account at canvas.instructure.com.
  3. Click, “Join Course” and Start LEARNing!

K20 Center's Authentic LEARNing


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As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to engage in three modules that will prepare you to utilize the K20 LEARN lesson platform. The first module in this course is an introduction to Authenticity, which is an overall instructional framework that sits at the heart of K20 Center practices. The second module is an introduction to the 5E Lesson Model, which the K20 Center has adopted as our official organization model for writing authentic lessons and activities, including professional development for teachers.

This model aligns with our Authenticity framework and is the basis of the lesson authoring tool on our LEARN platform. The third module provides a hands-on experience where participants can practice navigating the K20 LEARN lesson platform. Even if you don't aim to publish lessons with LEARN, this course will offer you sound instructional theory and practical tools to implement into your practice.

K20 HAVE A PLAN(S)


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This canvas course is intended to provide a walk-thru for using the K20 PLANS logic model building web-platform. Completion of this course is dependent on you choosing a problem to work on as you go through the steps. You can practice using the PLANS platform with the practice problem that we use throughout this course (moving into a smaller home) or you can step up the challenge a bit and apply the course materials to a problem that you have worked on in the past, one you are currently working on or something you can easily imagine that is relevant to you.

Activities in this course are built to provide further insights into each step so as to prepare you for using the platform to its greatest capacity. Merely filling in the blanks on PLANS does not make a useful logic model. It is our hope that through this course you will have an introduction to the theory and practices that make logic models work so that you can continue to develop your skills, improve programs, and solve problems in your schools and organizations.