This week we are delving in deeper to understand more about a MOOC. A MOOC is a Massive Online Open Course. A MOOC is a "new" way of learning online. A person can become a participant in a MOOC from anywhere in the world, on any type of computing device that has access to the internet. Think of a MOOC as a course of study that has many resources pulled together in one place that you can read, view, and share/interact with others. Here is a 4.26 minute video which gives an overview of a MOOC...
What is a MOOC?
How do MOOCs apply to teachers? For the answer to that question please refer to the abstract and introduction in this publication. What Massive Open Online Courses Have to Offer K-12 Teachers and Students
As I reflect on how MOOCs come into play in the course I am taking at UNH I am thinking that participating in a MOOC is like walking into a library filled with thousands of resources about the particular content that I am studying. It is better than the library that we all know because there is access to materials, peoples' feedback, opportunities to create and co-create, and connections with people, organizations, and teaching tools from all around the world...any time 24/7.
I see that MOOCs can extend learning and provide connections that have never been possible before. As a person involved in professional development I envision a MOOC is a fantastic way to support teachers as they desire to improve their professional practice. There are so very many opportunities right at a person's finger tips. The added convenience of professional development opportunities which can be utilized at one's own pace is also attractive. The interactive nature of a MOOC allows for collegiality and collaboration, two aspects of professional development which are critical.
As I learn more about MOOCs in my studies I will share my reflections and perhaps someday we will all be a part of an "Over Fifty Teachers" MOOC.