M is for MOOC

Posted on September 15, 2013. Filed under: MOOC |

This summer I had the pleasure of participating in a Massive Open Online Course offered by Montclair State University’s ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technologies. This fully online, self-paced and engaging MOOC was entitled Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age. The program provided eight unique and practical learning modules for preparing to teach in the digital age.  Each of the eight modules required approximately five hours of online discussion, research and project-based work per week totaling up to 40 professional development hours. The only requirement for obtaining all forty professional development hours is that you complete a small project after completing each module due by the end of the program.

My reason for taking this MOOC was two fold. First, I am a life long learner and I was very interested in learning how classroom teachers are using technology in the classroom to enhance the learning experience. The very first module engaged the participants in a discussion about Digital Literacy and Citizenship.  A sample of topics included: Common Core State Standards, Creating Infographics, Social Media and Problem Based Learning.  In addition to the assigned readings, videos, and websites, each week we participated in a live chat to discuss the topic for the week and assignment. These chats encourage the participant to become a learning community. I found them helpful as we shared additional resources and information about our experiences teaching. I learned a great deal from my classmates who were primarily classroom teachers, some veteran educators and some newly minted teachers. Several of the participants were from private and charter schools which added a different perspective as well as, difference between New York and New Jersey education systems.

My second reason for taking the MOOC was to experience an online course as a student. Some of the literature about MOOC’s indicate that many participants lose interest and often drop out.  What I learned is there is a learning curve, some things I knew and some things were new to me. I also learned the more I time I put into these modules the more I learned. This MOOC has been instrumental in helping me design a hybrid course that I am teaching this fall.  Where I may have spent more than 40 hours engaged in learning, it was well worth my time and money.

If you are curious about MOOC’s and want to learn more about this MOOC, you can visit the link.

ADP Center for Teaching and Learning

I have provided two links for you to learn more about MOOC’s.

How to Succeed in a Massive Open Online Course

What others are saying about the MOOC 

If you have participated in a MOOC, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.


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