MOOCs For Teacher Training–Not a Fan

Alfred Thompson, Dec 17, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

First of all, I think this is just a use of the term 'MOOC' to mean 'online learning'. But more importantly, I am left wondering how long it's going to take to get with the program. Mark Guzdial writes, "Google's program to fund high school teacher professional development in CS will no longer fund face-to-face workshops. All on-line ONLY. Wish we could have figured out how to do online CS teacher workshops effectively first." Leaving aside the fact that it's Google, why would it take so long how to do this online? Especially for Google-funded computer science teachers! Alfred Thompson writes, "This seems like a big step backwards." It seems to me to be a step forward. Google probably figures that unless they cut off the funding for in-person training, teachers will never learn how to do it online. I know that's what I'd be trhinking after the years and years the Google teacher training program has been in place. (Photo: Greg Lindstrom, Daily Camera)

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