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Experiences in Using a MOOC to Support Teacher Professional Development of a New AP Course in Computer Science
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, , The University of Alabama, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper presents our experience in designing and delivering a free multi-week MOOC with Google Course Builder (GCB), which was deployed on the Google App Engine (GAE) cloud server. The course was offered mainly to high school teachers in the US who were interested in learning about the curriculum and pedagogical strategies for teaching a new Advanced Placement (AP) course that is being created by the College Board. The new course, called Computer Science Principles (CSP), is designed to cover topics about computer science in a manner that is appealing to a broad range of students. More than one thousand CS teachers from 45 US states and 6 countries participated in this online workshop. Our experience suggests that the freely available features available in Course Builder offer many advantages for designing and delivering MOOCs, yet there are some challenges that we faced in our initial adoption. This paper describes our experience as a first-time MOOC developers.

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Hossain, M.M. & Gray, J. (2015). Experiences in Using a MOOC to Support Teacher Professional Development of a New AP Course in Computer Science. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 344-350). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 16, 2019 from .

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