The highs and lows of a MOOC education

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In 2012 Sharon Watkins was watching a Ted talk when she came across the concept of MOOCs – massive open online courses. She was so impressed by the prospect of elite education being delivered for free to the masses, that she decided to set up a MOOC cohort where she works in Springfield, Ohio.

Ms Watkins is studying for a doctorate in education administration, and has worked with Springfield City School district to establish a learning café – an innovative programme that involves families in education.

She saw MOOCs as an opportunity to target motivated learners of any age regardless of ability, academic history or economic background.

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