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 click on Section 1: Creating Trails to the right, or at the very bottom of this page.

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.

To get started on the MOOC:

Click on Section 1: Creating Trails below to get started.