Q: How does learning take place in the Online Academy's courses?
A: Learning in the courses is mainly asynchronous – in other words, the time and place of participation are flexible. The study materials are presented on the course website, and students can communicate with the lecturer via email, forum, and the internal communications system on the website. During the course, there are at least two synchronous sessions (the dates and times of these sessions are determined in conjunction with the students). These sessions employ sound, video, and online chat.
Q: What learning frameworks are offered by the Online Academy?
A: The Online Academy offers two possible study tracks: (1) individual courses or (2) a full program. Every course (individual or as part of a program) lasts an entire semester (approximately 14 weeks). A full program comprises eight courses, six of which are mandatory and two of which are electives. Students may begin with a track comprising individual courses and subsequently complete the requirements for a full program.
Q: Which study areas do the Online Academy courses cover?
A: Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language;
Integrating Technologies into Education;
Teaching English as a Foreign Language;
Teaching Jewish Studies.
There is also a group of general courses that are taught in Spanish.
Q: Is any special equipment or instrumentation required in order to study in the online courses?
A: For asynchronous learning, only a hook-up to the Internet is necessary. In order to participate in the synchronous sessions (in real time), earbuds or speakers plus a microphone are needed.
Q: Is it necessary to have prior knowledge of computer and Internet use in order to participate in the courses?
A: No special knowledge is required other than a basic knowledge of operating a computer and using the Internet. The course activities take place on a structured website that contains instructions for use and is constantly accompanied by the course lecturer, by the head of the academy, and by a technological support expert.
Q: In what language are the courses held?
A: The courses are held in several languages, usually in accordance with the field that is being studied: Teaching Hebrew is taught in Hebrew; Teaching Arabic is taught in Arabic; Teaching English is taught in English; Teaching Technologies and Teaching Jewish Studies are also taught in English. A group of courses are taught in Spanish. For the users' convenience, the language in which the course is taught is indicated alongside every course on the website.
Q: Does learning take place individually or in groups?
A: Learning takes place in groups; the (average) group consists of between eight and twelve participants. That said, in all courses, an emphasis is placed on devoting personal attention to every student.
Q: Does one have to pay to study a course?
A: Registration to courses involves payment, but there is a discount policy for group registration or for an individual who registers for several courses. In addition, it is possible to contact us in order to request an institutional grant for a particular faculty member. For further information, click here.
Q: Is technical support available to the course participants?
A: Technical support is available to the participants at all stages – during registration and the initial entry into the course website as well as during the course itself. The support is available via email, Skype, or phone.
Q: For whom are the courses intended?
A: The courses are intended for teachers, teacher educators, and anyone who is keen to expand their knowledge of methods and tools for teaching the fields of study offered by the Academy. The courses are open to participants from all over the world.
Q: Who are the lecturers who teach the courses?
A: The lecturers are all experts in the fields that are dealt with in their courses. They all have experience in both frontal and distance teaching, and they are faculty members of institutions of higher education in Israel and worldwide.
Q: Are there exams during the courses?
A: There are no exams during the courses, but there are reading and written assignments as well as final papers. The assignments and papers are graded, and the final grade appears on the written confirmation of completion of studies for every course.
Q: Do the students receive certificates upon completion of a course and/or a program?
A: At the end of an individual course, a written confirmation of completion of studies is awarded, along with a list of the topics studied and the final grade. Upon completion of a full program that includes eight courses, graduates are awarded a certificate of specialization in the didactics of teaching the particular field. The certificates are awarded under the supervision and with the approval of the Ministry of Education and The MOFET Institute in Israel.
Q: Does the Online Academy hold activities that supplement the courses?
A: In addition to courses, the Online Academy also holds professional webinars (free of charge) on topics that are related to the course topics. The webinars take place during the semester breaks. For information about the webinars, click here. The Academy also holds synchronous online seminars on topics taken from the fields of study of the courses. For information about the seminars, click here.
Q: Is the use of the International Portal of Teacher Education free of charge?
A: Yes. The use of the portal is free and open to all, including registration for the monthly newsletter
Q: Which technological infrastructure is necessary for participating in the webinars?
A: A computer connected to the Internet with JAVA installed, preferably with a headset consisting of earphones and microphone.
Q: Can I get instructions for how to participate in the event?
A: Yes. You can register
for the webinar by clicking on its title and filling out the requisite details. We will send you instructions. You can also click here
Q: How much does it cost to participate?
A: Participation is free of charge.
Q: Will I be able to get the presentation/materials/recording of the session after the event?
A: Yes. If you register
for the webinar, we will send you the presentation/materials/recording of the session following the event.
Q: Will I be able to communicate (ask questions, respond) with the lecturer and the participants during the session?
A: Yes. That’s the main idea of a webinar. You can write comments and questions in the session’s chat at any time, or click the “raise hand” button and receive permission to speak.
Q: Will I be able to contact the lecturer with further questions after the webinar is over?
A: Yes, the lecturer usually provides her/his email address.