The Global Educator
Global Education Certification
The Global Educator online courses are recommended for K-20 educators and education leaders. They are multi-faceted and provide options for those who want a shorter learning experience and those who wish to become more embedded in the practice and theory of online global learning – how to connect, communicate, digital citizenship skills, intercultural understanding and online global collaboration.
The courses are designed and delivered by Julie Lindsay, director, Flat Connections, who has connected classrooms and educators at K-12 and higher education around the world for two decades. They are informed by her new book, "The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching," in conjunction with examples from the K-12 Flat Connections online global projects, and many other resources that provide rich material for learners to engage with.
Each course provides online webinars and online content and discussion/interaction spaces. The course structures assist the participants in interacting with course leaders and each other. A special feature of each course is the guest speaker - a special webinar featuring a known global educator who will inform and support learners.
To satisfy requirements for the full Flat Connections Global Educator certificate (and two hours of graduate credit from the University of Northern Iowa, if required), 10 weeks of modules must be completed that include the following:
Part One OR Part Two (Four weeks)
Part Three (Six weeks)
Regular online interactions, blog posts, discussion forum contributions
Online global project design and presentation
Can be taken as separate standalone 4-week course with 'an educator in the classroom' perspective. OR with Part 3 to complete the Global Educator Certification
Content: Online materials, discussion forum and two online 1.5 webinars.
Special Feature: Guest Speaker (a noted globally connected educator)
Course Length: 4 weeks
Suggested time commitment: 4 hours per week plus 2x online webinars. Total: 19 hours
Required Outcomes: Particpants complete one collaborative project based on course objectives
Week 1: 'It all starts with Connected learning'-How to connect and foster a PLN, PLC for powerful online learning
Week 2: 'Now for a Collaboration Taster'-Start with local online collaborations and build to global.
Week 3: 'Let's create and co-create!'-Tools and strategies for online learning to foster global understanding
Week 4: 'Getting Ready to Launch Protocol'-Everything you need to know to join and survive an online global project.
Can be taken as separate standalone 4-week course with 'an education leader' perspective. OR with Part 3 to complete the Global Educator Certification
Content: Online materials, discussion forum and TWO online 1.5 hour webinars
Special Feature: Guest speaker (a noted globally connected leader)
Course Length: 4 weeks
Suggested Time Commitment: 4 hours per week plus 2x online webinars. Total: 19 hours
Required outcomes: Participants complete one collaborative assignment based on course objectives
Week 1: ‘Be the leader’ - Understand connected leadership priorities and styles for a flat, connected learning environment
Week 2: 'Leadership for change in a flat world’ - Leadership and pedagogical change for online global learning
Week 3: ‘Follow the leader’ - Activities and workflow habits that lead the shift we need to see, including global digital citizenship
Week 4: ‘It’s imperative!’ - Leadership strategies to design, implement and manage global experiences
Requires Part 1 OR Part 2 be completed beforehand and then takes the learning from these and extends and amplifies this into the design and management of participant-created online global collaborative learning environments.
Content: Online materials, discussion forum and FOUR online 1.5 hour webinars
Special Feature: Guest speaker (a noted globally connected collaborative educator)
Suggested Time Commitment: 4 hours per week plus 4x online webinars. Total: 30 hours
Required outcomes: Participants complete two assignments
1) A collaborative assignment based on course objectives
2) An individual global project / learning environment design and presentation
Week 1: ‘Dispelling the myths of online global collaboration’ - Explore, engage, discover online global collaboration at all levels
Week 2: ‘From creation to co-creation’ - How to build online global communities that work together and co-create outcomes
Week 3: ‘Design, design, design!’ - Global collaboration and project design essentials across the curriculum-Online Global Collaboration Taxonomy explored as a guiding structure for learning design
Week 4: ‘Manage the learning while online and global’ - Essential strategies for managing online learning designs-Norms of Online Global Collaboration explored as a way to support shared understanding
Week 5: ‘Forge new learning modes’ - Exploration of student ideas for online global learning including peer-review
Week 6: ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ - Final review of course and sharing of new global designs for learning
Global Educator Course $476.00
Global Educator Course 2 Graduate Credits from Northern Iowa University $150.00