The Digital Learning Transition MOOC for Educators: Exploring a Scalable Approach to Professional Development

Glenn M. Kleiman, Mary Ann Wolf, David Frye, Sept 17, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a report on a MOOC supporting professional development for educators (9 page PDF) called MOOC-Ed. I appreciated the level of detail, and the lessons learned were exactly those we've observed in several years of building cMOOCs. Here they are:

  • Continue DLT MOOC-Eds to provide much-needed professional development.
  • Design MOOC-Eds to serve a diverse group of participants.
  • Provide flexibility to accommodate participants’ schedules.
  • Recommend and support participation by local teams.
  • Support personalized definitions of success and completion.

"MOOC-Eds are built on research-based models of effective professional development, professional learning communities, and online communities of practice. The courses focus on authentic, project-based learning, collaboration, and peer-supported learning, rather than tests and grades that are needed in other types of MOOCs."

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