Is a MOOC the Future of Public Education?
MOOC-s are a new vision of Higher Education but with creativity the can be used to teach all students. MOOC-s can help all teachers flip their classrooms and give students more options to learn and relearn. I use Khan Academy in my class daily to reteach concepts and give students the option of pausing and reviewing lessons as many times as they need. MOOC learning may be the only way some academic domains will be available to some students with austerity.
Free MOOC ( massive open online course ) classes may be the great equalizer that creates equity for students needing a Public Education and or Higher Education worldwide. MOOC classes and courses give everyone access to world class teachers, universities, ideas, and curriculum.
Is there a MOOC in you and your students future!
Coursera - Higher education that overcomes the boundaries of geography, time and money!
Aboriginal Worldviews and Education Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education. Jean-Paul Restoule
Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application In this course you will learn about the fundamentals of online education. The emphasis will be on planning and application. In the planning phase, you will explore online learning pedagogy, online course design,privacy and copyright issues, online assessments, managing an online class, web tools and Learning Management Systems. In the application phase, you will create online learning materials. The final project for the course will consist of you building an online course based on everything that you learned and created in the course Fatimah Wirth
English Composition I: Achieving Expertise English Composition I provides an introduction to and foundation for the academic reading and writing characteristic of college. Attending explicitly to disciplinary context, you will learn to read critically, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, and craft powerful prose that meets readers’ expectations. You will gain writing expertise by exploring questions about expertise itself: What factors impact expert achievement? What does it take the succeed? Who determines success? Since personal investment yields better writing, you can select an area of expertise meaningful to you (a hobby, trade, profession, discipline, etc.) for your major writing projects, which will be drafted and revised in sequenced stages: a critical response to an argument about expertise (2pp.); an explication of a visual image (2pp.); a case study of an expert (4pp.) and an Op-Ed (2 pp.). Your writing will be central to the course as we create a seminar/workshop structure with peer response and selected instructor feedback. Denise Comer
E-learning and Digital Cultures E-learning and Digital Cultures is aimed at teachers, learning technologists, and people with a general interest in education who want to deepen their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age. The course is about how digital cultures intersect with learning cultures online, and how our ideas about online education are shaped through “narratives”, or big stories, about the relationship between people and technology. We’ll explore some of the most engaging perspectives on digital culture in its popular and academic forms, and we’ll consider how our practices as teachers and learners are informed by the difference of the digital. We’ll look at how learning and literacy is represented in popular digital-, (or cyber-) culture. For example, how is ‘learning’ represented in the film The Matrix, and how does this representation influence our understanding of the nature of e-learning? Jeremy Knox, Sian Bayne, Hamish Macleod, Jen Ross, Christine Sinclair
A massive open online course (MOOC) is a type of online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in the area of distance education, and a progression of the kind of open education ideals suggested by open educational resources. Wiki
The newest MOOCS that just launched in 2012!
Coursera is a for-profit educational technology company founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University. Coursera partners with various universities and makes a few of their courses available online free for a large audience. As of November 2012 more than 1,900,241 students from 196 countries have enrolled in at least one course (although only "hundreds of thousands" have taken courses and completion rates are 7-9% -- reported in a Daphne Koller interview with Knowledge@Wharton) Wiki
Udacity is a private educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky. According to Thrun, the origin of the name Udacity comes from the company's desire to be "audatious for you, the student.". Udacity is the outgrowth of free computer science classes offered in 2011 through Stanford University.As of 28 November 2012, Udacity has 15 active courses.Thrun has stated he hopes half a million students will enroll, after an enrollment of 160,000 students in the predecessor course at Stanford, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and 90,000 students had enrolled in the initial two classes as of March 2012. Udacity was announced at the 2012 Digital Life Design conference. Udacity is funded by venture capital firm, Charles River Ventures, and $300,000 of Thrun's personal money. In October 2012 the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz led the investment of another $15 million in Udacity Wiki
Can MOOCS save us from bad educational policies that have bankrupted public schools and made higher education to costly for most? Can MOOCs work in public school classrooms to supliment science? Have we labored under the delusion that Americas technological greatness is waning? Are we neglecting public education so we can balance budgets, especially STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math ) learning and 21st century academic skills? Yes
When we neglect STEM curriculum, 21st century communication skills, we are creating a true digital/knowledge divide that leaves students with no future. All but a few public schools can focus on critical/modern academic areas because of budgetary constraints and the cost of implementing the CCSS. Areas such as STEM, IT, computer programming, web development, bio engineering, medical science, advanced math and science are not possible with little or no money, or are they? Flipping classrooms or flipping schools and creating MOOCs for public education may just save many students in the future from a narrow myopic education.
MOOCs are a great way to bring STEM to every student and classroom not just Higher Education students.
What is the future? Why are we are still debating full-day kindergarten and extending the school year? Money!
MOOCs are at their inception highly coast effective!
The CCSS are designed to redress the lack of academic rigor that has hindered public education the last 10-20 but yet again the problem is the money to implement them.
Implementing longer school years, free early childhood education, free preschool starting at age 2, full day kindergarten, modern vocational training, small primary class sizes, schools paying for books and supplies not teachers, and the never ending list of teachers desires are just never going to happen. MOOCs will not fix all the problems of short sightedness or small budgets but they may free up money if schools look at instructional design through new eyes.
The rest of the world is changing to meet a changing future. MOOCs will change the world! Sean Taylor Dyslexic Teacher