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The online-learning collaborative edX, is expanding its reach beyond higher education and will begin offering courses geared toward high school students. 26 high school courses were created by 14 institutions, including Weston High School.
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WHS science department’s Mary Liu is featured in the most recent edX blog. Click above to read about her work with digital teaching and learning.
WHS launches its first MOOC
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online courses open to anyone with internet access. The concept was hatched in the fall of 2011 at Stanford University. Enrollment quickly grew, spawning a company called Udacity and a rival partnership at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford and the University of Michigan, called Coursera.
MIT created a non-profit option called MITx, launching its first MOOC in March 2012. Harvard joined MITx and edX was born. The non-profit was soon joined by the University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas, Wellesley College and Georgetown University.
Anant Agarwal, a WHS parent and the CEO of edX, spoke to Weston faculty at their January 2014 professional development session about the potential of open coursework. Out of this meeting a partnership was formed between edX and Weston High School with the goal of launching two “on-ramp” courses to prepare high school students for the rigorous academic curricula of Advanced Placement Biology and AB or BC Calculus.
Biology teacher Mary Liu and Math teacher John Monz quarterbacked this MOOC “prototype” project last spring. Film teacher Ted Garland led the production process. The result was a two week course comprising a number of 3-5 minute “lessons,” which launched this past summer at Weston HS.
The success of the initial prototypes led to the announcement on September 10, 2014, of two MOOCs for high school students. French teacher Sophie Kulas and Physics teacher Boris Korsunsky are producing the content for these on-ramp courses in Advanced Placement French and Physics, which will be broadly available as part of the edX library of courses.
Principal Anthony Parker is very excited about being part of this initiative. “We are pioneers in this field and our faculty members are energized at the prospect of developing more courses in their departments. We have a ton to learn about what makes an effective lesson as well as how to produce quality experiences. Anything that can provide our students with new opportunities to learn is worth pursuing.”
To learn more see the Boston Globe article of Wednesday, September 10, announcing the launch.
Slideshow includes photos of John Monz, Mary Liu, Ted Garland and Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX.