Our member schools wanted to expand their academic offerings in a way that mirrored the learning happening on campus: interactive, collaborative, rigorous. In addition, they wanted to form a global network so students would have the opportunity to meet and work with students from different schools and different backgrounds.
Our biggest challenge was helping students and teachers recognize the implications of blended and online learning on pedagogy. Learning design is about intent and design, not about technology. We must do more than simply replicate traditional practice using technology. In order for students to engage, they must be placed at the center of the experience and take ownership of their learning.
Make an effort to clearly articulate your goals, both practical and aspirational. There is so much technology out there (much of it mediocre or worse), and pedagogy and mission-driven goals will help your school make thoughtful, effective choices about the kind of tech-enhanced learning that happens at your school.
In 2015 we identified competency-based learning as the best mode in which to deliver our program. We specialize in teacher training and instructional design that models the kind of learning we want students to experience: focused on mastery, not seat time; driven by passion; intent on skill-building, not content acquisition; motivated by transfer of learning to new, relevant contexts.
Global Online Academy is a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world. Our mission is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
Our student program of small, interactive online courses allows schools to expand what they can offer, helping students test their passions and interests in ways typically unavailable on a single campus. Our professional learning program offers courses and customized partnerships to educators and schools, bringing all we know about best practices in learning design, student-driven experiences, and innovation to brick-and-mortar schools.
Contact: Michael Nachbar
Contact Title: Executive Director
Global Online Academy
14050 1st Ave NE