Online Learning Update

November 19, 2013

Will MOOCs Change the Way Professors Handle the Classroom?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by Jeffery R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Along came MOOCs, which cast professors as heroic providers of knowledge to the masses. The high-profile projects have led many faculty members to consider trying new teaching approaches, even if they don’t teach MOOCs. Professors seem eager to trade stories of their high-tech teaching projects, most notably experiments with “flipping” their classrooms. Such flipping essentially means asking students to watch video lectures for homework and reserving class time for interactive projects and discussions. Some colleges are giving release time or grants to professors to encourage MOOCs or teaching experiments, or are offering to share any future revenues. These new approaches challenge fundamental notions of the role of the professor in the classroom.

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