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Taking Advantage of MOOCs in K-12 Education: A Blended Approach

Taking Advantage of MOOCs in K-12 Education: A Blended Approach
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Author(s): Samantha Briggs (Old Dominion University, USA) and Helen Crompton (Old Dominion University, USA)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 13
Source title: Mobile and Blended Learning Innovations for Improved Learning Outcomes
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): David Parsons (The Mind Lab by Unitec, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0359-0.ch015

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Abstract

Technological opportunities are opening new ways for educators to enhance K-12 instruction. While many educators are incorporating digital technologies into their teaching, there is evidence to show that K-12 educators have a lack of training, time, and resources to implement learner-centered digital instruction. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) have gained a reputation for providing online learning in higher education and are now extending to K-12. The unique digital advantages as well as the rising number of students enrolled in schools has led to discussions about the potential of MOOCS for students in K-12 (ages 4-19 years) education. This chapter provides a review of the literature of early pioneering work of MOOCs in K-12 within North America. Early MOOC classes are explicated and positives and challenges discussed. It appears from the review that there is a place for MOOCs to be embedded into a blended K-12 environment to extend and enhance existing curricula.

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