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Teaching Skills Learning Path

Effective teaching skills can help instructors to get their lesson across to the student in a clear and efficient manner. It can also make the process of preparing for a class much easier by providing a theoretical outline of how to approach teaching a class. The Alison teaching skills learning path will make preparing and delivering a class much easier for teachers and instructors. It will also discuss the theory surrounding several essential teaching skills. The Alison teaching skills learning path is of interest to anyone who teaches or instructs a class in either a full-time or part-time basis. It will also be of interest to anyone who hopes to enter the profession in the future, and who wishes to gain an insight into the area. The Alison learning path in teaching skills covers several major subjects in the field, such as; communication techniques, motivation, lesson planning, dyslexia, storytelling, e-learning, and health and safety.

Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Effective Communication Techniques for Teachers

    Communication in classrooms is more complex and unpredictable than in many other situations. As a teacher, understanding the unique features and functions of communication in the classroom is very important.

    This course will help you to discover these functions, and how they impact on each individual in the classroom. It will teach you how classroom communication serves a mixture of three purposes at once: content talk, procedural talk, and behavior control talk. Learn how to recognize different elements of communication, not only the verbal but also the non-verbal and the unintended. Understand that to be effective in non-verbal communication you should know how to measure the correct eye-contact length, social distance and wait time.

    This course will teach you about the register in a classroom and how to use it in a way that is most beneficial to students’ thinking. Discover the four main structures of participation in teaching, how they influence communication, and some of the the advantages and disadvantages to each.
    This course will be of great interest to teachers and trainers who wish to improve their communication within the learning environment.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  2. Motivating Students to Learn

    Motivation is the energy that gives behavior direction and focus, and can be understood in a variety of ways. This course will teach you about the different theories on motivation and you will learn how to create a classroom environment that encourages motivation.
    One perspective on understanding motivation is behaviorism, where underlying motives are equated to outward expressions. Other perspectives are based on cognitive theories, and you will learn how to generate interest in a topic and to encourage achievement goals that increase motivation. Students’ attributions about the success or failure of a task also affect their motivation; you will learn how to create an environment that will encourage positive attributions. This free online course will help you discover how to encourage high self-efficacy beliefs in a student, as high self-efficacy can affect motivation positively.
    The self-determination theory is based on the idea that everyone has basic needs that must be fulfilled before they can be fully motivated, and you will learn how to ensure that these needs are fulfilled in your classroom. The course will then teach you how to combine elements from the different theories through the TARGET model, and create a positive learning environment that promotes motivation.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  3. Instructional Planning for Successful Teaching

    Education has goals, purposes and objectives. A vital task in teaching is to know what they are and transform them into objectives for students. Without these, students may end up confused or frustrated.

    This course will help you to set goals and plan each goal specifically for your class.

    Learn how to set general goals using curriculum frameworks and guides. Use a compromise between the cognitive and behavioral approach when formulating more specific educational objectives.

    Learn how to classify different degrees of generality or specificity in the cognitive, affective or psychomotor domains. This online course will teach you how to use your students as a source of instructional goals as well, and how important it is to practice multicultural education.

    Enhance student learning by calling on a wide variety of resources for your goals. Create links between the curriculum goals and students’ prior experiences to help your plans to succeed.

    This course will be of great interest to teachers and trainers who wish to improve their instructional planning and make the learning experience most beneficial for their students.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  4. Fundamentals of Storytelling in Education for Teachers and Trainers

    At its most basic, a story can be said to have a beginning, middle, and end. This course will first teach you the important elements for the listener according to the model of the story listening trance experience which includes identification with the story, listener's memories, and personal preferences. You will also learn that according to the model of the story listening trance experience, a story should be visually descriptive, emotionally charged, and have novelty.

    You will then learn that the listener's expectations, the content of the story, and the storyteller's ability are important elements that help bring a listener from a baseline state of consciousness to an altered state of consciousness. You will study the elements of a story, and learn that according to Professor Strum, the altered state of consciousness, the passive mode of consciousness. and the alternate/altered reality accompany the storytelling process.

    Effective storytelling can lead to an altered state of consciousness that deepens the relationship between teacher and students. This course will give you three stories that illustrate the theoretical model of storytelling. Storytelling ethics and the need for trust between storyteller and listeners are also discussed. So, check out this course and learn more about the effectiveness of storytelling as a tool that can enhance learning within the classroom.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  5. Introduction to E-Learning Theory and Practice

    E-learning courses are delivered via digital devices such as computers and smartphones, using words in the form of spoken or printed text and pictures such as illustrations, photos, animations, or videos. This course will first discuss the benefits of studying e-learning courses. You will study the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning, the cognitive processes involved in learning, and the steps involved in developing course content. You will also learn the use of effective instructional design methods.

    Learning outcomes help identify what a learner will know by the end of a course or program. This course will explain the purpose of learning outcomes in e-learning. You will study the level of detail and language used in e-lessons and look into Storyboards and Gagné's Nine Events of Instruction. You will also learn how to use different instructional techniques, examples, and media elements in e-lessons, as well as study the difference between formative and summative assessment.

    By the end of this course, you will have a much stronger understanding of how to create a high quality e-learning course. This will allow you to share your knowledge with students all over the world, and bring your international teaching reputation to the next level. With e-learning being the educational format of the future, these are great skills to develop now. So why wait? Start your e-learning journey, today.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  6. Managing Safety and Health in Schools (International)

    This course begins by introducing you to safety hazard and accident prevention in schools. Safety and health is relevant to all school principals or managers and any new members of staff. You will learn about safety and health legislation as well as the duties and responsibilities of everyone concerned. You will also look into the safety statement which is very important in safeguarding the health and safety of those at work.

    You will then delve into the different types of hazards which include biological, chemical, ergonomic, physical, psychological, and safety. Learning how to identify hazards at your workplace can help you control or eliminate them thus preventing accidents, injuries, and property damage. With this course, you will also learn how to measure and assess risk, plan for emergencies, and report an accident. You will also be introduced to the role of the safety committee.

    This course will help you become a better member of the management committee by teaching you important health and safety protocols applicable in the workplace or school. Upon the completion of this course, you will learn how to identify risks and hazards in school just like second nature. You will also learn how to correctly create an accident report and handle an emergency or accident. Check out this free online course and increase your management proficiency today!

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points