It's in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts

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Abstract

Programming is considered as an essential skill in the 21st century. Visual programming languages and age-appropriate development environments allow an easy entry into this field. Nevertheless, it is very challenging to bring those skills in a very short time frame to schools, to their teachers, and to school children themselves. Therefore, Graz University of Technology started a Massive Open Online Course named "Learning to code: Programming with Pocket Code" which is intended to teach coding skills to school children as well as teachers in a very fast, flexible and effective way. The learning content within the course is published under an open license to allow the reuse, modification and dissemination of the materials in different teaching and learning contexts. In this research work, we will present structure and concept of the MOOC. A special emphasis will be given on how the MOOC can be used in school and on the fact, that the content can be disseminated in a variety of ways.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceeding Open Education Global Conference
Place of PublicationDelft
Number of pages9
StatusPublished - 27 Apr 2018

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

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It's in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts. / Grandl, Maria; Ebner, Martin; Slany, Wolfgang; Janisch, Stefan.

Conference Proceeding Open Education Global Conference. Delft, 2018.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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