The MOOC or massive open online course movement isn’t slowing down any time soon and one of the major players in the movement has just made the first step into the K-12 market. Coursera has launched its free professional development courses for teachers in K-12.
The learning company partnered with established institutions such as University of Washington College of Education, Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, the School of Education of Johns Hopkins University, Match Education’s Sposato Graduate School of Education, the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, the Relay Graduate School of Education, and the University of California, Irvine Extension.
Coursera also partnered with educational institutions and museums like the American Museum of Natural History, The Commonwealth Education Trust, the Exploratorium, The Museum of Modern Art, and New Teacher Center for instructional courses like how to incorporate engineering or technology into science lessons.
The courses will follow the same format as the others that the online learning site offers and will include the peer-grading approach where teachers can get feedback from other teachers. For example, they can ask for feedback on a lesson plan they created or a video of them teaching a class.
The professional development courses are free, but teachers can also opt to pay $30 to $100 for the Signature Track option, in which they can get their name verified and receive a certificate at the end of the course.
Coursera hopes one day the teachers will receive continuing education credits for taking their courses.