MOOCs are massive open online courses. I’m not too sold on this one, but my other choice was a flipped classroom. Flipped classrooms and MOOCs both say that students need to be very motivated and internet service is required more for flipped classrooms. Like with my situation these past few days, my internet access was limited. In my school district, most homes don’t have internet access and in most cases, the bandwidth cannot support heavy usage as it is slow. The school is the main source of internet usage, and it is very blocked at that. We cannot even access youtube because of the bandwidth issue.
MOOCs, I’m not too sure about, but I read from coetail.com that MOOCs used in elementary/middle school can be successful when the teacher does the course work right alongside the teacher (2013). The teacher’s guidance seems to help students maintain momentum.
I might not be doing the best work this week, but I read all the articles in the listed readings to choose between the flipped and the MOOCS. I think I need to do more research on MOOCs for the big presentation we are doing at the end of the semester.
The virtual educators critique that a motivated student can use MOOCs to prepare for high stakes exams. I read that the positive factors include that you can do this from anywhere and it’s free. It seems to be in the research state.
I was wondering if there are low completion rates and no credit for these. I am wondering and will be looking into a lower level kind of MOOC course for 6th grade students.
As an elementary teacher, it is important to know there are such options so that I can give these options to students who are advanced.