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St. Patrick’s College, DCU and H2 Learning launch Massive Open Online Course to help teachers bring

Dublin-based St. Patrick’s College, DCU and H2 Learning, an Irish eLearning services and consultancy organisation, have collaborated over the past year to develop a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called “21st Century Learning Design” which will be used by teachers across the globe to help support the objective of bringing more technology skills into the classroom.

21st Century Learning Design, or 21CLD, is a key feature of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to teacher professional learning. The course will be available through the Microsoft Educator Community, an online portal accessible to the educators across the globe


Regardless of the path that students choose to take, they need technology and a range of key skills to participate fully and to flourish in today’s world. These 21st century skills include the skills of communication, collaboration, problem-solving, innovation and construction of new knowledge. Information Communications Technology (ICT) plays a key role in our society and has the potential to transform teaching, learning and assessment. The 21CLD course is designed to enable teachers and others to transform the design of enriching learning activities for their students, through the use of ICT.


Prof. Brian MacCraith, DCU President, commented: “We are delighted to have collaborated with H2 Learning and Microsoft on the development of this course. It will now be accessed by teachers across the world and is an example of how Irish education and eLearning companies are leading the way in innovations for teacher education and teacher professional learning. The development of 21st century transferable skills in students is of critical importance at all levels of education and we need to support teachers in achieving this objective. It is wonderful that an excellent support tool is now readily available online, by virtue of the 21CLD MOOC.”


The 21CLD course will allow Irish teachers, and teachers around the globe, to embed ICT more effectively into their classroom teaching by designing learning activities that develop 21st century skills.

“21CLD is a major part of our commitment to support teacher professional learning. The constantly changing world that we live in presents tremendous opportunity for young people but we in industry as well as the education community have a responsibility to ensure that they have the skills to help them exploit those opportunities fully. Teachers are central to this goal. We have worked with teachers for many years, supporting them as they seek to integrate digital technologies into the classroom and to help them constantly upskill. This new course adds to the materials, programmes and assets already available and we believe it will be a catalyst for change as it makes the tools and information even more accessible than ever before.”

- Regina Murray, Microsoft’s Head of Education for Europe

Regardless of the path that students choose to take, they need technology and a range of key skills to participate fully and to flourish in today’s world. These 21st century skills include the skills of communication, collaboration, problem-solving, innovation and construction of new knowledge.


H2 Learning, working in partnership with St. Patrick’s College and Microsoft has developed the course over the past year. Commenting the H2 learning CEO, John Hurley said:


“The 21CLD MOOC supports a key objective of the Irish Government’s Digital Strategy for Schools - that of providing guidance and examples of good practice on the effective, critical and ethical use of ICT for teaching, learning and assessment by using real classroom practice. We find that the needs and objectives are common in many countries across the world and are delighted that the course that we have developed with the Digital Learning team at St. Patrick’s College, DCU will be used by educators here in Ireland and across the globe. This has been a great opportunity to collaborate with leaders in their field and we are delighted that the MOOC will be accessible to all via the Microsoft Educator Community platform.”


The course is designed to be a living resource where teachers and others engage with the resource and with their peers from around the globe. It is envisaged that the participants will actively contribute to the course by providing a rich array of digital artefacts that can help all teachers to enhance their professional practice.

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