ERIC Number: EJ1005030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-22
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Coming to Terms with MOOCs: A Community College Angle
Fifield, Mary L.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jan 2013
When MIT approached Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to participate in edX, the new Harvard/MIT massive open online course (MOOC) initiative, the administrators reacted with both interest and skepticism. What did MIT have in mind for Bunker Hill Community College? Today at BHCC, the establishment of "Learning Communities" transforms traditional classrooms into peer-focused collaborative ventures based on commonly shared experiences. In five years, learning communities have become a central and unifying feature of teaching and learning at BHCC, currently involving more than one third of the student body. For community colleges, it is difficult to imagine that MOOCs can make a significant contribution to the college mission without being successfully adapted to incorporate the human interaction.
Descriptors: Interaction, Community Colleges, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size, Two Year Colleges, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts