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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 free online 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 online 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 free online course will be of great interest to teachers and trainers who wish to improve their communication within the learning environment.

    2-3 Hours
    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 free online 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.

    2-3 Hours
    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 free online 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 free 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.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  4. Understanding Dyslexia

    Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. It is not caused by problems with vision, rather, it is a developmental reading disorder that occurs when the brain does not properly recognise and process certain symbols. This free online dyslexia course analyses how our image of normality affects the way we as a society define conditions such as dyslexia. You will learn how important it is to integrate the different psychological accounts of dyslexia in order to provide a full explanation of potential causes and strategies for remediation. The course presents dyslexia as a ‘case study’ in how different perspectives might be complementary to each other and outlines different approaches to the definition of ‘abnormality’. You will learn about the different explanations of dyslexia including behavioural, cognitive, and biological perspectives. The course also considers the more practical issue of how to approach the treatment of dyslexia and associated difficulties. This free online dyslexia course will be of great interest to all professionals in the areas of education, child development, and adult literacy who would like to learn more about the causes of and treatment for dyslexia, and to all learners who would like a greater understanding of this common condition.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  5. Fundamentals of Storytelling in Education for Teachers and Trainers

    Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of oral communication and plays a very important role in education, particularly for younger children. Teachers and trainers who incorporate storytelling into their repertoire of teaching skills can enhance student engagement with almost any subject.

    In this free online course you will learn about storytelling as a way of organizing information, conveying emotions, and building a sense of community. You will learn how effective storytelling can lead to an altered state of consciousness that deepens the relationship between teacher and students. Three stories are told that illustrate the theoretical model of storytelling and storytelling ethics and the need for trust between storyteller and listeners are discussed.

    This free online storytelling course will be of great interest to teachers and trainers who want to learn more about the effectiveness of storytelling as a tool that can enhance learning within the classroom.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  6. Introduction to E-Learning Theory and Practice

    The free online course Introduction to E-Learning Theory and Practice is an overview of internationally recognised and research-based e-learning theory and methodologies for creating effective e-learning courses. The course begins by reviewing what is meant by the term "e-learning" and what the benefits are in creating e-learning content. The course then reviews the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Development, how learning occurs in a multimedia environment, and how to identify relevant course material using topic analysis and task analysis methodologies.
    You will learn about the importance of writing learning outcomes first when creating a course, and how to write learning outcomes about specific aspects of the course that describe a competency or performance capability that is to be acquired by the learner. Next you will learn how to storyboard a course using presentation techniques such as storytelling, a scenario-based approach, a demonstration-practice method, or a toolkit approach. Finally, you will learn how to create different types of assessments that monitor and evaluate student learning.
    This free online course will be of great interest to teachers, trainers and all subject matter experts who would like to learn more about the theory and practice behind designing and developing effective e-learning courses.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  7. Managing Safety and Health in Schools (International)

    School principals, managers and teachers should know about health and safety when engaged in work or as future members of the workforce. This short course introduces the management of school safety and health. Health and safety in the workplace or school is the responsibility of everyone - managers, teachers, employees, and the students. This free online course covers, in a general way, various health and safety regulations.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Teaching Skills Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.



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