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Digital Didactics: The Lesson Plan


You are invited to immerse yourself in the world of digital didactics with our first module of the course: The Lesson Plan, between August 16 and August 29 . We are systematically drawing the complete arc from class design to assessment to make the most out of this new environment. 

You will have the chance to put it in practice and get feedback from peers from all over the world. This will broaden your range of teaching skills and you’ll be even better prepared to take on new challenges. 


  • 4 synchronous sessions 
  • work asynchronously in groups of 4-6
  • personalized  feedback 
  • Expect to be busy for 1,5-2h every day for a total of 20-24h over the two weeks


  • Learn, practice and reflect about a range of methods that allow for quick, granular and global insights that can unlock significant student outcomes 
  • Learn about evidence-based ways to promote student engagement online
  • Share and learn from peers around the world some of the most impactful activities that work in real situations
  • Reflect on and practice clear, actionable, constructive feedback


  • passionate educators for all age groups from all around the world 
  • interested in learning and applying online techniques 
  • focused on student-outcome


August 17 to
August 29, 2020


20-24 hours in total

1,5-2h per day







JULY 16, 2020


1,5-2 hours per day


20-24 hours overall


sponsored by EDU



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Christine Looser

Christine is a behavioral scientist whose work combines social psychology, vision science, and neuroscience to explore how perceptual information is successfully (and mistakenly) transformed into social knowledge.
Christine teaches at Minerva Schools at KGI and Harvard University, and holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth College and a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.

Soraya Gonzalez

Soraya Gonzalez

Soraya Gonzalez is a 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher and Team Leader at Saint Michael’s School, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is also teaching Study Skills and First Lego League Coach
Soraya is one of the winners of the pisa4u program OECD programs with the Bridge Builder's Toolkit: Increasing Student Motivation Through Community Building.

Science of learning, in action

Over the past decades learning sciences made great progress in understanding how students recall, organise, and transfer knowledge. Some passionate and experienced teachers arrived intuitively to some of these techniques but by and large educational practice does not make use of research findings.
During these 20-24h over 2 weeks we’re diving deeper in this environment to learn, share and apply learner centric techniques informed by best research and adapted to your situation.

step 1: Manage FOCUS

When you have solved the problem of controlling the attention of the child, you have solved the entire problem of its education.
Maria Montessori


Attention is a critical factor in learning if only the first step. Supporting student learning means helping them stay on task so they are able to notice deeper patterns, make connections between ideas and integrate new knowledge. 

In online environments, both synchronous ( like during online conferences) and asynchronous (as with most homework)  passive attention may be harder to control while active attention is only a click away. Teachers cannot control every aspect of the interaction but they can certainly make it easier for students to engage with the material. 

During this event we will gather some of the most effective ways to help students focus.

step 2: Effective Processing

Practice yourself in little things; and thence proceed to greater.


Catching a student’s attention is necessary but not yet enough for learning. We need to give them the opportunity to practice in different ways and different contexts the newly acquired knowledge.  What kind of activities help students move information most efficiently from working memory to long term memory? 

Active Learning activities are crucial for this step: problem-based learning, group work, interactivity, participating and reflecting are some key tools. 

We will bring together some of the most effective ways for students to manipulate the information in ways that makes it more likely for them to remember and understand it.


Informational questions

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EDU is a private institution for higher education, founded in June 2018, with a vision to substantially increase the quality and accessibility of education. We want to change education with digital technologies and innovative learning practices. 

EDU is truly a digital native institution. Its degree course include Europe’s first digital medical school – EDU Medical and its course in Human Medicine. EDU’s state-of-the-art digital learning platform offers a 21st Century education model incorporating modern didactic methodologies and is fully accessible to students and learners wherever they are.

EDU is operated by Digital Education Holdings Ltd. (DEH).