The Technology Learning Support Specialist (TLSS) is a new paraprofessional career field. This course is great for parents, caregivers, teachers or community members who want to improve their technology use in the traditional classroom, their workplace or home. The course is ideal for those who want to help themselves and their family members succeed in a technology driven world.
Technology Learning Support Specialist (TLSS) modules can be completed in approximately 60 minutes each and can be accessed anytime. Modules can be completed from a smartphone for convenience or from a tablet or computer. A hallmark of the content is practical application of skills, reflection and authentic assessment activities. This allows parents, caregivers and teachers who have limited free time to use the skills immediately in their home, school and community. More and more schools and businesses rely on technology to deliver distance education and client services. And because more tech is now used by schools and businesses, adults have greater need to use that same technology wisely and with available resources in their home or community.
The modules deliver learning content, measure satisfaction and basic knowledge through user friendly surveys, and allow for the uploading of replies and assignments, just like a text message or social media chat. We strive to level the playing field and close historic opportunity gaps to learning.
TLSS modules and credentials are not limited to schools and traditional teachers. A main component of our Northern New Mexico consortium is to reach community members. A prime example of a target audience for TLSS are parents and caregivers. As parents and caregivers are a child’s first teacher, they are the foundation of technology literacy.
After completing the course, the successful student will receive 5 badges (one per module) that stack into a certificate (stackable credential) that is recognized by New Mexico Highlands University and Northern New Mexico consortium members (community groups, colleges, school districts). The credential can be used for resume building, skills development and online learning opportunities.
Module 101 – The Digital Learning Landscape: Meeting Challenges and Finding Opportunities in Providing Effective Distance Education
Module 102 – Technology Resources that Support Effective Distance Education
Module 103 – Teaching and Learning Strategies that Support Effective Distance Education
Module 104 – Parents and Caregivers in a Learning Team: Stumbling as a Part of Learning
Module 105- Parents and Caregivers as Lifelong Learners: Lifelong Learning and Putting Our Virtual Journey in Context
Registration is open from April 19 2021 until August 24, 2021.