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A Lecture Series on the Prospects and Possibilities of Massive Open Online Courses
The current generation of MOOCs have significant limitations in meeting important needs, especially those in computing education. Computer science is overwhelmingly male and white or Asian. Only one out of twelve high schools in the United States has a computer science teacher. While MOOCs began in computer science and many MOOCs teach computer science, they are even less diverse than face-to-face CS classes, and high school teachers are in the demographic least likely to complete a MOOC. We have been developing mechanisms for addressing these problems, so that we can meet the needs of computing education to diversify and prepare teachers, on-line and at large scale. We use subgoal labeling to improve learning from videos, low cognitive load activities for learning programming, and a schedule-negotiate approach to pacing on-line courses.
Mark Guzdial, is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on learning sciences and technology, specifically, computing education research. He has published several books on the use of media as a context for learning computing. He was the original developer of the "Swiki" which was the first wiki designed for educational use. He serves on the ACM's Education Council, and is on the editorial boards of the "Journal of the Learning Sciences," "ACM Transactions on Computing Education," and "Communications of the ACM." With his wife and colleague, Barbara Ericson, he received the 2010 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator award. He was also the recipient of the 2012 IEEE Computer Society Undergraduate Teaching Award.