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The Art of Teaching

A brief introduction to teaching for aspiring and beginning teachers. This teacher training course will put you in the students’ shoes and help you discover the art of teaching vis-à-vis your own learning experience. You will be able to explore learning theories and different teaching strategies to suit different types of students. This course was created by the Varkey GEMS Foundation to support teachers using the professional development courses used by GEMS Education.

Cost: Free


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About this Course Teaching has always been more of a vocation than a profession. Every responsible citizen of the world was once moulded by a good teacher. It takes a special skill to impart knowledge to another person, be it a child or an adult. That is what makes teaching an art—knowing what level your learners are at, and presenting the material to them in a way they will not only grasp and remember, but be able to make practical use of. This three-week teacher training course has a practical edge, and you will: Be able to apply what you learn here to any classroom you will be in and with a diverse range of students. Explore learning theories and different teaching strategies to suit different types of students. Cover topics covered in the course including types of learners, teacher-centred and student-centred learning, lesson design, how people learn, what happens in the brain when we learn, and how to get students involved in assessment. By the end of the course, have a structured approach towards any lesson you take with any class of students. Be able to organize your thoughts, teaching, and even learning activities for your students. This is the first teacher training MOOC on Edx.


  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructor: ​John Gougoulis
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: EdX

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About EdX: EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

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