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Mathematics-for-Teachers using a MOOC

, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Jacksonville, Florida, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-07-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


What mathematics experiences and knowledge do elementary teachers need and how might these be provided through a MOOC? While online courses have been part of the educational landscape for a couple of decades, MOOCs offer two innovations. First, a MOOC is open. Second, a MOOC is massive. In this paper I discuss the design, development and implementation of a mathematics-for-teachers MOOC, with specific focus on the five elements that were brought together to create the mathematics-for-teachers MOOC experience: (1) the instructional model, (2) the documentaries from classrooms showing students engaging with the same activities as the teachers, (3) the simulations and interactive explorations of concepts used to enhance conceptual insight and surprise, (4) the use of artistic and musical forms of communication, and (5) the nature of the discussion facilitated.


Gadanidis, G. (2014). Mathematics-for-Teachers using a MOOC. In M. Searson & M. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2014--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 310-314). Jacksonville, Florida, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 31, 2020 from .


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