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Type: Journal article
Title: Addressing the challenges of a new digital technologies curriculum: MOOCs as a scalable solution for teacher professional development
Author: Vivian, R.
Falkner, K.
Falkner, N.
Citation: Research in Learning Technology, 2014; 22:24691-1-24691-19
Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 2156-7069
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Rebecca Vivian, Katrina Falkner and Nickolas Falkner
Abstract: England and Australia have introduced new learning areas, teaching computer science to children from the first year of school. This is a significant milestone that also raises a number of big challenges: the preparation of teachers and the development of resources at a national scale. Curriculum change is not easy for teachers, in any context, and to ensure teachers are supported, scaled solutions are required. One educational approach that has gained traction for delivering content to large-scale audiences are massively open online courses (MOOCs); however, little is known about what constitutes effective MOOC design, particularly within professional development contexts. To prepare teachers in Australia, we decided to ride the wave of MOOCs, developing a MOOC to deliver free computing content and pedagogy to teachers with the integration of social media to support knowledge exchange and resource building. The MOOC was designed to meet teacher needs, allowing for flexibility, ad-hoc interactions, support and the open sharing of resources. In this paper, we describe the process of developing our initiative, participant engagement and experiences, so that others encountering similar changes and reforms may learn from our experience.
Keywords: Scaling up; MOOCs; open access; professional development; online course; computer science education
Rights: © 2014 R. Vivian et al. Research in Learning Technology is the journal of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), a UK-based professional and scholarly society and membership organisation. ALT is registered charity number 1063519. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 License (http://, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v22.24691
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