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Can MOOCs Solve the STEM Problem?

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are being touted as the future of secondary education, and many proponents argue that the MOOC model may solve the U.S. shortage of technical workers. Skeptics, however, question the quality of the training provided by such online education courses.

In 2016, a group of students will receive master’s degrees in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology. These students will pay $7,000 for the degree – about one-sixth of the traditional cost – and may never set foot on campus. Thanks to an agreement between Georgia Tech, AT&T, and Udacity, a venture-capital funded online education start-up, students will learn virtually via a “massive open online course,” or MOOC.

Online education is not new, of course. About one-third of students today take at least one online course, but the MOOC model is different, and many believe it could revolutionize higher education, particularly for students studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s new series of events connecting school and district leaders across the nation, from the convenience of your own office.

We’re pleased to invite you to take part in this innovative new series of events from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt designed to help you address the challenges facing today’s educators. From tips and conversation to advice from other educational leaders in the field, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has harnessed the power of communication, connection, and collaboration to promote positive change in your district!

The aim of these events is to create a think-tank of education leaders who come together to share strategies and successes, solve problems, and brainstorm new initiatives, all toward a common goal—improving student achievement. Our Spring 2012 events will focus on helping educators implement sound STEM initiatives.

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