For those that were unable to attend the information meeting this week, here are the highlights:
1. COETAIL is a cohort program. That means that you need to be committed to taking all 5 courses. The last course will finish around March 2014. If you are planning to leave Japan at the end of this academic year (June 2013), it may be difficult to complete the program. Please note: you may not take COETAIL while living in the US. SUNY has a special grant for international school teachers, so this program is not available in the US.
2. At this point, we have 26 people signed up. We need a minimum of 25 to commit to the cohort to be able to run COETAIL. If you would like to advertise the program at your school, please feel free to print and display this flyer. I will be sending around a survey to confirm the number of participants soon. If you (or a friend) are interested in joining us, please fill in this very short survey.
3. To join COETAIL, you must apply to SUNY (State University of New York). The application form is here. Along with the application form, you must pay a US$50 application fee (which must be on a US check). The Fee form is here. If you have already taken courses through SUNY, you do not have to pay the fee again. There is a handy checklist to make sure you’ve completed everything here, and just in case you need it, a transcript request form here.
4. To apply to SUNY you must provide official transcripts from your university (a transcript request form is here). If you have not graduated from a North American university, this may be challenging, as transcripts are not common practice outside of North America. We have a number of non-North American graduates participating in this cohort and they can tell you more about the process, as needed. If your degree is not from the United States, you will have to have your transcripts translated and “validated” before they are sent to SUNY. You can find more about that here.
5. Once you apply to SUNY, it may take a while – up to 4 months – to be accepted. Therefore it’s best to apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please e-mail SUNY: firstname.lastname@example.org They are very helpful and responsive.
6. Our cohort will start in January. You can see the schedule here. It is expected that you will attend all face-to-face sessions. If you foresee a scheduling problem now, please let me know and we can work around it. Please note: We are planning for two Saturday meetings and two weekday meetings during each 6-week course, but can be flexible as needed. Once we have the full cohort of participants, I will send around a survey to see what the group as a whole prefers.
7. Tuition for each course will be determined by the number of people enrolled. If we have 25, it should be around US$518 . Tuition for the first course will be due Dec 15th. I will share payment details soon.
8. Work load is relatively light. You will create a blog in the first course (unless you already have one and prefer to use that one) and be expected to write a total of 7 blog posts over the 6 weeks, as well as complete readings and comment on other blogs. You will also complete one Understanding by Design unit planner for each course, which can be a group project. All you need to join our cohort is a laptop with internet access and a gmail address. We’ll help you get set up with everything else!
9. The credits that you earn through SUNY can be applied towards a Masters degree or towards your licensure renewal program. This certificate also qualifies you for an endorsement on an existing teacher’s license in the area of educational technology (very useful for future recruitment purposes).
10. All course meetings will include snacks and/or a meal (depending on the timing). Here’s a preview:
We are very excited to have a number of teachers from several different schools in Tokyo participating (YIS, Seisen, ASIJ, ISSH, TIS, Nishimashi, MIS, CAJ, and more). Please know that we will be as flexible as possible considering transportation and schedules. We will do our best to make the program work for everyone.We had a great group here on Tuesday and I can tell this is going to be a fantastic learning experience for all of us. We are committed to making it work for everyone who is interested, so please don’t hesitate to ask!