D2L, a global learning technology company, today announced the launch of eight new courses for The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education’s Educator and Leadership Institute (ELI), a program made to build teaching and leadership capacity in under-resourced communities globally, including Haiti, Nepal and Egypt. These new courses will help to empower teachers with the skills and courses they need to meet learners where they are, regardless of circumstances.
These free-to-learner courses, offered in both French and English, provides skills training in the professional development areas of K-12 science and technology pedagogy, leadership competencies, mathematics pedagogy, and special education. All courses can be found on D2L Open Courses, a public Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform that offers courses to the general public. To date, more than 2,000 educators in Haiti, Egypt, and Nepal have completed training via ELI. It is estimated that these educators directly instruct more than 100,000 students.
“Education is the key to improved life outcomes,” said Steve Sider, professor at Laurier Educator and Leadership Institute. “The key to effective education is effective teachers. These open access courses have the potential to dramatically impact the quality of education in low-resource communities globally. Laurier and ELI are delighted to partner with D2L on these efforts.”
D2L has partnered with ELI since 2015, helping K-12 teachers in Haiti improve their capacity to teach different grades. Through its work with ELI, D2L has also helped the organization maximize professional development opportunities for hundreds of Haitian educators by supporting a blend of face-to-face and online learning experiences that positively impact the lives of thousands of students across the country.
“We’re proud to extend Laurier Educator and Leadership Institute’s reach to help more K-12 educators and learners achieve more than they dreamed possible,” said John Baker, CEO at D2L. “Through these courses, we can help upskill more teachers around the world and extend learning into regions where in-person learning opportunities are not as easily accessible.”
View the new courses on D2L Open Courses in English and in French.