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Global Education Academy

Learn from leading researchers and practitioners from around the world. Engage in dynamic and relevant professional development. Network with educators across all contexts.

PK-12 teachers
School and district leaders
Educational technologists
Librarians/media specialists
Museum educators
Graduate students
Community service organizations

Participate in free pilot


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Be a part of the GEA community

View thought-provoking conversations with cutting-edge thinkers. Engage with education innovators around the world.


Mission & Vision

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Vision

To inform and transform futures through learning and education.
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Mission

To provide innovations and insights from around the world to support local action and transformation in education and learning.

Micro-Learning Credentials

The Global Education Academy offers professional development, with options to stack toward graduate credit. Learn from global leading theorists, innovators, and practitioners. Network and collaborate with peers from around the world. Our professional development platform offers unique access to interviews, lectures, and presentations by leading thinkers as well as the perspectives of practitioners.

  • We design our materials for busy educators and leaders to learn and grow.
  • Build your own learning path that meets your goals by choosing topics and issues that are relevant to your practice.
  • The flexible, stackable model allows you to engagewith other curious and passionate educators whenconvenient.
  • Every learning context is different, so we make sure that you have the creative and critical space to explore and apply theory and innovation to your own environment. 

Two levels of engagement:

  • Are you seeking credit to apply toward re-licensure requirements or possibly toward an eventual degree?
  • Or would you prefer to learn for your own enrichment without the need to earn recognition?

Learning Options

Engage: Complete Independent Micro-Learning Experiences

For those who seek to learn from great thinkers but are not interested in credit, each of the professional development units is available as an Independent Micro-Learning Experience (IMLE). IMLE participants will have access to video content and other material from our experts but do not need to complete assignments. Note, an IMLE is not stackable toward KU credit but may be recognized by some school districts for professional development points.

Activate: Earn Stackable Micro-Learning Credentials

Each IMLE is also available in a version that is stackable toward graduate credit at KU. The Stackable Micro-Learning Credential (SMLC) version of each unit includes meaningful assignments creating lesson plans or other materials that are useful to you. These assignments are evaluated and can count as an SMLC that is stackable toward KU graduate credit.

Launch: Stack SMLCs & Earn KU Credit

Stackable SMLCs allow individuals to earn a University of Kansas micro-credential credit (one hour of graduate credit). More information to be provided. Please check back often.

Ready to start your summer learning journey?

Earn IMLEs or SMLCs for the KU SOEHS Virtual Summer Conference 2021


Non-credit option

To obtain an IMLE for participating in the Virtual Summer Conference, send an email to global-academy@ku.edu. You will receive instructions on completing a very brief accountability assignment for which you will receive confirmation of your IMLE for that session.


Credit option

To earn three Stackable Micro-Learning Credentials and stack these for one hour of graduate credit, participants will be required to attend at least three of the four live sessions of the conference (or watch the recordings of the sessions), view all additional videos and other supplemental materials posted on the conference materials web page, and complete the coursework assignments for three SMLCs posted in the conference course in Canvas.

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Step 1

Register with the Global Education Academy and pay $50 fee for one SMLC.

Step 2

Engage in any three of the four conference sessions. Engage and interact with the associated interactive learning opportunities for each session. Create and share artifacts relevant to your teaching as evidence of your engagement. Earn three SMLCs. (Special conference pricing – three SMLCs for the price of one.)

Step 3

Apply for acceptance as a non-degree seeking graduate student at KU. (See details below.)

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Step 4

Enroll in one KU micro-credential credit hour for only $100 tuition. (See details below.)

Step 5

Receive your one credit hour Microcredential from KU.

Apply to become a non-degree seeking student at KU

To earn credit you will need to be accepted first as a non-degree-seeking student at the University of Kansas.

Application process

Submit an application

To submit an application, visit the Graduate Admissions page and then click “Apply” to start an application.

Application intention

When asked to indicate your application intention, select “The applicant does not intend to work for an advanced degree at KU at the time of admission.”

Program Choice

When asked to select a Program Choice, select Curriculum and Teaching: Curriculum & Instruction – Non Degree (Fall 2021). You will then be asked to pay a $30.00 application fee.

Enroll for the Fall 2021 Semester

After being accepted as a non-degree-seeking student, you will need to enroll and pay the KU microcredential tuition.
 
Go to the KU Enroll & Pay website and register for EDUC 698. The tuition for one microcredit graduation tuition credit hour for EDUC 698 is $100. Deadlines for enrollment are listed on the academic calendar by date. Check the deadlines to avoid late fees.

Cost Summary

For one graduate credit hour for the 2021 Virtual Summer Conference:

  • $30 application fee to become a non-degree-seeking student
  • $50 for a package of three SMLCs (normally $150)
  • $100 for KU micro-credential tuition

Total: $180


The reduced tuition of $100 for one credit of micro-credential tuition is only available for students who are non-degree-seeking. Students who have already matriculated into degree programs would need to pay the normal tuition rate for one credit hour.

Disclaimers: You must complete all assignments for a passing grade by the supervising faculty member in order to qualify for credit. Please check with your school district to verify whether IMLE or SMLC will be recognized for professional development points.


FAQs

No, the conference is free. The $50 GEA SMLC fee and the $100 KU Micro-credential tuition provide the student access to assignments, feedback on the assignments, and graduate credit.

No

Yes, but they would need to pay the normal tuition rate for the credit hour.

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Yes.

The assignments will include reflective writing, responses to the conference content, responses to related readings, and the creation of lesson plans, teaching materials, or other demonstrations of content learned.

No. An attendee could decide at any time during the summer or fall to participate in this program. To earn three SMLBs, however, the participant would need to attend at least three of the four live sessions of the conference (or watch recordings of the sessions). In addition, participants need to pay attention to KU enrollment deadlines, to avoid paying late fees.)

Yes, a student could complete all of the steps outlined above in the summer, including enrolling in EDC 698 and completing all of the assignments by the end of July to get credit for the summer term. However, the student would have to pay a late fee to the registrar as the deadline for summer enrollment without a late fee has already passed. (There are no late fees for GEA registration.)


Pilot SMLC on Personalizable Learning

Be a part of something new and become an inaugural member of the 2021 Micro-Learning Credential launch as the Global Education Academy explores the topic of personalizable learning. Expert guides include Distinguished Professors Yong Zhao and Michael Wehmeyer, co-authors of Teaching Students to Become Student Learners (2020). Participants will have free access to this content, launched summer 2021.

Consulting

The GEA offers consulting to districts and educational organizations on designing and implementing professional development.


Contact Us

Participate in a free pilot of the MLC program. RSVP for the 2021 Strategies for Educational Improvement Summer Conference. Subscribe to receive updates from the Global Education Academy.

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The Global Education Academy is supported in part by a gift from the Williamson Family Foundation.