OCR is delighted to announce the launch today of an enhanced version of its free Cambridge GCSE Computing MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The MOOC now uses adaptive learning technology to help teachers and students who are getting to grips with computing, which became a compulsory part of the curriculum this autumn.
This new development comes as the result of a partnership between OCR and adaptive technology firm Cogbooks, who are supplying the learning platform for the course.
The enhanced MOOC has also just been shortlisted for a 2015 BETT award in the ‘Free digital content / open education resource’ category.
The adaptive technology uses algorithms to recommend the most helpful next step for students based on their responses to material so far, allowing every student to progress through the course in a way which suits their individual needs. Teachers and learners will both be able to see how they are doing with a dashboard that shows their progress. The course supports the work of teachers by accelerating learning for some, but ensuring others don’t get left behind. It also offers forums for teachers and students to interact with each other.
Since its launch in 2013, over 22,000 users have registered with Cambridge GCSE Computing Online, developed by OCR in collaboration with Cambridge University Press and Raspberry Pi. The content is based on OCR’s GCSE in Computing. Teachers will continue to be able to access content from the original MOOC on www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org.
Christine Swan, Director of ICT and Enterprise at The Stourport High School and Sixth Form Centre, said: "As the teaching of computing became mandatory in state maintained schools from September 2014, many teachers are keen to find quality resources to support learning. It is essential that students can demonstrate independence and progress in their studies. While the MOOC is a fantastic development, this new system will allow students to work through concepts at their own pace and will either accelerate or reinforce concepts until competence has been demonstrated through adaptive testing. Teachers will also be able to track the progress of their students."
Liam Sammon, OCR’s Director of Education and Commercial Services, said: "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first complete GCSE level micro-adaptive learning MOOC available. We firmly believe that teachers are the guardians of education and should be at the heart of implementing the opportunities this technology can bring to the secondary age learner."
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