'MOOC' Plan Could Address Dual-Enrollment
Coursera partners with universities
A recent decision by 10 large public universities and postsecondary systems to partner with a for-profit company known for providing massive, open online courses, or "MOOCs," is likely to have a trickle-down effect on the world of K-12 education in areas that could include professional development for educators and increased options for students who want to earn college credits while still in high school.
State higher education systems in New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, and other states announced recently that they would use the for-profit company Coursera —known for creating and offering MOOCs—to enhance their own educational offerings. Each institution is currently drafting a plan for how to mine Coursera's platform to either develop MOOCs or their own online, for-credit courses.
To date, MOOCs have largely been developed by higher education institutions for use in postsecondary environments. But the new venture by Coursera could provide valuable insights for K-12 systems, particularly when it comes to gathering research and information about how online courses can be made effective and engaging, said Susan D. Patrick, the president and chief executive officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning , or iNACOL, an advocacy and research group...
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