Get learning! Online, easy wins for your professional development

This a living document that we’ll add to over time.

Whether you’re an old hat or just starting out, online talks and courses are just so invigorating! Use them to get (re)motivated, remind yourself of key concepts or just for interest’s sake. This post emphasizes heritage learning but includes other, more general topics of interest to educators.

First off is a wonderful course that I took – and I can’t recommend it enough!  Linnaeus University Historic Environment Education Part I  is theoretical and the following 6 months (Part II) are practical. You get undergraduate-level credits for both. Oh, and it’s taught in English and you get to learn about and see Swedish archaeology. If you can’t take the course, please use the link above to download the course syllabus – just to get the list of heritage-education reading.

You might qualify for a full fee grant for students in Scotland at the Open University, especially if you work part-time.

The Open University also offers OpenLearn (‘free learning from the Open University’). Here is a pick ‘n mix of the heritage courses that caught my eye:

The TED-Ed project — TED’s education initiative “makes short video lessons worth sharing, aimed at educators and students. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which are collaborations between educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform”.  Some of the educational TED videos are YouTube’s most-watched of all time. Why am I including these education videos here? Because so many discussions around formal education have implications for or resonate with informal learning provision.

Future Learn are a beautiful swirl of online platform and UK universities. Their ‘free online courses’ are free to do, but you may need to pay to get a certificate to prove it. That said, I’ve had personal success in doing these courses. Is the course you’re interested in not on yet? No problem. Just hit the ’email when this course starts’ button on the course’s info page.

Coursera is the American equivalent of Future Learn.

The Great Courses offers US college-level courses. Of these, it has an excellent course on the psychology of lifelong learning, How We Learn. How we Learn is taught by award-winning lecturer Psychology Professor Dr. Monisha Pasupathi and has a lovely pace that makes the information easy to remember, interesting mix of terms and real-life examples and includes episodes like: ‘Myths About Learning’ and ‘Why No Single Learning Theory Works’, and’ Cultivating a Desire’ to Learn. This course is worth getting the 14-day The Great Courses free trial for. You can either watch each episode as a video, or simply listen along to the audio file (which you can speed up or slow down). The only thing I would flag up is that  some of the psychology tests done to/on animals, in particular the older studies (Pavlov! I never knew!), and the some older studies on children, can be distressing to hear about.

That’s it for now! I’ll update it as and when I learn about more.

Posted by: Becca

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Blog author Becca Boyde is the Youth Engagement Officer at Archaeology Scotland and coordinates the Heritage Resources Portal. Views Own. Contact:

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