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Abstract Title: Using MOOCs for Professional Training of In-­service Teachers
Abstract: We report on two projects. First, the 8.MReV xMOOC is a course in mechanics, covering the same material as the MIT freshman physics course. Over it's past iterations, over 25% of the "students" have been teachers.  A special discussion section allows teachers to discuss pedagogies for teaching each chapter's material, and CEU credits are given. Second, we report on a recent short pilot of a hybrid cMOOC/xMOOC, called Maker Physics. It introduced participants to specific points of pedagogy, developed their comfort level with the EdX.org platform and encouraged the creation of physics content. Two working groups showed community style interactions during the creation of over 50 educational resources, although the pilot did not develop a course­-wide community. The course revealed a lack of shared premises and vocabulary between different areas of the educational community and began work on a shared discourse that could be the foundation of future collaborative models. Second, we found several places where both the technology and the pedagogy of the course needed smoother on-­ramps for students.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Getting Involved in Online PER

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dave Cormier
and Co-Presenter(s)
Piotr Mitros (edX) and David E. Pritchard (MIT)