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Future Learning: MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

Wednesday 22nd January 2014. UPDATED: Thursday 23rd January 2014

How bizarre! Only yesterday I was replying to a former boss lamenting that MOOCs would be more prevalent in secondary schools within the next 5 years. Today, Education Secretary Michael Gove speaking at BETT said about MOOCs being able to provide variety to the curriculum.

Read about it here.

It's great to see some big names in education developing MOOCs for secondary school students.

Cambridge GCSE Computing Online is a MOOC for Key Stage 4 secondary school students: http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/.

My hypothesis is that MOOCs will work. For busy parents, they are an ideal way to satisfy the demand to be learning something new. They are also an ideal way for parents to demonstrate to children their interest in not only what their children are learning, but what they are interested in too. This lifestyle habit could potentially rub off on children.

For schools unable to afford decent resources, MOOCs could be the answer. If the content created for MOOCs is suitably targeted at every student and freely available, this leaves teachers with far more time to focus on teaching and assessment instead of frantically creating or sourcing resources.

Two MOOC sites worth looking at: