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The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed to support teaching and learning of computing in schools goes live for all today.
The first 80+ bite-sized videos released today focus on concepts at the heart of computing – hardware, data representation and programming – essential for any teacher and student new to the subject.
A Cambridge-based partnership of OCR, Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Raspberry Pi Foundation is behind this first school level MOOC built upon a GCSE curriculum.
Designed primarily to support teachers and 14-to-16-year-old computing students, the course is accessible to anyone who wants to learn the basics of computer programming and demystify the world of algorithms, logic gates, and RAM.
This free MOOC is accessible on the go via smart phones and tablets, as well as on PCs in the classroom or at home. Featuring a rich combination of videos and learning exercises, participants can either complete the MOOC or use the resources in the classroom, as a revision aid, as a self-teaching resource for flipped classrooms, or a combination of all three.
The online course is aligned to OCR’s pioneering GCSE in Computing and the popular mini ‘Raspberry Pi’ computer plays a starring role. The GCSE and the Pi have helped to revive interest in computing in schools, following its absence from the curriculum for a generation.
In total, the MOOC will feature over 350 bite-sized videos ranging in length and style to suit different learners. Each is presented by experienced computer science teachers from across the UK.
ICT and computing teacher, Julie Hodgson, who presents videos on the MOOC says: “I think these resources will massively benefit teachers as they deliver a range of topics in detail and can be incorporated as part of a lesson or put as a link on a VLE for homework. The MOOC will enable students to be more independent in their learning and make links between the wide variety of topics.”
Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of OCR, says: “Everyone interested in learning the basics of computing should take advantage of this resource, whether it’s for self-teaching, revision or alongside teaching of our GCSE course in the classroom. This school level MOOC is new to everyone and a potential model for rolling out in many other subjects. We are determined to learn from the release of each phase of the videos and welcome feedback along the way.”
Access the new Computing MOOC now.