MOOC launched for computing teachers

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Designed to support the teaching of computing in schools the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is now live.

 

A partnership between exam board OCR, Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Raspberry Pi Foundation enable the first 80 videos to be released, which focus on hardware, data representation and programming. The learning aids are based upon the OCR computing GCSE curriculum and are primarily aimed at ICT teachers and 14-to-16-year-old students.

 

MOOC is free and accessible via smart phones and tablets, or pcs in the classroom and at home. 

 

ICT and Computing teacher, Julie Hodgson, presents videos on the MOOC. She believes these resources will really benefit teachers "as they deliver a range of topics in detail and can be incorporated as part of a lesson or put as a link on a VLE for homework.

 

"The MOOC will enable students to be more independent in their learning and make links between the wide variety of topics."

 

Mark Dawe, chief executive of OCR, said: "Everyone interested in learning the basics of computing should take advantage of this resource, whether it's for self-teaching, revision or alongside teaching of our GCSE course in the classroom. This school level MOOC is new to everyone and a potential model for rolling out in many other subjects.

 

"We are determined to learn from the release of each phase of the videos and welcome feedback along the way."

 

Jack Lang, chair of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, said: "We look forward to seeing more kids being able to discover just how rewarding and interesting computing can be, and to seeing what's next for the MOOC."


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A new synchronous tool that some MOOC instructors might be interested in looking at for bringing about more interaction in these massive courses is a large-scale video chat teaching platform called Shindig (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph1u6t4M34o).

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