While massive open online courses, or MOOCs, may be the rage in higher education, the trend has been slow to make its way into the K-12 arena.
But Michigan Virtual University and Kent State University are taking MOOCs in that direction, with plans to launch online courses this month aimed at high school students interested in becoming teachers, as well as for higher education students currently studying to be teachers, and for educators.
The course, “K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century,” delves into strategies for using technology in online and blended settings and covers how to use digital tools to enhance learning. Its sponsors want to see whether the format can be beneficial in the K-12 environment.
More than 750 students have enrolled for the MOOC, which runs until Nov. 8.
A version of this article appeared in the October 09, 2013 edition of Education Week as MOOC Targets Needs of K-12 Teachers, Students