By Sean Cavanagh
Coursera, a major player in the world of providing “massively open online courses” in higher education, is making its first move into the K-12 landscape through an effort to provide free training and professional development to teachers in the United States and other countries.
The move appears to represent one of the clearest indications of the role that “MOOCs,” which to date have been primarily a higher education phenomenon, could play in the world of elementary and secondary education, a question that technology advocates and school officials have been debating for some time.
In college and university settings, MOOCs have enabled institutions to post courses online, allowing for the academic content provided by faculty to be shared with new audiences on a huge scale.
But the forums have also met resistance in some quarters, from those who say MOOCs create the potential for sharing weak content, and in some cases from faculty and others who aren’t comfortable with their institutions giving others free access to their courses, without any constraints.
[ Full article available at Education Week: http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2013/06/12/03bits-mooc.h06.html ]