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Posted on Jul 27, 2013

MOOC: Will These Four Letters Change K-12?

MOOC: Will These Four Letters Change K-12?

Find out how higher learning’s latest infatuation might play with younger students.

Cheap, hip, and tailored for the YouTube generation, MOOCs—massive open online courses—are the hottest thing in higher ed right now. But do they have potential for K–12 instruction?

Absolutely, says Raymond Schroeder, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. There’s already talk of using the MOOC model to offer more advanced-placement high school courses, and it’s likely interest will continue to grow. Many trends, online learning among them, begin in higher education and then move to the K–12 level, says Schroeder. “I think there’s potential for MOOCs to penetrate deep into K–12.”

By Michelle Locke, Scholastic