Massive Open Online Courses, abbreviated MOOCs, have become increasingly popular. Hundreds of thousands of people have signed up to take these free lectures, which are taught by some of the most accomplished professors in the field. While, the programs do not grant degrees, students can receive a certificate of completion. I never envision these programs replacing current education models. However, MOOCs can be used as an effective compliment to teaching. Flipped classroom methods of teaching are coming into use. Outside of class, students watch lectures, either of their teacher or of a MOOC, and in class students complete problems and work on a one on one level with the teacher. This style of teaching is starting to be used at the university level for math and engineering because it is a more efficient use of class time. It is similar to how students don’t read books in English class; rather, they discuss the books instead. Still, it may be years before MOOCs are considered for high school school use. If you are interested you can learn more about MOOCs by visiting the websites of Udacity,EdX, and Coursera, the three largest providers of MOOCs.
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