The COETAIL program (Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy) is based on the following key principals

Pedagogical Foundations

The design of this program is based on sound pedagogical foundations that aim to help students learn the material quickly and effectively within a community setting. This course is inspired by the connectivism learning theory, learning communitiesmastery learning, and peer assessment and our own understanding of pedagogical techniques that contribute to student learning and engagement in online communities.

Connectivism Theory

George Siemens in 2004 developed the idea of a new learning theory based on the digital age that was emerging on the Internet. The connectivism learning theory is based in part on the idea that we learn best through communities. Using this as our basis for designing this program, not only are participants led on a journey of mastery learning, but do so with a supportive community of other participants to ask questions, celebrate successes, and encourage risk taking.

Learning Communities

The COETAIL program uses a cohort system of learning. Once a cohort starts they become a learning community and together support and learn from each other on their learning journey. Throughout the program participants are encouraged to expand their thinking and take part in different online educational learning communities.

Mastery Learning

The COETAIL Program is designed to give students multiple opportunities to learn and reflect on their teaching practices as they go through the course. The feedback participants receive from the learning community is rich in ideas, suggestions and encouragement. This process is called Mastery Learning, and was shown in a paper by Bloom to increase student performance by about one standard deviation over more traditional forms of instruction and assessment.

The Efficacy of Online Learning

coetail title=In September 2010, the Department of Education (US) issued a detailed reportthat conducted a meta-analysis of 45 published studies that compare online and face-to-face learning. This analysis demonstrated that online learning methods are, on average, at least as effective as face-to-face learning. We believe that not only can online learning be as effective as face-to-face learning, but built on the foundations of theories that lend themselves to online learning, we can create a powerful learning experience for participants who can’t be face-to-face. This community approach to learning that the COETAIL Program is based on continues to show positive results in both online learning and face-to-face courses.

Continuing Education Quarter Credits

Need continuing education credit? We have partnered with The Heritage Institute to offer K-12 teachers the COETAIL program to maintain their certification. Through a contractual agreement between The Heritage Institute and Antioch University Seattle, 20 continuing education quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle. For further information, please visit The Heritage Institute’s website at

The Courses:

Course 1: Information Literacy and Ourselves as Learners
(Heritage: CM401v)
A foundation course, introducing learners to the methods of information literacy in the 21st century. Independent learning requires that students and teachers are able to evaluate the authenticity, relevance and bias of information that inundates us. Tools and strategies for teachers and students for accessing, filtering, evaluating and applying information will be addressed. This course will address meta-cognition and an awareness of how we learn in a digital landscape. Students will be provided with strategies for reflective practice and using prior knowledge to build understanding and deal with new technology.

Course 2: 21st Century Literacy Ideas, Questions, and Issues
(Heritage: CM401w)
The 21st Century learner had been bombarded with new technology, access to wide ranging global communication, and a plethora of information. Accompanying this new world of learning are ethical, moral, social, and emotional considerations that are changing the way in which our students are interacting with the world. This course will explore current issues inherent in our technological world.

Course 3: Visual Literacy: Effective Communicators and Creators
(Heritage: CM401x)
The curriculum of design and attention to aesthetic has always been the property of the visual arts, however as so much our media is now consumed and created electronically a new set of visual literacies have emerged. Awareness of how an audience interacts with that medium and how to take advantage of this to strengthen their message or purpose for communication will be addressed.

Course 4: Technology: A Catalyst for Learning
(Heritage: CM401y)
Research based best practice for the embedded use of technology for learning will be shared and practiced. The focus will be on the habits that provide students with the ability to use technology for its greatest learning advantage. The best use of laptop computers, tablets, etc will be addressed as embedded tools to foster optimum learning of the curriculum. The optimal use of communication tools such as podcasts, blogs, social-networks, Google Docs, and videos will be addressed with tips for management and strategies to promote maximum learning in classrooms.

Course 5: Alive in the Classroom: Applied Web 2.0 Technology for Learning
(Heritage: CM401y)
The course will be about the classroom application, and reflection on the use of web 2.0 technology in the classroom. Participants will be asked to create a plan for the embedded use of technology to foster learning, share with the group and offer feedback on their cohorts’ embedded use of technology for learning. Did the use of technology lead to deeper learning?

Two Types of Cohorts:

Online Cohort:

The online cohort program is our most popular program in which educators from International Schools around the world come together to learn. No travel costs, no giving up your summer holidays and takes about 2 school years to complete. This program is very flexible and because we are International Educators as well we understand the schedules and difficulties involved with doing online courses in certain countries. We work with you to help you get the most out of your program.

Heritage Continuing Credit: $720 per course
Non-Credit: $500 per course

  • Taught by a COETAIL Founder or COETAIL Certified Teacher
  • All paperwork and finance handling provided by COETAIL
  • Includes a blog and joining the growing community on the site
  • Includes access to live sessions and recorded podcast with other COETAILers and special guests

Local Cohort:

Local cohorts are popular with larger international schools where the school can support a cohort of learners about 25 participants in size. These local cohorts can be school or multi-school based. For a local cohort a point person at the international school will handle all the paperwork and money for the cohort. We are very flexible with how on-site course are ran and we’ve worked with schools to find a schedule that works both for the school and for the educators involved. We are very cautious of the timing of these course around when grade reports might be due, holidays, and other school specific functions. Because we are international educators ourselves we understand the need to be flexible when working with international schools. For more information please contact us at info[at]

Please contact us for a quote – for a cohort of 25 educators

Cost based on 25 participants, price varies based on number of participants

  • Taught by a COETAIL Founder or COETAIL Certified Teacher
  • All paperwork and finance handling provided by COETAIL
  • Flight and hotel costs for instructor provided by COETAIL (one visit per course)
  • School responsible for costs of:
    • local travel for instructor (ground transportation only)
    • food/snacks during workshops
    • functional classroom for workshop with internet access, projector and speakers

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