Teachers and MOOCs
I have argued for a while that I think the target audience for mSchool should be teachers. It makes sense given our institutional context and our deep knowledge of the education space. This story
from the Atlantic further highlights the fit between educators and online education.
“What jumped out for me was that ... as many as 39 percent of our learners [in MOOCs overall] are teachers,” said Isaac Chuang, one of the study’s lead researchers. In some of Harvard’s MOOCs, half the students were teachers. And in “Leaders of Learning”—a course out of its Graduate School of Education—a whopping two-thirds of participants identified as such.
I think the key to differentiating mSchool from HarvardX or Kahn will be creating learning experiences that go beyond the class model. Anyone have any ideas for metaphors?