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Teacher Enrollment in MITx MOOCs: Are We Educating Educators?

12 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2014 Last revised: 18 Jan 2015

Daniel Thomas Seaton

Institutional Research; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Office of Digital Learning

Cody Austun Coleman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Jon P. Daries

Institutional Research

Isaac Chuang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Office of Digital Learning; MIT

Date Written: October 27, 2014

Abstract

Participants in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) come from an incredibly diverse set of backgrounds and act with a wide range of intentions (Christensen 2013, Ho 2014). Interestingly, our own recent surveys of 11 MITx courses on edX in the spring of 2014 show that teachers (versus traditional college students) are a significant fraction of MITx MOOC participants. This suggests many ways to improve and harness MOOCs, including the potential arising from the collective professional experience of participants, opportunities for facilitating educator networks, MOOCs as a venue for expert-novice interactions, and possible added value from enhancing teacher experience through accreditation models and enabling individual teacher re- use of MOOC content. Here, we present data in detail from these teacher enrollment surveys, illuminate teacher participation in discussion forums, and draw lessons for improving the utility of MOOCs for teachers.

Keywords: MOOC, Massive Open Online Course, MITx, edX, teacher, online learning, distance learning, higher education

Suggested Citation

Seaton, Daniel Thomas and Coleman, Cody Austun and Daries, Jon P. and Chuang, Isaac, Teacher Enrollment in MITx MOOCs: Are We Educating Educators? (October 27, 2014). http://www.educause.edu/ero. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515385 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2515385

Daniel Thomas Seaton (Contact Author)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Office of Digital Learning ( email )

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Cody Austun Coleman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

Jon P. Daries

Institutional Research ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

Isaac Chuang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Office of Digital Learning ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

MIT ( email )

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