A Rear Window View > MOOCs
I know, I know. Really bad play on words, but I grew up in the Star Wars/Star Trek era and still love Sci-Fi. I don’t try to deny it and my wife just puts up with it!
So MOOC’s have been around for awhile now. I’m just getting into the game at this point and I suspect many of you are doing the same or at least considering it. I’ve just started my first MOOC titled, Coaching Digital Learning. From the course description,
The Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed is brought to you by the Digital Learning Collaborative a program of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education. The content was developed by a team of passionate digital learning innovators, coaches, and geeks: Brittany Miller, Lisa Hervey, and Jaclyn B. Stevens, with many others from school districts and other organizations throughout the country contributing to planning and facilitating the course. See CDL Team for more information.
Finding and signing up for a MOOC is easy. The hard part will be following through on the class. I’ve completed unit 1. The MOOC is free, but I can still get CEU’s for completing the course. In my opinion, the free part is what keeps many people from completing a MOOC. According to a report in Inside Higher Ed, completion rates for MOOCs range from a low of 3.5% to as high as 40%. In all, more people fail to complete them than those that finish. Will I finish mine? Time will tell. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, you might want to try a MOOC yourself. Here are some resources to get you started in your search.