MOOCs as tools for equity in under-resourced high schools

Posted on September 2nd, 2016

This article by Education Dive discusses two projects that are adapting the edX platform to support the needs of high school students and teachers. Boston University’s Project Accelerate is looking at whether their AP Physics MOOC can be effectively used to provide Advanced Placement physics instruction to at-risk students who may otherwise be unable to take the class. A similar initiative, Davidson Next, is being run out of Davidson College in North Carolina. The team has created modules for several AP courses, with content being developed by high school teachers who have written AP curricula and exams and/or graded AP exams. Daniel Seaton, a research scientist in Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning states, “What differentiates [the projects] from other MOOC creators is they’re actively trying to find ways to take that content and integrate it into traditional settings. People are catching on that the edX platform can be used in many, many different ways than just open online.”