Get Ready: MOOCs Are Coming To K-12

Career College Central summary:

  • One misconception about MOOC creators is that they are out to replace teachers and schools. But Howard Lurie, vice president for external affairs at edX in Cambridge, MA, said MOOCs aren't out to accomplish that. "We are looking to enhance teaching and learning," he said.
  • In his role with edX, a not-for-profit initiative created by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Lurie works with partners around the world in what he calls an ongoing grand experiment. Part of that experiment may ultimately include offering portions of MOOCs to augment the high school advanced placement (AP) curriculum.
  • Lurie said edX could bring about a new breed of AP courses. That new breed would be in the form of a very significant and enhanced platform…and it all leads to ways in which we can use blended models to teach AP courses." Other companies are jumping on the idea of MOOC-enhanced AP classes too: Tablet-maker Amplify recently announced that it will offer a free, two-semester AP Computer Science MOOC with in-school support.
  • Lurie believes the hybrid approach is one way to enhance knowledge and branch out from the lecture-based instruction that can grow stale, even when it comes from the best teachers. He said edX-blended AP courses could = provide a level playing field for all schools and all teachers, where in effect our courses become sort of a talking textbook.

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