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Investigating the Potential of MOOCs in K-12 Teaching and Learning Environments ARTICLE

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Journal of Online Learning Research Volume 1, Number 1, ISSN 2374-1473 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


The massive open online course (MOOC) is a relatively new concept in K-12 teaching and learning environments. Although significant work has been done with MOOCs since 2008, it has only been recently that MOOCs have been studied with K-12 populations. The purpose of this study was to further examine the motivation of K-12 students enrolled in a MOOC about teaching in the 21st century. This article provides both quantitative and qualitative evidence that suggests MOOCs can be effectively integrated with high school students. The paper concludes with a discussion of the potential value of using MOOCs and other technologies to provide experiences to students they might not currently have in traditional, blended, or online environments.


Nigh, J., Pytash, K.E., Ferdig, R.E. & Merchant, W. (2015). Investigating the Potential of MOOCs in K-12 Teaching and Learning Environments. Journal of Online Learning Research, 1(1), 85-106. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 14, 2018 from .


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