MOOCs For Teacher Professional Development

posted on about her use of MOOCs as a way to ease back into teaching after a maternity leave. She gives several good reasons to view MOOCs as professional development for teachers. Almost all the attention with MOOCs has been, and still is, about students taking courses and ways to monetize them through credits. Personally, I am more interested in non-credit applications whether they be for young students, college students or lifelong learners.

By comparing four MOOCs, she was able to glean some “best practices” of MOOC pedagogy. Read her post for details, but at least think about some of her reasons as reasons why you might consider a MOOC for yourself.

- MOOCs give teachers a chance to see how other teachers work.
- You might become part of ongoing community conversations about topics that interest you.
- Taking a MOOC allows teachers to find out what it is like to be on the receiving end of eLearning today.
- You can find well-chosen (mostly free) resources on a topic or sub-topic
- and the MOOC itself is a resource that you might use in your own classroom.


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