CoP Overview

Design Your Own Virtual Field Trip (VFT) is a fast-paced five week postgraduate professional CoP which utilizes the affordances of the Internet and practical approaches to instruction, allowing each participant to develop his or her own original VFT, ready to use in the classroom.

The CoP is built to foster a community of online learners in which each student contributes his or her professional expertise and experience to help build new understandings. Emphasis is on participation in online class discussion and on the final course project.

There is no required text for this CoP; all materials are web-based. Each week students will complete course readings, participate in online discussion based on those readings, and complete assignments which build towards a course project: a ready-to-use VFT which is grounded in the curriculum you teach.

Upon successful completionof Building Bridges, each participant will receive a certificate for 40 seat hours of work suitable for professional develop credit with your school district.